A Man, Ostensibly
by Bart Baxter
A Man, Ostensibly, Bart Baxter's fifth volume of poetry, consists of formal poems: sonnets, two villanelles and a sestina. Baxter's poems are written in a casual voice, which offsets and enhances the consistent rhyme and meter of the sonnet form. The speaker in these poems questions the reasoning powers of the young; wonders about the meaning of family; and the value of one's own identity.
Baxter is the author of four previous poetry collections: The Man with St. Vitus’ Dance (Floating Bridge Press, 2000), Sonnets from the Mare Imbrium (Floating Bridge Press, 1999), Peace for the Arsonist (Bacchæ Press, 1995), and Driving Wrong (Poetry Around Press, 1992). His work has appeared in many literary magazines, such as The Formalist, Poetry, The Ohio Review, Ergo, Seattle Review, Red Cedar Review, and The Raven Chronicles.
In 1998, he was awarded first place at the 1998 Seattle Poetry Grand Slam, and, again in 1994, the MTV Poetry Grand Slam. He was a member of the 1998 Seattle team that competed in the National Poetry Slam. He was featured at the Washington Distinguished Poets Series, Northwest BookFest Panel on Neo-Formalism and the Whidbey Island Writers Conference. Baxter’s literary awards also include the 2002 and 1994 Seattle Arts Commission Grants; 1999 King County Arts Commission Grant; 1st Place 1999 Floating Bridge Press Chapbook Competition; 1997 William Stafford Award; 1996 Carlin Aden Award; 1994 Charles Proctor Award (Washington State); and the 1994 Hart Crane Award for poetry at Kent State University.