Poets of the New Century

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  • Copyright: 2001-10-01
  • Publisher: David R Godine Pub

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Innovative, unified by the vision of the editors, and unabashedly provocative, Poets of the New Century presents a comprehensive selection of the best and most exciting poetry being written today; it is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in the current and future trends of American verse. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Roger Weingarten is the author of eight volumes of poetry, co-editor of four poetry anthologies including New American Poets of the '90s (Godine, 1991) and editor of the Invisible Cities Press Poetry series. His poems and essays have appeared in magazines and journals including American Poetry Review, Poetry, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, and The New Republic. He has been a fellow of the Ingram Merrill Foundation, The Dana Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He founded and teaches in the MFA in Writing at Vermont College of Union Institute Richard M. Higgerson received his BA in English from the University of Vermont and his MFA in Modern Poetry and Creative Writing from Vermont College of Norwich University. He has poems forthcoming in Prague Revue and Manthology: Poems of the Male Experience published by Invisible Cities Press. He lives in South Pomfret, Vermont with his wife and two daughters

Table of Contents

Introductionp. xvii
Twilightp. 1
Twice Removedp. 1
Months Laterp. 2
Untitledp. 3
Why We Fear the Amishp. 3
Midnight at the Third Street Sculpture Gardenp. 4
Sisters in Perpetual Motionp. 5
Rustic Portraitp. 6
Interlude: Still Stillp. 7
Whether or Not There Are Applesp. 8
Elegy for Lessonsp. 9
Dark Yellow Poemp. 11
The Chairp. 12
Nights at The Cedarp. 14
All I Can Sayp. 14
Burning the Fieldsp. 15
The Lacemaker's Condenserp. 17
The Suicide of Clover Adams: 1885p. 18
The Vietnam Birthday Lottery, 1970p. 19
Piano Tuningp. 21
X-ray Visionp. 22
Smokingp. 22
The Cockroaches of Tuol Sleng Museump. 23
Gloomy Sundayp. 25
Haldolp. 26
Crackp. 26
Geniusp. 27
The Countryp. 28
Absencep. 29
Velocityp. 29
Todayp. 31
A Place Made of Starlightp. 31
For Jude the Obscurep. 33
Brothers' Keepersp. 33
To My Hypocrite Readerp. 34
God Comes in a Dream to Cure a Suppliantp. 35
Gratitudep. 36
Fashion Shoot, Frijoles Canyonp. 37
Memorial Dayp. 38
Mothsp. 39
Red Lead, 1978p. 40
After the Sea Parts, My Daughter Walks Among Gravestonesp. 41
Like a Similep. 42
Joylandp. 42
Heatp. 44
Morphinep. 44
First Solo Flightp. 45
Clown Princep. 46
The Day Afterp. 47
My Mother's See-Through Blousep. 48
Brown's Farmp. 49
Night-Lightp. 51
The Bindi Mirrorp. 52
Ululup. 53
The Stilt Fishermanp. 53
Tagging the Stealerp. 54
Biophiliap. 55
Godp. 57
Clitorisp. 58
Dead Baby Speaksp. 58
Two of the Lost Five Foolish Virginsp. 63
The Rainbow Bridge in the Painting of the Sung Dynastyp. 65
Guillotine Windowsp. 66
Unexpected Holidayp. 68
(Often, In Dreams, He Moved)p. 69
(That Day He Spent Hours)p. 70
Mystery, So Longp. 70
At the Gymp. 71
Fish-R-Usp. 72
From "An Island Sheaf":
Sea Grape Valentinep. 74
Watermelon Sodap. 75
On the Chinese Abduction of Tibet's Child Panchen Lamap. 76
A Genesis Text for Larry Levis, Who Died Alonep. 78
The Caste Wife Speaks to the Enigmatic Parabolasp. 79
Elegy for My Brotherp. 80
The Death of Godp. 81
Naturep. 82
Different Hoursp. 83
A Postmortem Guidep. 84
Inspirationp. 85
Vigilp. 86
Narcissusp. 87
Overhead Fanp. 87
Examp. 88
Outer Spacep. 90
Passing Thingsp. 92
The Instruction Manualp. 93
The White Dressp. 94
Shep. 94
Walt, I Salute You!p. 95
