Front Cover

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Title page, Copyright, Dedication

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Table of Contents

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Acknowledgements

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pp. x-x

Acknowledgments are like funerals, notable for who isn’t there, but those who must be mentioned are George B. Donus, David L. O’Melia, Rolfe Humphries, Alan Dugan, Stevie Smith, Wanda Ratliff, Raymond N. Nelson, Neild B. Oldham, David C. Wayland, David Gettman, Gail Godwin, Patricia L. Divine, Rosemary V. Klein, Martina Reisz Newberry, Amari...

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Foreword

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pp. xii-xiii

What a joy to find that the “emerging” first book poet I had chosen for the Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize is a journalist, a man 73 years old who had published poems “in his youth.” How honored I am—how lucky—to have been able to choose this superb first book by Djelloul Marbrook that honors a lifetime of hidden achievement. It has also...

Part 1

Climate Control

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pp. 3-3

Bitchy Nurse

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pp. 4-4

Djelloul

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pp. 5-5

Far from Algiers

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pp. 6-7

Troubled Boy

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pp. 8-8

Autobiography

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pp. 9-9

The Flutes of the Djinn

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pp. 10-10

Sinistral

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pp. 11-11

The Memory of Sand

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pp. 12-12

Submarine

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pp. 13-14

Strongbox

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pp. 15-15

What Good Did My Own Good Do Me ?

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pp. 16-16

Port of Entry

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pp. 17-17

The Angel Departs

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pp. 18-18

Under the Grates

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pp. 19-20

Part 2

Familiarity

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pp. 23-23

The Great Game

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pp. 24-24

Ghosts

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pp. 25-25

My Ship Comes In

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pp. 26-26

Old Charts , Warm Rain

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pp. 27-27

Van Gogh’ s Drawings

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pp. 28-29

The Men’ s Room

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pp. 30-30

Respite

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pp. 31-31

Curtains

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pp. 32-32

Catalysis

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pp. 33-33

Parole Violator

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pp. 34-34

Ambition

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pp. 35-35

Danger

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pp. 36-36

The Price of Crude

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pp. 37-37

The Price of Admission

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pp. 38-38

Oneness

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pp. 39-39

Profanity

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pp. 40-40

Second Moses

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pp. 41-41

The Flavor of Lies

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pp. 42-42

Part 3

A Fitting Place

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pp. 45-45

Commonest Word

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pp. 46-46

The Air About Him Is Too Thin

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pp. 47-47

Hurricane Spaghetti

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pp. 48-48

No Good-bye

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pp. 49-49

And So My Pharaonic Head

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pp. 50-50

Exile

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pp. 51-51

Dread Commerce

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pp. 52-52

A Sixty-Bag Departure

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pp. 53-53

Escape Route

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pp. 54-54

What a Place

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pp. 55-55

Hasan ibn al-Sabah

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pp. 56-59

About the Author, Back Cover

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pp. 60-61