9781932511291

Legitimate Dangers : American Poets of the New Century

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    9781932511291

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    1932511296

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1/31/2006
  • Publisher: Sarabande Books

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Summary

This groundbreaking anthology offers a broad and representative introduction to some of the most exciting, fresh voices on the contemporary poetry landscape by gathering together generous selections from the work of 85 younger American poets. The poets selected were born after 1960, published their first book within the last 10 years, and have no more than three books published. Some are the recipients of numerousawards, while others, who are making their first appearance, are quickly making significant contributions to twenty-first-century poetry. The poets include Rick Barot, Joshua Beckman, David Berman, Nick Flynn, Matthea Harvey, Terrance Hayes, Major Jackson, James Kimbrell, D.A. Powell, Spencer Reece, Matthew Rohrer, Rebecca Wolff, Kevin Young, Matthew Zapruder, Andrew Zawacki, and many others.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xxi
Introductionp. xxxi
Many Are Calledp. 3
Eight Elegiesp. 4
Reading Platop. 8
Prologuep. 9
Unwornp. 10
Psalm (Traherne)p. 11
Afterwordp. 12
[Final poem for the gently sifting public begins on the streets...]p. 14
[I like your handsome drugs. Your pleasant...]p. 16
[The thirst of the crowd. We laid the surfer down...]p. 16
[The canals. The liquor coming through...]p. 17
Ode to the Air Traffic Controllerp. 17
Poem to Line My Casket With, Ramonap. 19
Zombie Sunday (Had We But World Enough and Time)p. 20
Meditation on The Consolation of Philosophyp. 21
Sleeping with Artemisp. 23
Democratic Vistasp. 25
April 13, 1865p. 26
Community College in the Rainp. 27
From His Bed in the Capital Cityp. 27
I Love How Your Eyes Close Every Time You Kiss Mep. 29
Like a Facep. 30
Anne Boleynp. 31
Pavese Said Death Will Come Bearing Your Eyesp. 32
Just Yesterdayp. 34
All but Lostp. 35
Groupiep. 36
Sluttyp. 37
The Northern Sunp. 38
Apparitionp. 40
Chrysalisp. 41
Elegant Endingsp. 45
We're Not Going to Maltap. 46
Perfect City Codep. 46
How It Begins How It Endsp. 48
Aestheticsp. 49
Divorcep. 49
Hamartia Symbolized by the Strayp. 49
"Kelly, Ringling Bros. Oldest Elephant, Goes On Rampage"p. 50
The Spotsp. 51
The Only Yak in Batesville, Virginiap. 53
The Girlsp. 54
The Termp. 54
Room 40p. 55
Transporterp. 57
Thrillsvillep. 59
The Power Plantp. 60
In Squire Park with M., Esquirep. 60
Phantoms of Utopiap. 61
Slowly, Slowly, Horsesp. 62
Ocean Statep. 64
Persephone (Unplugged)p. 65
Paysage Moralisep. 66
Morningside Parkp. 67
My Ravinep. 68
Vermontp. 69
Song for a Playp. 70
Stealing from Your Motherp. 71
The Elephantp. 72
Long Goodbyep. 74
Shelburne Fallsp. 75
Arborp. 78
Sweet Reader, Flanneled and Tulledp. 80
Thirty Years Risingp. 82
All the Natural Movements of the Soulp. 83
The Unbosomingp. 85
If You Are Askedp. 85
How to Look at Mexican Highwaysp. 88
Driven by a Strange Desirep. 89
Golfers in the Familyp. 90
Twenty-Seven Props for a Production of Eine Lebenszeitp. 93
Three Panels Depending on the Heartp. 95
The New Intelligencep. 97
Birdsong from Inside the Eggp. 98
The War Is Overp. 100
Our Manp. 101
Forensicsp. 102
Sticksp. 104
Atomic Bridep. 105
Slow Fade to Blackp. 108
Zapruderp. 109
