Neil Carpathios

Neil Carpathios (Poetry) | Portsmouth, OH

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Neil Carpathios is the author of six full-length poetry collections: The Door on Every Tear (Wipf and Stock, 2020), Far Out Factoids (FutureCycle Press, 2017), Confessions of a Captured Angel (Terrapin Books, 2016), Beyond the Bones (FutureCycle Press, 2009), At the Axis of Imponderables (winner of the Quercus Review Press Book Award, 2007), and Playground of Flesh (Main Street Rag, 2005). He also has written several chapbooks, all the result of national poetry chapbook competitions, most recently The Function of Sadness (Slipstream Press, 2015). He is the editor of the anthology Every River on Earth: Writing from Appalachian Ohio (Ohio University Press, 2014). He is the recipient of various awards and fellowships, including three Individual Excellence Awards in poetry from the Ohio Arts Council.

The Door on Every Tear (Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2020). Poetry.
Far Out Factoids (FutureCycle Press, 2017). Poetry. with Art by Carole Carpathios.
Confessions of a Captured Angel (Terrapin Books, 2016). Poetry.
Beyond the Bones (FutureCycle Press, 2009). Poetry.
At the Axis of Imponderables (Quercus Review Press Book Award, 2007). Poetry.
Playground of Flesh (Main Street Rag, 2006). Poetry.


  • The Function of Sadness (Slipstream Press, 2015). Poetry.
  • Greatest Hits (Pudding House Press, 2003). Poetry.
  • In the Womb of Kisses (Spare Change Press, 2003). Poetry.
  • The Weight of the Heart (Blue Light Press, 2000). Winner, Blue Light Press Poetry Chapbook Contest. Poetry.
  • God’s Experiment (The Ledge Press, 2000). Winner, The Ledge Annual Poetry Chapbook Contest. Poetry.
  • I the Father (Millenian Press, 1993). Essays/Poetry.

Blurbs, Press, & Reviews

“Neil Carpathios’s book is lively and erotic, sweet, sad, and funny–like the best parts of daily life. These are poems of tender observation, mindful of the many ways we worry about each other, and about the world in general, and about God as well, who may or may not be worrying about us…”
—Lawrence Raab

“Neil Carpathios exposes daily life unflinchingly. These are frank, razor-sharp and tender excursions into reality, with God, and with the dead, part of the daily round…”
—Jane Miller

“It’s been awhile since a young poet has badgered himself with as many imaginative questions as Neil Carpathios. He has committed his ‘looking’ into the immediate possibilities of reality…thus, these poems are fueled, line-by-line, by all of life’s negotiations.”
—Thomas Sayers Ellis

“Neil Carpathios is a poet full of grace.”
—Denise Duhamel

“Any poet who can compare taking communion to swallowing a sea-monkey, or a stand of trees to a classroom full of children raising their hands, or pneumonia to taking a swim forever, immediately gets my attention. Carpathios connects the dots of the world with his poems, and makes a wholeness (which is hope) that is rare and original, which is what Beyond the Bones is: original and rare.”
—Thomas Lux

“He delves do near to the heart and dares to put on paper what it’s like to be human, with all its blessings, fears, curses, and wonders.’
—Nin Andrews

“I can think of few poets who could serve as more reliable guides to the confusing and beautiful terrain of the heart.”
—George Bilgere

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