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The Horses

New & Selected Poems

Richard Silberg

Publication Year: 2012

This new and selected brings together a dramatic sweep of poetry from one of the San Francisco Bay Area's best-loved poet-critics. Four of Richard Silberg's books are included here, beginning with his first, Translucent Gears, published in 1982, through Doubleness, published in 2000. A previously unpublished long narrative-meditation interweaves a coming-of-age memoir, the Lurianic Cabala, and pure lyrical sections, topped off with a sharp, striking suite of new poems. This is a book that masterfully balances several poetic strains rarely found together in a single body of work. The writing is accessible, presented in the form of narratives, descriptions, and dramatic monologues, but Silberg is also an adept of the image, of the poetic figure that leaps to epiphany. In yet another direction, a number of these poems move towards a kind of pure saying. Silberg's puns and language play on themselves at the threshold to philosophy. His sensibility is born out of the counterculture--warm, sexual, mystic, by turns funny, tough, and elegiac. He's a maverick, a singer, and an entertainer who believes in William Carlos Williams' maxim, "If it ain't a pleasure, it ain't a poem."

Published by: Red Hen Press

Title Page, Copyright, Acknowledgments

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Contents

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pp. 7-12

Part 1. From Translucent Gears {1982}

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pp. 13-14

A Song for the Piano Player

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pp. 15-20

The Audition

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pp. 21-22

Tall Blossom

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pp. 23-24

Desert

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pp. 25-26

Belmont ’78

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pp. 27-34

Part 2. From The Fields (1989)

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pp. 35-36

The Center

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p. 37-37

The Word

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p. 38-38

Each’s Own

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p. 39-39

Postmodern

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p. 40-40

Wild Cats and Weeds

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p. 41-41

The Larger Time

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p. 42-42

I, too, Dislike it . . .

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p. 43-43

Genesis of an Atheist

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p. 44-44

Pearldiver’s Palimpsest

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p. 45-45

The Hopeful Horse

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p. 46-46

First Things

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p. 47-47

Poetry and Real Estate at Cody’s Cafe

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pp. 48-49

The Fields

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pp. 50-51

Massing

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pp. 52-53

Turnover

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pp. 54-55

Outside Eli’s

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p. 56-56

Part 3. Dealing the Faces (1989, unpublished)

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pp. 57-58

Dealing the Faces

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pp. 59-84

Part 4. From Totem Pole (1996)

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pp. 85-86

For Poetry

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pp. 87-88

Nemo

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p. 89-89

Water

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pp. 90-91

Owl

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pp. 92-99

Music

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pp. 100-101

Poetizing at the Med

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p. 102-102

George Hackett Simpson and the Three Sad Cigarettes

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pp. 103-104

From the Inside Out

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pp. 105-106

The Golden Gate

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pp. 107-108

Personified

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p. 109-109

Zealots

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pp. 110-111

The Old Neighborhood

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pp. 112-113

Dream Body

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p. 114-114

Five Questions for the Postmodern Poet

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p. 115-115

So to Speak

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pp. 116-117

Totem Pole

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p. 118-118

Mandala

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p. 119-119

Drift

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p. 120-120

Steering the Train

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pp. 121-122

1650 Broadway

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pp. 123-130

Part 5. From Doubleness (2000)

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pp. 131-132

Phenomenology

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p. 133-133

The Crows

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p. 134-134

Once Again

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p. 135-135

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern

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p. 136-136

The Audience

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p. 137-137

Dream of the Hand

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pp. 138-140

Doubleness

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pp. 141-142

Subway

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p. 143-143

Martin and Osa Johnson’s Africa

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pp. 144-145

Different

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p. 146-146

The Gorilla Woman

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pp. 147-148

Heaven

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pp. 149-150

Near Santa Fe

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pp. 151-155

The Page

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pp. 156-157

Perfect Stealth

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p. 158-158

Door

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pp. 159-161

The Horses

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pp. 162-177

Stepping Over the Roofpole

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p. 178-178

Inklings

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p. 179-179

Scrying Soul

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pp. 180-181

The Test

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p. 182-182

Dragonscape

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p. 183-183

Coming Back

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pp. 184-189

Crying

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p. 190-190

Flying

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pp. 191-192

Part 6. New Poems

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pp. 193-194

Lenox Hill Hospital

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p. 195-195

Tantrum

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p. 196-196

1954

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p. 197-197

Dog’s Eye

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pp. 198-199

Moving

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pp. 200-202

Paradigm

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pp. 203-205

Eternity

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p. 206-206

Hub

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p. 207-207

Godfighter

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pp. 208-211

Helene

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p. 212-212

Întortocheat

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p. 213-213

Dementia

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p. 214-214

What I Said

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pp. 215-216

Childhood

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pp. 217-218

Pillow

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p. 219-219

Elf Power

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pp. 220-221

The Breast

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p. 222-222

Gum Wrappers

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pp. 223-225

Tony

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pp. 226-228

Acid

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p. 229-229

Acid

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p. 230-230

Working in Films

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p. 231-231

Love Star

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p. 232-232

The Ache

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p. 233-233

Sphinx

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p. 234-234

Wizard

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pp. 235-237

Gleam

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p. 238-238

Meat

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pp. 239-240

Camp Everett: Field Trip to a Dairy

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p. 241-241

Fire

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pp. 242-243

Storing the Day

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pp. 244-246

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About the Author

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Richard Silberg is a poet, critic, translator, and associate editor of Poetry Flash. His poetry book Deconstruction of the Blues received the PEN Oakland-Josephine Miles Literary Award 2006 and was nominated for a Northern California Book Award. ...


E-ISBN-13: 9781597093125
Print-ISBN-13: 9781597092319
Print-ISBN-10: 1597092312

Page Count: 248
Publication Year: 2012

Edition: First

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