On Firep. 110
The Boxersp. 112
Intermissionp. 113
Myths of the Disappearancep. 115
Geburt des Monicakindsp. 116
Stories from the Towerp. 116
Childhood's Housep. 119
Miraculous Imagep. 120
Scold's Maskp. 120
Subwayp. 121
Housefirep. 123
Swarmp. 125
Hivep. 126
Emptying Townp. 127
Cartoon Physics, part 1p. 127
Cartoon Physics, part 2p. 128
Fleshp. 130
Nocturnep. 131
The Hands of the Body Without the Body, and Nothing to Holdp. 132
Colosseump. 133
Afterward, There Will Be a Hallwayp. 136
Berlin Seriesp. 137
Nostalgia, Cheryl, Is the Best Heroinp. 138
Saintsp. 139
Analogiesp. 140
The Last Living Castratop. 142
Not Bodyp. 143
The Wolfp. 144
Kiss of Judasp. 144
Abandoned Conversation with the Sensesp. 146
Our Square of Lawnp. 146
Ideas Go Only So Farp. 147
Definition of Weatherp. 148
Pity the Bathtub Its Forced Embrace of the Human Formp. 149
Wind in a Boxp. 151
The Blue Terrancep. 152
The Elegant Tonguep. 153
A Postcard from Okemahp. 154
Talkp. 156
As Western Culture Declined Without Its Knowingp. 158
Where Spring Isp. 160
My Wrist Split Openp. 161
Correctionsp. 163
My Pietap. 163
Zombiep. 164
The Pyramidp. 166
Skinp. 167
Roomsp. 167
Submarinep. 168
Explanationp. 170
Sampler Cityp. 171
Hume's Suicide of the External Worldp. 172
Comprehension Questionsp. 175
Bluntsp. 177
Euphoriap. 178
Pestp. 179
Don Pullen at the Zanzibar Blue Jazz Cafep. 180
Poem Beginning with a Line by Frank Limap. 182
The New Lifep. 183
Song of the Chinchillap. 184
The United States of Americap. 185
The Girl Who Couldn't Be Lovedp. 185
Beggar's Songp. 187
Kind of Bluep. 188
Public Radio Plays Eddie Harrisp. 190
Author's Prayerp. 192
Dancing in Odessap. 193
Maestrop. 194
Orphean Songp. 195
Mechanicsp. 196
The Galleryp. 200
Subtraction Songp. 201
Occupationp. 204
Monologue for an Onionp. 205
On Sparrowsp. 206
Empty Housep. 210
Letters to a Vanishing Fianceep. 210
Salvationp. 212
My Psychicp. 213
And Having Lost Trackp. 216
Porch in Snowp. 217
Mariana Trenchp. 218
Orpheus. Eurydice. Hermesp. 218
Bad Aliensp. 222
An Ordinary Eveningp. 224
Gypsy Summerp. 226
Civilization Dayp. 227
I Am Like a Desert Owl, an Owl Among the Ruinsp. 229
Sympathy and Envyp. 231
A Dream of Mimesisp. 232
In Las Vegasp. 233
Ars Poetica (the idea)p. 235
Chill Corep. 235
Glass Heartp. 236
Cinema Veritep. 237
Firstp. 241
A Condensed History of Beautyp. 242
On Deathp. 242
On Godp. 243
"[O boss of ashes boss of dust...]"p. 244
Hellop. 245
The Babiesp. 245
The Mustachep. 246
Transylvania, 1919p. 247
The Experiments Lasted Through the Winterp. 247
Portrait of a Childp. 249
Three Bridgesp. 250
After the Shipwreckp. 251
I Was Buried in Janzoorp. 254
Growing Up With a Sears Catalog in Benghazi, Libyap. 255
Echo & Elixir 1p. 257
Echo & Elixir 2p. 258
Logic in the House of Sawed-Off Telescopesp. 260
Lineagep. 261
Opposites Attackp. 262
The Archipelago of Kissesp. 263
Dear Americap. 264
Still Life W/Influencesp. 266
The Wind Domesp. 267
Persuasionp. 268
Lookp. 271
With This Change to Indoor Lightingp. 272
Rendered Dogp. 273
Marriage Proposalp. 274
Hearing Music Through Dark Treesp. 276
Capstonep. 277
Where Were Youp. 278
Driving Past My Exitp. 281
The Vandalsp. 282
The Vandals Dyingp. 283
Practicing Their Diffidence, The Vandalsp. 284
[when you touch down upon this earth.little reindeers]p. 286
[sleek mechanical dart: the syringe noses into the blue vein marking the target of me]p. 287
[tall and thin and young and lovely the michael with kaposi's sarcoma goes walking]p. 288
