Weights & Measures
Associate Professor of English
Department of English & Philosophy
Miriam N. Kotzin's ability to use an eclectic scope of formal approaches in her book Weights & Measures is remarkable; she writes everything from prose poems to a crown of sonnets, "Tea Ceremonies in Winter," which is as deep and clear as a tarn. Her subject matter is wide and varied, too, ranging from the grim to the empyrean. What I like best about her work is that it is not merely musical, but that it is beautifully clear in its meanings. It's hard to write real language music at the same time that one writes to be understood, but Miriam Kotzin can do it, and she does it well. Readers should love this collection.-Lewis Turco Miriam Kotzin's Weights & Measures is an impressive collection, with fastidious craftsmanship, accuracy of vision, and a depth of feeling that we seldom see so happily combined.-David Slavitt In Weights & Measures, poet Miriam Kotzin connects with the reader so immediately that her craftsmanship works unnoticed until the last word of each poem invites rereading, this time with growing awareness of how that word has been arrived at and prepared for. - Rhina P. Espaillat
About Dr. Kotzin
Dr. Kotzin is the author of A History of Drexel University. She has more than 120 poems and 60 short stories in over 100 publications, including Southern Humanities Review, Carve Magazine, The Pedestal Magazine, Small Spiral Notebook, and Three Candles. She is also a Contributing Editor for Boulevard. She received an Exemplary Teaching Award as well as three nominations for a Pushcart Prize for Poetry. One of her short stories was named a Notable Story, one of the best online short stories published during 2005, in the Million Writers Award. She is also the Founding Editor of Per Contra.
Dr. Kotzin teaches several courses in the English Program, including Creative Writing, Writing Poetry, Readings in Poetry, Readings in Drama, and Readings in Fiction. She also teaches in the Freshman Writing Program.