Corn, Alfredin full Alfred Dewitt Corn III (b. Aug. 14, 1943, Bainbridge, Ga., U.S.)
American poet whose mild-mannered, meditative lyrics belie a considerable sophistication.
Corn attended Emory University and Columbia University and taught at several universities. He earned critical acclaim for his first volume of verse, All Roads at Once (1976). The poems in A Call in the Midst of the Crowd (1978) are all about New York City, notably the lengthy title poem. Notes from a Child of Paradise (1984), one of Corn's best-known works, is a long semiautobiographical poem modeled after the Paradiso in Dante's La divina commedia. Other verse collections include The Various Light (1980), An Xmas Murder (1987), The West Door (1988), and Autobiographies (1992). The Pith Helmet (1992) is a book of aphorisms.