Biography of Peter Klappert
Peter Klappert (born 1942 Rockville Centre, New York) is an American poet.
He grew up in West Hempstead, New York, and Rowayton, Connecticut. He graduated from Cornell University and the University of Iowa, with an M.A. and an M.F.A.
His work has appeared in AGNI, Antaeus, Atlantic Monthly, Harper's, Ploughshares, AWP Chronicle, Lambda Book Report, The Gettysburg Review, and The Southern Review.
He was Briggs-Copeland Lecturer at Harvard University, and Writer-in-Residence at College of William and Mary.
He taught at Rollins College and New College of Florida. He currently teaches at George Mason University.
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What a day to dismantle a roller-coaster.
Well, they are taking it down--
the tracks are all over the ground
and the ties drawn up. The ticket office
is shut, the calliope covered with tarps.
These workmen move their rides
from town to town, with the weather,
and a day gained dismantling