Madame L. Describes the Seige of Parisp. 96
Split the Larkp. 100
One Kissp. 105
When the Enemy Is Illiteratep. 105
Invaded by Soulsp. 106
Laughter and Starsp. 108
Rooms and Their Airs (Camere et Aer Ipsius)p. 109
White Asparagusp. 110
What We're Used Top. 112
Impsp. 113
Ancestored-Back Is the Overpresiding Spirit of This Poemp. 115
Refugeesp. 117
Twentieth-Century Children (s): Blood-Kissingp. 118
Torture Boy's Watch, Burn Boy's Boat of Soulsp. 118
Retro Lullabyp. 119
Law and Sensibilityp. 120
The Batp. 121
Lao Tzu Rebukedp. 122
The Summer I Spent Screwing in the Back Seats of Station Wagonsp. 122
Restp. 123
Lessonp. 124
Artist at Workp. 124
Heart Attackp. 125
Approximation 7p. 126
Wrong Poemp. 127
Frankfort Laundromatp. 128
Your Visit to Drettinghobp. 129
Parkersburgp. 130
Zeno's Lemurp. 131
Desperadosp. 131
Her Bodyp. 132
The Eternal Light of Talkp. 135
The Path to the Milky Way Leads Through Los Angelesp. 136
Song from the House of Death, or How to Make It Through to the End of a Relationshipp. 137
This Is My Heartp. 139
The Endp. 140
Our Other Sisterp. 141
Sex and Poetryp. 142
Rowingp. 143
A Shave by the Gangesp. 143
My Double Non-Conversionp. 144
Swifts at Eveningp. 145
The Partyp. 146
Miscarriage and Echop. 148
Birth of a Saintp. 149
Neither Here nor Therep. 150
The Strong Yet Hollow Life Force of Hot Tub Jesusp. 152
Evel Knievel: The Fountain at Caesar's Palace (151 feet 6 inches) Las Vegas, Nevada, September 4th, 1968p. 153
Blanket on Grassp. 155
Lullaby Rubp. 157
From "Thicket Group": A Powerp. 158
Empty Spiresp. 159
A Windowp. 159
The Thicketp. 160
Ethics of Twilightp. 161
Colettep. 161
Days of 1968p. 163
Ocean of Grassp. 163
Windchimep. 164
Lawrencep. 164
Benevolencep. 166
How It Adds Upp. 166
Teaching My Son to Drivep. 167
Integralsp. 168
The Third Partyp. 169
Such Beautyp. 170
Model Fatherp. 172
Ooly Pop a Cowp. 172
Crossing New Riverp. 173
Home Firesp. 175
For Lovep. 176
For Dora Maarp. 176
The Rapturep. 178
Do Not Duplicate This Keyp. 179
CXXXII: The Quandaryp. 182
Terzanelle of Kosovo Fieldsp. 182
No Turn on Redp. 183
Dialectp. 185
Goya's Saint Peter Repentantp. 187
You Lucky Peoplep. 187
Unholy Sonnetp. 188
The Stormp. 189
The Fearp. 189
The Freightp. 190
Father's Dayp. 191
Sacrament for My Penisp. 192
Elegy for a Bad Examplep. 192
Nihilist Timep. 193
Raccoon Timep. 193
On the Day After Allen Ginsberg's Death a Woman Thinks of Mep. 195
Love Poem for an Enemyp. 196
The Turnp. 197
Black Swanp. 198
Elegyp. 199
Two Boysp. 200
Outside The Blue Nilep. 202
Queen Marie-Theresa and Nabop. 204
Forgive and Livep. 206
Inviting the Moose: A Visionp. 208
Conspiracy Theoryp. 209
Novemberp. 211
Western Wars Mitigated by the Confucian Analectsp. 212
Many Mansionsp. 213
Georgia O'Keefe: American Iconp. 214
Emptying the Mindp. 214
Little Black Dinop. 215
Jack Bennyp. 217
Nowhere to Moshp. 217
Love Potion No. 9p. 218
One of the Grim Reaper's Disguisesp. 219
Indian Sign Languagep. 219
Dead Skoonkp. 221
Old Friend in the Darkp. 221
I'm Still Alivep. 222
Failed Teachersp. 224
Sistersp. 224
A Tiny Man of Printp. 225
Capitalist Poem #38p. 226
Capitalist Poem #36p. 227
The Manateep. 227
The Miami Beach Holocaust Memorialp. 227
Ghazal of the Better-Unbegunp. 230
Past All Understandingp. 231
The Gulf Between the Given and the Giftp. 232
Qua Qua Quap. 232
We Take Our Children to Irelandp. 233
Marriage Dissolving in the Upstairs Roomp. 234
These Same, These Many Birdsp. 235
Becausep. 236
Three Weedsp. 237
Wordsp. 238
Doppelgangerp. 238
Pussy Willow (An Apology)p. 239
Girl Tearing Up Her Facep. 241
First-Generation Angelsp. 243
from "Dahmer"p. 244
The Young Asian Womenp. 246
Immigration Angelp. 247
Narcissusp. 248
