We cannot verify your location
Browse Book and Journal Content on Project MUSE
OR
title

What Things Are Made Of

Charles Harper Webb

Publication Year: 2013

Charles Harper Webb is celebrated for his use of humor; yet even his funniest poems rise, as the best comedy must, out of deep human drives, sorrows, and needs. Powerful immersions in what it means to be human, these poems explore the spectrum of emotions from love to hate, tenderness to brutality. They can be withering and vulnerable in the same breath. Models of clarity and vividness, they are mysterious when they need to be, ranging from lyric to narrative, from realism to wild surreal flights, powered by a fierce, compassionate intelligence. Metaphors of startling aptness and originality, a voice at once endearing and provocative, high musicality, propulsive energy, wild imaginative leaps, as well as mastery of diction from lyricism to street-speak, create a reading experience of the first order. Uniformly fun to read, these poems go down easy, but pack a wallop. As Robert Frost said poetry should do, What Things Are Made Of "begins in delight and ends in wisdom."

Published by: University of Pittsburgh Press

Title Page, Copyright Page

pdf iconDownload PDF (114.0 KB)
pp. 1-6

Contents

pdf iconDownload PDF (96.5 KB)
pp. vii-viii

Part I

pdf iconDownload PDF (32.6 KB)
pp. 1-2

Nostalgia’s Not What It Used To Be

pdf iconDownload PDF (91.3 KB)
pp. 3-4

Where Are You Now, Sally Woodman,

pdf iconDownload PDF (90.0 KB)
pp. 5-6

Vitus & Me

pdf iconDownload PDF (90.1 KB)
pp. 7-8

Dark Penguin

pdf iconDownload PDF (91.1 KB)
pp. 9-10

Mummies To Burn

pdf iconDownload PDF (89.0 KB)
pp. 11-21

News of Him

pdf iconDownload PDF (91.4 KB)
pp. 12-13

Jackass: The Viewer

pdf iconDownload PDF (90.7 KB)
pp. 14-15

Everybody Tries So Hard

pdf iconDownload PDF (90.7 KB)
pp. 16-17

Trouble with The Law

pdf iconDownload PDF (89.2 KB)
pp. 18-28

Where Does Joy Come In?

pdf iconDownload PDF (88.1 KB)
pp. 19-20

Never Too Late

pdf iconDownload PDF (88.7 KB)
pp. 21-31

The Deed

pdf iconDownload PDF (68.0 KB)
pp. 22-32

Worry Won’t Help

pdf iconDownload PDF (109.3 KB)
pp. 23-24

Without a Paddle

pdf iconDownload PDF (89.9 KB)
pp. 25-26

Karen, Lost

pdf iconDownload PDF (69.5 KB)
pp. 27-28

At Lamaze

pdf iconDownload PDF (69.2 KB)
pp. 29-30

Part II

pdf iconDownload PDF (32.7 KB)
pp. 31-32

Morning Dance

pdf iconDownload PDF (88.8 KB)
pp. 33-43

The Sound That Wakes Me at Night, Thinking of It

pdf iconDownload PDF (90.1 KB)
pp. 34-35

Sand Fish

pdf iconDownload PDF (88.8 KB)
pp. 36-46

Duck Tape

pdf iconDownload PDF (68.1 KB)
pp. 37-47

I Might as Well Have Begged a Cyclone Not to Spin

pdf iconDownload PDF (88.2 KB)
pp. 38-48

What Kitty Knows

pdf iconDownload PDF (90.9 KB)
pp. 39-40

The Last Bobcat

pdf iconDownload PDF (88.6 KB)
pp. 41-51

Don’ Like

pdf iconDownload PDF (90.1 KB)
pp. 42-43

Summer of Love

pdf iconDownload PDF (67.4 KB)
pp. 44-54

Nerves of Titanium

pdf iconDownload PDF (91.4 KB)
pp. 45-47

Liar’s Ball

pdf iconDownload PDF (67.6 KB)
pp. 48-58

Nuh-Nuh-Nuh-Nuh-Nuh-Nuh-Nuh-Nuh-Nuh, Dah Dah Dah! Doesn’t Look Like Much in Print

pdf iconDownload PDF (91.9 KB)
pp. 49-50

Sad for the Hunchback

pdf iconDownload PDF (90.2 KB)
pp. 51-52

One Week Until Opening Day

pdf iconDownload PDF (69.5 KB)
pp. 53-54

“Man Stuck in Spiderweb,”

pdf iconDownload PDF (88.9 KB)
pp. 55-56

Part III

pdf iconDownload PDF (32.7 KB)
pp. 57-58

Manpanzee,

pdf iconDownload PDF (89.1 KB)
pp. 59-69

It Had to Do with Candy Sanders:

pdf iconDownload PDF (89.8 KB)
pp. 60-61

We Could’ve Been Commandos,

pdf iconDownload PDF (92.0 KB)
pp. 62-63

Lingerie Show

pdf iconDownload PDF (89.8 KB)
pp. 64-74

The Best Moment of My Life

pdf iconDownload PDF (67.5 KB)
pp. 65-75

Word of Mouth

pdf iconDownload PDF (88.8 KB)
pp. 66-76

Marco Polo

pdf iconDownload PDF (89.9 KB)
pp. 67-68

Bimbo Limbo

pdf iconDownload PDF (90.0 KB)
pp. 69-70

Catfish

pdf iconDownload PDF (90.1 KB)
pp. 71-72

Day Before Memorial Day

pdf iconDownload PDF (91.1 KB)
pp. 73-74

Brain Silos

pdf iconDownload PDF (90.0 KB)
pp. 75-76

On Castle Creek

pdf iconDownload PDF (91.4 KB)
pp. 77-78

Handling a Trophy Trout

pdf iconDownload PDF (68.7 KB)
pp. 79-80

Dismantled for Goodwill, Our Son’s Crib

pdf iconDownload PDF (89.1 KB)
pp. 81-91

Corn

pdf iconDownload PDF (90.8 KB)
pp. 82-83

Places I Spent One Night

pdf iconDownload PDF (89.1 KB)
pp. 84-94

Bed & Breakfast

pdf iconDownload PDF (90.0 KB)
pp. 85-86

What Things Are Made Of

pdf iconDownload PDF (91.2 KB)
pp. 87-88

read more

Acknowledgments

pdf iconDownload PDF (80.7 KB)
pp. 89-90

The author would like to thank the editors of the following publications for first publishing these poems, sometimes with other titles and in other versions: ...


E-ISBN-13: 9780822978633
E-ISBN-10: 0822978636
Print-ISBN-13: 9780822962298
Print-ISBN-10: 0822962292

Page Count: 104
Publication Year: 2013

Series Title: Pitt Poetry Series
Series Editor Byline: Ed Ochester