Paul Mangus

Poetry | University of Akron | Class of 2021

In the poetry collection Match Bitten, we are animals, or almost animals. We sit awestruck beneath a celestial ceiling, and ask the stones and crystals around us for a glimpse of their wisdom. Fortunately, we have fire, an element that pervades and illuminates this volume. The poem “the day I blew away with the rest of the leaves” states, “forgive me for not forgetting / I could be mixed in with the rest of the foliage / all barren / reaching towards a moonlit sky.” Paul Mangus reminds us that we are part of this earth, and while doing so, he makes us feel more alive.  —Mary Biddinger

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About Paul

Paul Mangus is an emerging poet, editor, and teacher from Akron, Ohio.

PAUL'S FAST FACTS
Your most awkward moment with a famous writer?

Having to meet Sam Sax for a second time. He didn’t remember me at all.

Choice of last meal?

Shepherd's Pie

What’s on your nightstand right now?

More crystals than I’ll ever use or need.