X.J. Kennedy
(b. 1929)
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Ars Poetica
A Brat's Reward
Cross Ties
The Devil's Advice to Poets
Epigrams: Three Japanese Beetles
Little Elegy
Nothing in Heaven Functions as It Ought
Nude Descending a Staircase
You Touch Me


X.J. (Joseph) Kennedy has published six collections of verse:  the earliest is Nude Descending a Staircase (Doubleday, 1961; still in print from Carnegie Mellon University Press); the latest, Dark Horses (Johns Hopkins, 1992).  He has also authored eighteen children's books and several textbooks including An Introduction to Poetry, 8th edition, with Dana Gioia (Longman, 2002).  He lives in Lexington, MA (additional biographical information can be found on his site by clicking here).  Many of Mr. Kennedy's books can be found on Amazon.com (click the link below).  His book Cross Ties: Selected Poems can be ordered from Backinprint.com.