Professor Emeritus of Anthropology in residence at Truman State University, Robert Bates Graber continues to write anthropology but recently has begun publishing poetry as well. His anthropological corpus includes the very readable books Plunging to Leviathan? (Paradigm Publishers, 2006) and Valuing Useless Knowledge (Truman State U Press, 1995). With a longstanding love of English literature, he has been influenced as a poet especially by Shakespeare, Tennyson, Robert Frost, and Richard Wilbur. When a friend innocently asked, following Pluto's provocative demotion in 2006, "Is plutonium an element?" Graber was inspired to write Plutonic Sonnets, a 165-poem epic sonnet cycle around and about the discovery and naming of planets and elements. The sonnets, mostly of the incomparable "Shakespearean" form, are full of history, myth, science, and romance.
Graber lives with his wife, Rose, in Kirksville, Missouri where he enjoys bicycle racing, backyard astronomy, and classical guitar.
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