In Defense of Nothing
Selected Poems, 1987–2011
Publication Year: 2014
Published by: Wesleyan University Press
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From: Periplum, and Other Poems
Thirty Sentences for No One
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It begins with socks in a drawer and continues to laundry bags to the future. In the Food Mart everything is above the child’s head. Always looking up. Always lifting our eyes to heaven. The horizon is your mother’s repose on the divan after daily chores. Outside
Despite Your Notices
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This is my poem. The one I was afraid to show you. A poem to provide against the voices that will ultimately ensure my failure in this endeavor. This poem is a pillow, small and embroidered, the satin death pillow used to prop up the face for one last viewing...
From: Artificial Heart
From: Some Values of Landscape and Weather
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From: The Outernationale
From: Threshold Songs
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The season folds into itself, cuts a notch in me. I become thinner. My heart splinters and a wooden sound invades the song, interrupts my ire. Today the planet is mostly dirt, mostly water—forget about my lyre. And if you look close everywhere coming to...
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My gratitude to the individuals who were responsible for editing the following publications in which my poems appeared: Periplum (Penngrove: Avec Books, 1992); Hours of the Book (Tenerife: Zasterle, 1994);Ledger Domain (Timolian: Providence, 1995); New Picnic Time (Buffalo: Meow Editions, 1995);Artificial Heart (Providence: Burning Deck,...
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Peter Gizzi is the author of Threshold Songs, The Outernationale, Some Values of Landscape and Weather, Artificial Heart, and Periplum. He has also published several limited-edition chapbooks, folios, and artist books. His honors include the Lavan Younger Poet Award from the Academy of American...
Page Count: 244
Publication Year: 2014
Series Title: Wesleyan Poetry Series