Publication Year: 2013
Published by: University of Pittsburgh Press
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Visitation at Gogama
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California Corridor /
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Dear days: wash over me in a breeze—be around me—I’m walking through ...
Sister as Moving Object
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...the dark waters today my sister’s particular beautyhow to mix water with bourbon in the picture-frame barhow to mix the real and the unreal and make it glistenseamount sweptback from the guyot to the springboardsluice railbed heart of copper field...
Three Faces and All These Fallen Gods
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...from a green vase in a bong-like cloud—just like my childhood—The third with the god in exile, just him and his blunted sword I’m reading James Allen Hall’s poetry so as not to appear lonely,would say something hotter than I could think of—they never did.Because really, I just want to be relieved of making it all up—...
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I’m looking for clothes to put my body in. At the family gathering, my sisters-in-lawwear sundresses & strappy sandals, which are lovely, & it’s sunny out, but the KennethCole men’s shirt I got on sale seems out of place, like the way I need to wear a lot ofmetal that can double as weapons if needed & ever since I cut off all my hair years agoto avoid being mistaken for a woman who wants a man in Dockers, I search websites for...
Youngest Known Savior
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...black lash, naturally curled] She feels like she’s fallingdeeper into alone She goes into the bedroom didn’t have to do anything to get those same eyelashesshe thinks Later she tells them [trying to approximate she uses her cousin’s eyelash curler] How could she...
Reading Wanda Coleman on the California Zephyr
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...three hundred miles away, but the ground starting to shape differently....
The Switching/Yard / /
In the Staging Area
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...the 3 desires: bodily pleasure, to exist, not to exist. They all but all this numerology can drive you crazy. 6 × 6 = 36, which ...
Stein: Letter to a Young Rilke
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My Dear Mr. Rilke: forgive me that I have been so long in writing to you. I am readingyour extended letters, as I sit for days with my back to the view of Paris. My dear Mr.Rilke, really what I want to say is for god’s sake, stop all this laborious earnestness,really, please, just be your own god but not in the top-hat, white-man way (I know it’s abuttonhole it, terror the industry. the twat of it is missing, godspeed handiwork, the dress needs...
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Close the rope latch. Frost inside the blind, the 2 × 3 inch windows500,000 sandhill cranes fill the river for spring staging—in packs, in lines of family, the return. Here to eat, replenish, move on.They’ve been in the river all night to avoid predators/now readyThe guard birds/frost on their wings/like they’ve stood there for...
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On Leaving the 5th Funeral in 15 Weeks
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I keep the rows of yellow/green lights in order: 5 down/4 across. This way I will keep my heart beating and the hearts of everyone I love. Now I’m loving so hard until love’s a wooden statue of love, Instead, I will chant: Love is only fear of death. Love is only fear of death. The system of manholes was checked last week, but there’s fire ...
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The author wishes to acknowledge the following journals in which some of these poems first appeared, sometimes in earlier versions: BigCityLit (“The Dealer in the Natural World,” “The Switching/Yard”); Catch Up (“Stein: Letter to a Young Rilke,” “Switching”); Chautauqua Literary Journal (“Revenant”); Columbia Poetry Review (“Driving While Wet,” “My Sister ...
Page Count: 80
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: Pitt Poetry Series
Series Editor Byline: Ed Ochester