Aaron Poochigian (1973- )
Poochigian grew up in Grand Forks, North Dakota, studied poetry at Moorhead State University, and Classics at the University of Minnesota. He was a visiting professor of Classics at the University of Utah and D. L. Jordon Fellow at Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia. He now lives and writes in New York City. He has published translations, with introduction and notes, of Sappho’s poems and fragments for Penguin Classics, and his translations of Aeschylus, Aratus and Apollonius of Rhodes appear in the Norton Anthology of Greek Literature in Translation.
Most recently, he has published an edition of Aratus’ astronomical poem, The Phaenomena, with his introduction and notes. His original poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Arion, The Dark Horse, Poetry Magazine and Smartish Pace.
The Cosmic Purr: Poems
Able Muse Press, 2012.
Aaron Poochigian’s collection displays the nomadic imagination of a poet who is able to sink deep into the imagination of each person and place he stops along his travels: the arresting beauty of a snowfall on I-29 in North Dakota, the anxiety of a dreamer in France, the tragic justice of Ancient Greek mythology. He wanders far but always returns to a common theme –human longing—for justice based on fairness rather than retribution, for a deeper connection to the land we lay waste to, for a greater purpose to everyday events. The unique power of poetry is its ability to say more with fewer words— in this, Poochigian is a master.