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Bill YarrowBill Yarrow is the author of Pointed Sentences (BlazeVOX, 2012) and Incompetent Translations and Inept Haiku (Červená Barva Press, 2013). His poems have appeared in many print and online magazines including Treehouse, Contrary, RHINO, PANK, and DIAGRAM.


"It is not often poetry or 'Prosetry' (prose/poetry combined) has an edge of the truly experimental, but Bill Yarrow's work does. He explores what lies between psychological and physical perception with a sharpness of vision and wit. He also has an engaging, common-man voice, which lends an emotional center to all of his work, which is never off-putting or over intellectual. His work engages on two levels - that of the child surprised by a new morning and its curiosities and that of an old soul, chagrined by what he finds. Explore Bill Yarrow. He is an important voice of our time."

—V. V. Saichek



"Many poets could write other poets' poems, but there's no one anywhere who could write a Bill Yarrow poem except Bill Yarrow. With a bizarre grace that suggests a truly individual aesthetic, his poems navigate the razor's edge between the rhetorically polished and the emotionally raw. Like a Dadaist version of John Donne, Yarrow takes an axe to common poetic assumptions."

—Stephen-Paul Martin, author of Changing the Subject



"In Bill Yarrow’s Pointed Sentences, the poems flow from an exceptional command of language and syntax, combined with a wanderer’s willingness to go where the road takes him. With his classicist’s literacy it might be easy for Yarrow to write poetry just slightly torqued from the familiar, and to do so very successfully, but consistently he refuses the option and in doing so offers up poetry which is fresh, exciting with discovery and the sense that in his hands we’ve not simply revisited that which we already knew."

—David Ackley, THIS Literary Magazine



"Incompetent Translations and Inept Haiku is a masterfully competent and original course in comparative poetics, an erudite inside joke that will make you laugh out loud. Hilarious and apt send-ups of Whitman, Rimbaud, Lermontov, Yeats, and Bishop and Yarrow’s own poetic voice make this literary tour a tour de force—funny, moving, and unique."

—Larissa Shmailo, author of In Paran


Bill Yarrow's chapbook, The Lice of Christ, is now available from MadHat Press.


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