Aaron is a Chicago poet who I met through Northwestern’s MFA program. In our workshops together, I came to appreciate his thoughtful approach to critique and his particular focus on the rhythm, rhyme, and meter of the poems discussed. Although writing primarily in free verse himself, these more formal structural elements are embedded throughout his poems, and account for their tightly-woven sound, especially when read aloud. I am so pleased to feature four of his poems here – an excerpt from a longer manuscript that takes our ‘selfie’ culture as a starting point and moves outward.
–Virginia Smith Rice
Aaron DeLee was born and raised in South Bend, Indiana, and moved to Chicago in 2001. He graduated from Loyola University of Chicago in 2005 with a BA in English: Creative Writing. He went on to receive his MFA in Creative Writing: Poetry from Northwestern University. His work has appeared in Court Green, Bloom, Mad Hatter’s Review, and various other publications. His work has also been commissioned, set to music and performed by a Chicago opera troupe, VOX3, with a series titled, Iconic Waltzes. Aaron founded and organizes a long-lasting gay bookclub on Chicago’s northside and works with TriQuarterly Online.