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Fat Jersey Blues

by John Repp

Publication Year: 2014

I know I'm holding a good book in my hand when I use the other to call my friends and read poems to them. How generous John Repp is! He zooms in on the moment, but he's always glancing at everything that surrounds it. His funny poems have dark hearts, just as the sad ones are clearly written by someone capable of belly-shaking laughter. They tell wonderful stories, yet they contain chewy little nuggets that are often indifferent and even hostile to story. I've said elsewhere that a poem either writes you a check or sends you a bill, and Fat Jersey Blues writes me checks faster than I can cash them. Oh, and these poems make me do something else that the good ones always do: when I hung up after reading "Bob Johnson" or "The Maltese Falcon" or "Balcony" to a friend, I sat down to write myself. -David Kirby, author of The Biscuit Joint

Published by: The University of Akron Press

Title Page, Other Works in the Series, Copyright, Dedication

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Trucking Flowers to the Dump on a Day Like No Other

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p. 1-1

Reading The Idiot in Carleton House Apartments, Millville, New Jersey

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p. 2-2

Throwing a Ball South of the Pine Barrens

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p. 3-3

Fact-Checking

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p. 4-4

Waiting for the Bus in the Reading Room of the Carnegie Library, Pittsburgh, Haggard in a Leather Armchair

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p. 5-5

Why I Am Not a Performance Poet

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pp. 6-7

Ode to Didi’s Squash Stew & the Waitresses at Fred’s Place

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p. 8-8

My Wife’s Ass (or “You Annoy Me, Matthew Dickman!”)

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p. 9-9

Another Bourbon Poem

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p. 10-10

The Channel Deeper than Anyone Has Ever Known It, Except for the Implacable Scavenger

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pp. 11-12

Blueberry (or “Another Summer-of-1975 Poem”)

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pp. 13-17

Fat Freddy’s Burnt Mill Blues

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p. 18-18

Krishnamurti

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p. 19-19

Having Come Late to Kenneth Koch

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p. 20-20

Another Harvey-Pekar-Is-Dead Poem

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p. 21-21

The Boy & the Bisbings

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p. 22-22

Crystal Meth Under Her Choir Robe

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p. 23-23

Nothing Happened

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pp. 24-25

Sand Road Stomp (Slight Return)

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p. 26-26

Bob Johnson

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p. 27-27

What Happens to the Circus

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pp. 28-29

Beatrice

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pp. 30-31

Monotony (or “Another Chekhov Poem”)

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pp. 32-33

The Maltese Falcon

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pp. 34-35

Mayakovsky

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pp. 36-37

The Totossian Poem

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pp. 38-39

Jumbo Pagano Might Have Work For You

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p. 40-40

The Bridge Over Blackwater Creek

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pp. 41-42

Final Food

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p. 43-43

The Ocean City Poem

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pp. 44-45

Another Life-Goes-On Poem

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pp. 46-48

Another Spanish Moss Poem

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pp. 49-50

Everywhere At Once

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pp. 51-53

No Away

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pp. 54-56

Balcony

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pp. 57-58

The Mistake

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p. 59-59

Another Mistake

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pp. 60-61

Down Teaburner Road

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p. 62-62

Bats & Balls

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p. 63-63

Another “Taps” Poem

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pp. 64-65

Schoolhouse Door

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pp. 66-67

Honorary Jew

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p. 68-68

Poem Beginning With a Line from Ezra Pound’s “Canto XX” & Ending With a Line from “Notes for Canto CXX”

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p. 69-69

Canoeing the Lagoon

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p. 70-70

Hansey Creek Eel Blues

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p. 71-71

Another Forgiveness Poem

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p. 72-72

Notes

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p. 73-73

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 74-75

Thanks to the editors of publications in which the following poems first appeared, sometimes in earlier versions:
Amethyst Arsenic: “Another ‘Taps’ Poem”
Blue Lake Review: “Another Harvey-Pekar-Is-Dead Poem”
The Cincinnati Review: “Jumbo Pagano Might Have Work for You”
Crazyhorse: “Poem Beginning With a Line from Ezra...

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About the Author

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p. 76-76

John Repp is a widely published poet, fiction writer, essayist, and book critic. Since 1978, he has taught writing and literature at various colleges, universities, schools, and social service agencies. A native of southern New Jersey, he has lived for many years in...


E-ISBN-13: 9781937378950
E-ISBN-10: 1937378950
Print-ISBN-13: 9781937378936
Print-ISBN-10: 1937378934

Page Count: 74
Publication Year: 2014

Series Title: Akron Series in Poetry

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