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We Are Starved

By Joshua Kryah

Publication Year: 2011

““Kryah’s lines are full of figurative grace: The images stun and accumulate. We Are Starved introduces an important poetic vision, a surprising and exciting voice.” —Laura Kasischke, author of Space, in Chains and The Raising

“In haunted days more filled with violence than grace, Joshua Kryah has found the sacred, a way to be amazed at how ‘you can move among the world’s misfortune/and still consider it good.’ We Are Starved’s breathtakingly mature poems are fueled by a man’s internal combustion, the tremendous labor it is to live well—to be a father, a lover, a son—in a fallible world. There’s a gorgeous, seeking darkness swelling the heart of We Are Starved, one that marks Kryah as among contemporary poetry’s finest young voices.” —Alex Lemon, author of Happy: A Memoir and Fancy Beasts

“Joshua Kryah is redefining what it means to write spiritual poetry. This is not another book about longings for the spiritual; this is a book of offerings to the spiritual. These poems answer the plea of Yeats’s spirits (‘We are starved’) and give them what they crave, depicting the particulars of human appetite and the way each ‘peculiar and appalling hunger’ unfolds. The scope of these poems is dizzying; they echo and glitter and sear as they, against all odds, give us a ‘world [that] is/suddener than any idea about the world.’ We Are Starved is unabashed and unflinching, and it is deeply, exquisitely satisfying.” —Mary Szybist, author of Granted

Published by: Center for Literary Publishing

The Poor Know They Are Poor

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We Are Starved

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It Survives, a Way of Harming, Your Mouth

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Sallied Forth

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The Least Child

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We Will Be Fed Upon, We Will Be Fed

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Languor, Succor, Ardor

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The Body-Hole

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Ghostmeat

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Therefore That He May Raise, the Lord Throws Down

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The Body in Its Final Commerce

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Playlist of the Same

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Love Like unto Whited Sepulchres

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Chanticleer

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Noli Me Tangere

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This Plenty, This Never Enough

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Cheapside

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A Paradise

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Miracle of the Drowned

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Corpus Christi Carol

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Many Are the Ruined Cathedrals of the Heart

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That Man to Man Is an Arrant Wolfe

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From the Gospel of the Foundering

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Thinking One Place Could Not Two Bodies Bear

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The Day Without Before This Without

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Darkling

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An Attraction to Distance and Disappearance

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Poor Dogsbody, Poor Dogsbody’s Body

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I Had Not Brought You into the World for Love for Naught

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Things Fast Toward Their Absent Forms

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Homecoming

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Centaur

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Nobody Is Ever Missing

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And Naught I Have and All the World I Seize Upon

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We Are Starved

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Extinct Animals Looking for a Home

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Notes

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Acknowledgments

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E-ISBN-13: 9781885635228
E-ISBN-10: 1885635222
Print-ISBN-13: 9781885635174
Print-ISBN-10: 1885635176

Page Count: 82
Publication Year: 2011

Series Title: Mountain West Poetry Series
Series Editor Byline: Stephanie G'Schwing and Donal Revell, Series Editors

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