Falling Brick Kills Local Man

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  • Copyright: 2009-02-08
  • Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Pr
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Falling Brick Kills Local Manis a daring and inventive collection of narrative poems rich with thoughtful and precise language. Mark Kraushaar writes about what moves him, whether that is the war in Iraq, the notion of synchronicity, the retelling of childrenrs"s stories, or a problem of recollection. Often inspired by newspaper stories or witnessed scenes, these poems are a refreshingly honest exploration of our interconnected and multifaceted world. Finalist, Poetry, Midwest Book Awards

Author Biography

Mark Kraushaar is the recipient of Poetry Northwest’s Richard Hugo Award and two Wisconsin Arts Board awards for poetry and has been a finalist for both the Walt Whitman Award and the Juniper Prize. His poems are widely published and have been anthologized in Best American Poetry 2006; Motion: American Sports Poems; Visiting Walt: Poems Inspired by the Life and Work of Walt Whitman; and Who Are the Rich and Where Do They Live. A registered nurse in adult psychiatry for the past twenty-five years, he has worked as a taxi driver in Boston, a pipe welder in Mississippi, a shoe factory worker in London, England, and an English teacher in Vermont. He lives in Lake Mills, Wisconsin.

Table of Contents

US Exhaust and Tire
In Line at the Kwik Trip
Water Squirrels
Dick and Jane
I Controlled Paul Molitor's Hitting Streak
Dear Mr. Whitman
Les Waverly: Secrets in Conversation
Fast Loans
Personal Reasons
We Choose Our Parents
The Call
Wichita 67204
An Old Story
Valley Road
Edward Hopper, Morning Sun 1952
Chloral Hydrate 500mg May Repeat Times One as Needed for Sleeplessness
WWII Plane Found on Moon
Ming's Imperial Palace, October 1975
Free Throw
House of Chong
Road Kill
Bat Boy Escapes
Falling Brick Kills Local Man
The Message
This Is What Happened
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I mean, the spinning Earth whirls east
and a dog walks wagging by.
I can’t explain.
Inflexible, garrulous, sad, anymore
we’re our own full time jobs.
Wasn’t Dad the best?
Didn’t light form in the doorways?
Didn’t the mailman come?
Look Jane. Oh, turn and look.
Past the market by the playground,
here we are, so unhip, so well meaning and bizarre.
—excerpt from “Dick and Jane”
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