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Halflife: Poems Paperback – October 17, 2008
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Concise, sophisticated poems....Immediate magic. -- Chicago Tribune
Impressive. A box full of surprises and intense delights. -- Billy Collins
The whole collection is brought off with real skill and fluency...moments of genuine literary daring. -- New York Sun
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When you left, a world Came.
Rain, A morning, a weather That wouldn't end.
The windows closed like stitches.
Fingernails grew; nothing to pick at.
The tent of our mother's body went Wet around me and clung.Read more ›
Insomniac, I am at the heart of a vital, dirty city, where eccentric travel circuitous routes before the abrupt busyness of morning:
"and children peel up into the supplejack twilight
like licorice from sticky floors-
there a black-eyed straight-backed drag queen
preens, fusses, fixes her hair in a shop window on Prince.
In the window the moon is a dented spoon,
cold, getting colder, so hurry sleep,
come creep into bed..."
Out there, in the night, the city is restless, more flagrant in its excesses, brief snapshots of the distractions that await on every corner, the dark a shield against indiscretion:
"Token in the slot...
A figure in the darkness.
The tine crank
Of canned do-wop.
come quick, no time for this,
the girls in thongs
are glancing at the clock."
Skimming from one provocative adventure to another, I stop, halted by a narrative with horror at its heart, a betrayal of innocence. I read, but reluctant, my mind skittering away; calm, relentless, she continues, seducing me with images as I stare, speechless:
"-a story that could not be forgotten or owned,
like looking in a mirror and discovering someone else's face.
What happened to her
Did not happen to you. You were a child
you were safe, not harmed. But
there are fields inside us. They grow.
....Read more ›