[writing for a young man on the redline train: "to his boy mistress"]p. 289
[coda & discography]p. 290
For the Unfortunatesp. 291
The End of the Cityp. 291
A Car Has Fallen from a Bridgep. 292
The Rise of Romep. 293
On Finding a Swastika Carved on a Tree in the Hills Above Heidelbergp. 294
Corruptionp. 296
Scarecrow Ecloguep. 296
Second Circlep. 297
Evening with Starsp. 298
Burial Practicep. 299
Portofinop. 301
Autumn Songp. 301
The Clerk's Talep. 302
Strawberryp. 305
Stupidp. 306
What Was There to Bring Me to Delight But to Love and Be Loved?p. 309
a crash of rhinosp. 310
Childhood Storiesp. 312
from The World at Nightp. 313
My Governmentp. 313
We Never Should Have Stopped at Pussy Islandp. 314
More Important Than the Design of Cities Will Be the Design of Their Decayp. 316
Man-Torpedo-Boatp. 317
Assembling My Shepherdp. 318
Never Moroccop. 319
Big Rig the Baroque Skyp. 320
At Shedd Aquariump. 322
Chanel No. 5p. 323
Vampire Finchp. 325
Woodpecker Finchp. 328
House of Diorp. 330
The Alphabetizer Speaksp. 331
First Bookshelfp. 332
What I Disliked About the Pleistocene Erap. 333
Your Name on Itp. 335
Epithalamentp. 336
Postfeminismp. 336
You Love, You Wonderp. 337
Panopticonp. 338
Boot Theoryp. 339
A Primer for the Small Weird Lovesp. 340
Saying Your Namesp. 342
Self-Portrait as the Letter Yp. 346
Historyp. 348
Duendep. 355
localism or t/herep. 358
December 1, 2002p. 359
December 4, 2002p. 361
January 28, 2003p. 363
One Thousand Bullfrogs Rejoicep. 366
Meteorp. 367
Holy Ghostp. 368
Eohippusp. 369
Elsewherep. 370
First person plural is a housep. 371
Set for a Southern Gothicp. 372
Detail From "Set for a Southern Gothic"p. 374
Dead House Sonnetp. 376
Trick Noirp. 376
They Call You Moodyp. 379
Touch Me Notp. 380
Modern Lovep. 381
Miscegenationp. 383
Genus Narcissusp. 384
Countess P-'s Advice for New Girlsp. 384
Native Guardp. 385
Story for the Mother Tonguep. 390
Next to Last Prayerp. 391
Portraits at the Epicenterp. 394
[Now I promise...]p. 398
[If it be event...]p. 398
The Casep. 399
Mayp. 399
Kiss Me Deadlyp. 400
The Miracles of St. Sebastianp. 402
What Begins Bitterly Becomes Another Love Poemp. 403
Hotel d'Avignonp. 404
O Canada!p. 405
As Hour and Year Collapsedp. 407
Send New Beastsp. 409
Narrative Poemp. 410
Where I Stand with Regard to the Gamep. 410
Italics, Minep. 412
Nervous Systemsp. 414
Junkyardp. 415
[Wind in bare vines...]p. 418
Relictp. 418
Coal Agep. 419
The Fossil Gardenp. 420
Testimonyp. 421
Confessionp. 422
50 Years in the Career of an Aspiring Thugp. 423
Advicep. 423
Press Playp. 425
Sybilp. 426
Lamb, Willow: An Arch Dolefulness Has Taken Me This Farp. 428
Amaryllisp. 431
Voluntary Servitudep. 432
Fourteen Things We're Allowed to Bring to the Underworldp. 433
Predictions About a Black Carp. 434
Naglfarp. 435
Night Ferry to Naxos 1p. 436
Night Ferry to Naxos 2p. 436
Flatlandersp. 437
Proximityp. 440
Tornp. 441
Infidelityp. 442
Soundtrackp. 444
The Rushesp. 447
Negativep. 449
Song of Smokep. 450
Erratap. 451
Canadap. 453
School Streetp. 454
Whoever You Arep. 456
Credop. 458
Velocity Among the Ruins of Angel Republicp. 460
Vertigop. 461
[from] Viaticap. 462
Diary (Underworld)p. 464
Not Knowing Nijinsky or Diaghilevp. 465
In Your Version of Heaven I Am Youngerp. 466
Photo Creditsp. 469
Further Readingp. 471
Acknowledgmentsp. 477
Editors' Acknowledgmentsp. 489
The Editorsp. 491
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