Cover

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Title Page, Other Works in the Series, Copyright, Dedication

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Contents

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Trucking Flowers to the Dump on a Day Like No Other

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pp. 1-1

Reading The Idiot in Carleton House Apartments, Millville, New Jersey

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pp. 2-2

Throwing a Ball South of the Pine Barrens

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pp. 3-3

Fact-Checking

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pp. 4-4

Waiting for the Bus in the Reading Room of the Carnegie Library, Pittsburgh, Haggard in a Leather Armchair

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pp. 5-5

Why I Am Not a Performance Poet

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pp. 6-7

Ode to Didi’s Squash Stew & the Waitresses at Fred’s Place

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pp. 8-8

My Wife’s Ass (or “You Annoy Me, Matthew Dickman!”)

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pp. 9-9

Another Bourbon Poem

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pp. 10-10

The Channel Deeper than Anyone Has Ever Known It, Except for the Implacable Scavenger

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pp. 11-12

Blueberry (or “Another Summer-of-1975 Poem”)

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pp. 13-17

Fat Freddy’s Burnt Mill Blues

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pp. 18-18

Krishnamurti

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pp. 19-19

Having Come Late to Kenneth Koch

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pp. 20-20

Another Harvey-Pekar-Is-Dead Poem

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pp. 21-21

The Boy & the Bisbings

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pp. 22-22

Crystal Meth Under Her Choir Robe

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pp. 23-23

Nothing Happened

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pp. 24-25

Sand Road Stomp (Slight Return)

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pp. 26-26

Bob Johnson

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pp. 27-27

What Happens to the Circus

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pp. 28-29

Beatrice

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pp. 30-31

Monotony (or “Another Chekhov Poem”)

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pp. 32-33

The Maltese Falcon

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pp. 34-35

Mayakovsky

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pp. 36-37

The Totossian Poem

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pp. 38-39

Jumbo Pagano Might Have Work For You

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pp. 40-40

The Bridge Over Blackwater Creek

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pp. 41-42

Final Food

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pp. 43-43

The Ocean City Poem

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pp. 44-45

Another Life-Goes-On Poem

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pp. 46-48

Another Spanish Moss Poem

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pp. 49-50

Everywhere At Once

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pp. 51-53

No Away

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pp. 54-56

Balcony

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pp. 57-58

The Mistake

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pp. 59-59

Another Mistake

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pp. 60-61

Down Teaburner Road

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pp. 62-62

Bats & Balls

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pp. 63-63

Another “Taps” Poem

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pp. 64-65

Schoolhouse Door

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pp. 66-67

Honorary Jew

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pp. 68-68

Poem Beginning With a Line from Ezra Pound’s “Canto XX” & Ending With a Line from “Notes for Canto CXX”

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pp. 69-69

Canoeing the Lagoon

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pp. 70-70

Hansey Creek Eel Blues

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pp. 71-71

Another Forgiveness Poem

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pp. 72-72

Notes

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pp. 73-73

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 74-75

Thanks to the editors of publications in which the following poems first appeared, sometimes in earlier versions:
Amethyst Arsenic: “Another ‘Taps’ Poem”
Blue Lake Review: “Another Harvey-Pekar-Is-Dead Poem”
The Cincinnati Review: “Jumbo Pagano Might Have Work for You”
Crazyhorse: “Poem Beginning With a Line from Ezra...

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About the Author

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pp. 76-76

John Repp is a widely published poet, fiction writer, essayist, and book critic. Since 1978, he has taught writing and literature at various colleges, universities, schools, and social service agencies. A native of southern New Jersey, he has lived for many years in...