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The Golem of Los Angeles

Tony Barnstone

Publication Year: 2008

The Golem of Los Angeles is the 2006 Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award winning poetry collection by Tony Barnstone.

Published by: Red Hen Press

Title Page, Copyright, Acknowledgments, Dedication

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Part 1. The Book of Elvis

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The 167th Psalm of Elvis

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pp. 15-16

Parable of Microphobia

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pp. 17-

The Virgin Sutra

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pp. 18-19

Parable of Aladdin in Oakland

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pp. 20-21

The Gospel of Teen Jesus

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pp. 22-23

The Stone House Apocalypse

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pp. 24-25

Psalm of Climbing with Ghosts

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pp. 26-27

The Black Flower Sutra

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pp. 28-

The Gospel of Kimmy at the Little Temple Bar

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pp. 29-

Parable of the Birds

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pp. 30-

Part 2. Parables of the Book

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Parable of the Burning House

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pp. 33-34

Parable of the Nude Model

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pp. 35-

Parable of the Jew without a Name

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pp. 36-37

Parable of the Cracked Man

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pp. 38-39

Parable on the Phenomenology of Childhood in Indiana

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pp. 40-41

Parable of the Ancient Greek Urn

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pp. 42-

Parable of Breughel’s “Tower of Babel”

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pp. 43-

Parable of the Found Objects (Pablo Picasso, 1945)

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pp. 44-

Parable of the Translator

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pp. 45-

Parable in Praise of Violence

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pp. 46-47

Parable of the Desultory Slut

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pp. 48-49

Parable of the Ghost

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pp. 50-51

Parable of the Footnote

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pp. 52-53

Parable of the Hunter

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pp. 54-55

Parable of the Unwritten

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pp. 56-58

Part 3. The California Book of the Dead

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Gospel of the Golem of Los Angeles

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pp. 61-

Parable of Houdini’s Last Show

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pp. 62-63

The Californian Book of the Dead

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pp. 64-65

Parable of the South Pole Buddha

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pp. 66-67

Parable of the Arrow

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pp. 68-

Terminal Testament

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pp. 69-

Spell for Balancing Stones

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pp. 70-71

Parable of the Mummified Cat

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pp. 72-73

The Suckee, Fuckee, Blowjob Sutra

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pp. 74-75

Spell Against Disease

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pp. 76-

Part 4. The Nihilist Sermons

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The Dead God Codex

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pp. 79-

The Sermon on Los Angeles

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pp. 80-81

The Sermon on Being a Man

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pp. 82-83

The Sermon on Drugs

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pp. 84-86

The Sermon on the Poets

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pp. 87-

The Sermon on God

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pp. 88-89

Psalms of an American Childhood

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pp. 90-91

Two Kenyan Parables

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pp. 92-93

The Dating Sutra

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pp. 94-99

Sutra of Despair

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pp. 100-105

Five Philosophical Discourses

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pp. 106-108

Part 5. Turtle Head Gospels

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Gospel of Henry David Thoreau at the Circle K Convenience Store

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pp. 111-

Parable of the Gifts

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pp. 112-113

Parable of Riding a Motorcycle Off a Cliff

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pp. 114-115

Psalm of Speed

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pp. 116-117

Discourse on the Tao of Shoe Shopping

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pp. 118-

Parable of Greece, Grasshopper, Time

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pp. 119-

Testament of the Oldest White Belt at the Tae Kwon Do Tournament

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pp. 120-

Gospel of the Famous Heart

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pp. 121-

The Miniature Vedas

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pp. 122-126

Parable of the Incredible Shrinking Man

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pp. 127-

American Ramayana

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pp. 128-130

Turtle Head Psalm

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pp. 131-133

Psalm of Snow

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pp. 134-

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About the Author

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Tony Barnstone is Professor of English at Whittier College and has a Masters in English and Creative Writing and Ph.D. in English Literature from UC Berkeley. His other books of poems include Sad Jazz: Sonnets (Sheep Meadow Press, 2005) and Impure: Poems by Tony Barnstone (University Press of Florida, 1998) in addition to the chapbook Naked Magic (Main Street Rag). He is also a distinguished ...


E-ISBN-13: 9781597094092
Print-ISBN-13: 9781597090988
Print-ISBN-10: 1597090980

Page Count: 136
Publication Year: 2008

Edition: First

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