NC Literary Hall of Fame



Failure Is Unimportant by Harry Calhoun

Flutter Press
$8.70, paperback
September, 2013
Available from the publisher

"Calhoun’s greatest strength in these poems lies in the unaffected clarity with which he shares the lucky burden of loving."
—Phebe Davidson, Wild Goose Poetry Review

In Failure is Unimportant, Harry Calhoun once again writes about courage and failure, life and death, and the layers of what seem on the surface to be mundane daily occurrences. Reviewers have compared his work to that of Billy Collins and Raymond Carver, and reviewer Phebe Davidson has described his poetry as “deft and adroit, conversational and profound.”

Harry Calhoun has had work published in various poetry journals and more than a dozen books and chapbooks over the past three decades. His career has included Pushcart nominations, Sundress Best of the Net nominations, and publications in Abbey, Orange Room Review, Faircloth Review, Thunder Sandwich, Lily and others. Recent chapbook publications include The Insomnia Poems (2011), Maintenance and Death, Retro, and the chapbook of love poems, How Love Conquers the World (all 2012). Harry lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with his wife Trina and his dogs Hamlet and Harriet. His website is

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