BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE: Duane Locke, Doctor of Philosophy in Renaissance Literature, Professor Emeritus of the Humanities, Poet in Residence at University of Tampa for over twenty years. Has had over 2,000 of his own poems published in over 500 print magazines such as American Poetry Review, Nation, Literary Quarterly, Black Moon, and Bitter Oleander. Is author of 14 books of poems, his latest print book is WATCHING WISTERIA (to order write Vida Publishing, P. O. Box 12665, Lake Park, FL 33405-0665, or Amazon or Barnes and Nobel). Since Sept 1, 1999, he became a cyber poet and started submitting on-line, and since September 1999 he has added to his over 2,000 print acceptances with 1,913 acceptances by e-zines. 187 more to reach having over 4,000 poems published.
Recently, an e-book book published by Ze Books entitled THE SQUID'S DARK INK (click on http.www.blquanbeck.com/zebookcompany). Forthcoming from 4*9*1 Neo Naive Imagination, another e-book entitled THE DEATH OF DAPHNE containing poems never before published.
He is also a painter. Recently had exhibitions as Thomas Center Galleries (Gainsville, FL) and Tyson Trading Company (Micanopy, FL) and a one-man show at Pyramid Galleries (Tampa, FL).
Also, a photographer, has had 138 of his photos selected for appearance in e-zines. He photographs trash in alleys. Moves close to find beauty in what people have thrown away.
He now lives alone in a two-story decaying house in the sunny Tampa slums. He lives isolated and estranged as an alien, not understanding the customs, the costumes, the language (some form of postmodern English) of his neighbors. The egregious ugliness of his neighborhood has recently been mitigated by the esthetic efforts of the police force who put bright orange and yellow posters on the posts to advertise the location a shopping mall for drugs. His alley is the dumping ground for stolen cars. One advantage of living in this neighborhood, if your car is stolen, you can step out in the back and pick it up. Also, the burglars are afraid to come in on account of the muggers.
His recreational activities are drinking wine, listening to old operas, and reading postmodern philosophy.