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The Dead Eat Everything

Michael Mlekoday

Publication Year: 2014

“This book is a document of a particular world, real, wrenched from the poet’s life, as if written with a gun to his head or a spike through his heart. Reading it is like opening a damp newspaper wrapped around a big fish just caught, fins glistening, scales shining, one rhymed eye open and looking right at you, daring you to eat the whole thing.” —Dorianne Laux, author of The Book of Men

“The Dead Eat Everything, Michael Mlekoday’s furious first collection, is a cypher of old-school curses, elegy, and wordplay that snaps like gunplay. The book begins with a self-portrait when ‘summer was one wet weapon after another’ and doesn’t stop. Not for a power outage, Catholic mass, or sewer steam. Not for a ‘four-finger ring that says DOPE.’ Not for the city that repeats itself like breakbeats in the head. The poems in this book are as relentless as a Minneapolis winter. And when the speaker says, ‘Scientists have proven that the mouth is the last part of the body to die,’ we understand that the mouth hangs on just to speak poems like these.”—Adrian Matejka, author of The Big Smoke

“It’s easy to forget—because of the brute beauty of the language; because of lines like ‘I have made gods / of my skinned hands’; because of the whiplash brilliance roped through these poems—that deeply, ultimately, this is a book of mourning, of sorrow, of loss: for a dad, a Baba, a city, a home. But, to boot, Michael Mlekoday’s The Dead Eat Everything is a book of magic: watch sorrows be converted to music. And music, don’t forget, makes you dance. Makes you move. Moves you.” —Ross Gay, author of Bringing the Shovel Down

“The Dead Eat Everything is a haunting—an unsharpened visitation of memories. Each poem unfolds itself as if we are just now remembering stories told to us long ago, simultaneously new and exciting while comforting in their familiarity. Mlekoday’s debut collection glows. Let it. Let it light the way home.”—Sierra DeMulder, author of New Shoes on a Dead Horse

Published by: The Kent State University Press

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Cover

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pp. 1-1

Winner of the 2012 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize ? Dorianne Laux, Judge?This book is a document of a particular world, real, wrenched from the poet?s life, as if written with a gun to his head or a spike through his heart. Reading it is like opening a damp newspaper wrapped around a big fish just caught, fins glistening, scales shining, one rhymed eye open and looking right at you, daring you to eat the whole thing.??Dorianne Laux, author of The Book of Men...

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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. 2-5

The Dead Eat Everything by Michael Mlekoday Dorianne Laux, JudgeThe Gospel of Barbecue by Honor?e Fanonne Je?ers Lucille clifton, JudgeThe Wick Poetry Series is sponsored by the Wick Poetry Center at Kent State University. ??13?3?41?...

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Contents

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pp. v-vi

...dictator, by Which i Mean the Mother Brandishing a Pistol with a ...

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Foreword

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pp. vii-viii

...?There is a crack in my soul, and i can hear it trembling, quivering, stirring yes, wow, this Michael Mlekoday is the bomb!! and what a dynamic reader! i went online and watched a few of his youtube videos and he is also one hell of a spoken Word poet. This makes me feel good, to have found someone who needed finding. There?s so much out there in ...

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pp. 1-2

Self-Portrait with Gunshot Vernacular

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Dictator, by Which I Mean the Mother Brandishing a Pistol with a Piñata over Her Head

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pp. 4-4

In Minneapolis, My Father

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pp. 5-6

Self-Portrait, Wearing Bear Skull as Mask

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pp. 7-7

First Plague

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pp. 8-9

Self-Portrait, July

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pp. 10-10

The Novelty Doorbell Turns Prehistoric

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pp. 11-11

Forage

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pp. 12-13

Home Remedies

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pp. 14-14

Self-Portrait, Downtown

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pp. 15-15

Baba Sits You on the Kitchen Table and Teaches You All the Old-School Curses

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pp. 16-17

Self-Portrait with Pollination

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pp. 18-18

Going North

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pp. 19-19

Genealogy

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pp. 20-21

Self-Portrait, Fat Tuesday

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pp. 22-22

Departure, the Path Back Puddled Over and Darkened

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pp. 23-23

Don’t Ask Why I Stopped Believing in Magic

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pp. 24-26

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II

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pp. 27-28

...a true opium for the people is a belief in nothingness after death? ...

Self-Portrait with Blight

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pp. 29-36

III

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pp. 37-38

Playing Dead Means Different Things to Different People

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pp. 39-39

Self-Portrait from the Other Side

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pp. 40-40

Flood

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pp. 41-41

Self-Portrait with Power Outage

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pp. 42-42

Self-Portrait with Big City Religion

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pp. 43-43

To Vanish, Cover Your Eyes and Count

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pp. 44-45

The Motherland

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pp. 46-48

Self-Portrait Wherein Everything Whirrs with the Spirit

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pp. 49-49

Self-Portrait, after Drive-By

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pp. 50-50

Bobby Hasn’t Eaten in Three Days

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pp. 51-51

Cartilage, Cartilage

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pp. 52-52

Elegy on Old-School Drum Machine

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pp. 53-53

Thaumaturgy

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pp. 54-54

Drop

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pp. 55-55

Maker

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pp. 56-57

Self-Portrait, Kneeling

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pp. 58-60

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 61-62

Many thanks to the following journals in which versions of these poems, Anti-: ?dictator, by Which i Mean the Mother Brandishing a Pistol Muzzle Magazine: ?Baba sits you on the kitchen table and teaches you all the old-school curses? and ?Bobby hasn?t eaten in Three Sou?wester: ?self-Portrait, downtown? and ?self-Portrait Wherein ...

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Notes

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pp. 63-64

...uses lines from eireann Lorsung?s ?The World and the ocean and the ?Dictator, by Which I Mean the Mother Brandishing a Pistol with a owes a debt to eduardo c. corral?s ?in colorado My Father scoured and is for rob Weekend, hieu Minh nguyen, snoop, and the crack spot.owes a debt to Brenda shaughnessy?s ?still Life, with gloxinia.?...

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Back Cover

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pp. 65-65

Winner of the 2012 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize ? Dorianne Laux, Judge?This book is a document of a particular world, real, wrenched from the poet?s life, as if written with a gun to his head or a spike through his heart. Reading it is like opening a damp newspaper wrapped around a big fish just caught, fins glistening, scales shining, one rhymed eye open and looking right at you, daring you to eat the whole thing.??Dorianne Laux, author of The Book of Men...


E-ISBN-13: 9781612777863
E-ISBN-10: 1612777864
Print-ISBN-13: 9781606351895

Page Count: 72
Publication Year: 2014

OCLC Number: 869286038
MUSE Marc Record: Download for The Dead Eat Everything

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