Thomas Bolt

"Bolt writes with a deadly,
stiletto-sharp focus and
with a passion that is
not only believable, but
enticing and contagious."




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Recent poems


THOMAS BOLT's writing has appeared in n+1, BOMB, The Paris Review, The Yale Review, Agni, Epiphany, Southwest Review, Nuovi Argomenti (in Italian translation), and Poberezh'e (in Russian translation). Yale University Press published his poetry collection, Out of the Woods, in 1989.

Bolt has collaborated with composers Anna Clyne (on a song) and Sebastian Currier (on Night Mass, a choral piece, and Nightmaze, a 45-minute multimedia work with narrator, chamber ensemble, and highway signs that has been performed in New York, Philadelphia, and Chicago).

He has received fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and was awarded the Rome Prize for Literature.


"The principal thing, to which all else is subsidiary, is the sheer verbal ecstasy [...]. When he gets rolling—and virtually any subject matter can be the stimulus—he's like Alvin Lee or Jimi Hendrix on a riff that leaves paraphrase and analysis far behind."

—Jeffrey Gustavson



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Wikipedia entry
(neither by me
nor by anyone
I know)


  Teenager, photobooth, pretantious teeshirt:

    High school nonparticipant:

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Ann and Jan are offscreen, laughing at me.

At Belmont Park, playing the horses:

    In London, fake photobooth stickers from the Trocadero:


Photo credit: Jonathan Barkey.
"The Fix is in."






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Younger still:
my modeling career takes off and splashes down in LOOK magazine