Taking the Children Awayp. 249
On Sittingp. 250
Bread, Meat, Greens, and Soapp. 251
Mona's Tacop. 252
Bill's Beansp. 253
Knitting, Crocheting, Sewing...p. 253
Ongoingp. 255
Deer Trafficp. 255
Electric Churchp. 257
Fear in Stylep. 258
St. Ives, Winter Nightp. 259
Monkey Mindp. 260
Happy As I Amp. 261
The Old Religionp. 264
The Martyrdom of St. Sebastianp. 265
Alchemyp. 266
Samurai Songp. 268
The Green Pianop. 269
The Haunted Ruinp. 270
To Televisionp. 271
Group Portrait with Ukulelesp. 273
Fitful Angelp. 274
Table Prayerp. 275
The Bountyp. 277
Tilted Man, Tilted Womanp. 278
Damsels, Ip. 279
Intact Womanp. 280
From the Life of Don Margaritop. 281
Writing from Memoryp. 282
Some Extensions on the Sovereignty of Sciencep. 283
Versacep. 285
Question for the Magic Hourp. 285
Jungp. 286
Murder in the Good Landp. 288
Reiterationp. 289
Opus from Spacep. 290
Come, Drink Herep. 290
Transplantingp. 292
Lover Release Agreementp. 296
Resurfacedp. 296
Quest of the Prellp. 298
Brief History of a Sentencep. 300
Rice County Soliloquyp. 301
"Why Talk When You Can Paint?"p. 302
Eve to Adam, in Retrospectp. 304
Seven Postcards from Doverp. 304
No Comparisonp. 306
10 Aprilp. 306
Among the Musk Ox Peoplep. 307
My Other Selfp. 308
Against Self-Tormentp. 310
Complete Semen Studyp. 310
In the Sinkp. 312
On the Day of Nixon's Funeralp. 312
My Mother's Funeralp. 314
Izzyp. 314
Deliriousp. 315
Why I Won't Pierce My Earsp. 316
I am peeling four pink grapefruitp. 317
Wonders of the Invisible Worldp. 318
Story of a Marriagep. 319
Romeo and Julietp. 319
The Book of Blessingsp. 320
Illuminated Manuscriptp. 321
The Talking Curep. 321
The Displacedp. 324
The Extrap. 325
In Medias Resp. 326
The Holy Worm of Praisep. 327
The Zen of Crimep. 328
Whining Prairiep. 329
Miss Molly Rockin' in the House of Blue Lightp. 330
Woman Circling Lakep. 331
Lateral Timep. 331
The Freezing Point of the Universep. 332
Half the Musicp. 333
Queen of the Nightp. 335
Late Psalmp. 336
The Yawnerp. 338
I Dream About My Deadp. 341
Newsreelp. 343
The Gridp. 345
Speaking Louderp. 346
Hairsprayp. 347
The Family Manp. 348
Raisin Factoryp. 350
Devising Your Own Timep. 351
Teaching English from an Old Composition Bookp. 352
Late Confessionp. 353
Practicing T'ai Chi Ch'uanp. 354
Posthumanp. 355
Outside St.-Remy-de-Provencep. 357
Searchesp. 357
Merlinp. 358
Los Angeles, 1954p. 359
I Knowp. 361
Beanstalkp. 361
Because I Wanted to Write a Happy Poem, I Thought of Harry Caray's Dyingp. 363
Confessionalp. 364
The String Diamondp. 366
A Knock on the Doorp. 370
Never Again the Samep. 370
The New Ergonomicsp. 371
How the Pope Is Chosenp. 372
Exiliump. 374
Incidentp. 375
Southbound Pullman, 1945p. 375
The Alley Behind Ocean Drivep. 376
Road Tarp. 377
Erotic Energyp. 378
A Last Look Backp. 378
To the Reader: If You Asked Mep. 379
To the Reader: Polaroidsp. 379
Decadep. 380
Calypso, Twilightp. 381
Neap Tidep. 383
Estrogenp. 385
Iron Brigade Highwayp. 385
Night of the Moonp. 387
Conjuries in Amberp. 388
"Did That Really Happen?"p. 389
To Prove That We Existed Before You Were Bornp. 390
Tone of Voicep. 391
Funktionslustp. 392
Biblical Also-Ransp. 393
One of the Wives of Godp. 394
Elegy for Matthewsp. 396
The Superp. 397
Into the Mouth of the Ratp. 400
One Enchanted Eveningp. 405
Catholicp. 406
Prayer That the Rod of the Prede Stined Spouse May Blossomp. 407
Apology for and Further Explanation of an Attempt to Divert Accusations of Equivocationp. 408
Between Zero and Tenp. 409
Yadp. 410
The Drowning and the Drownedp. 411
Conundrump. 412
Excavation Photop. 413
Stalin's Library Cardp. 414
The Roomp. 418
The Conjure Womanp. 420
Note from the Stop-Gap Motor Innp. 422
Floating Lady Retablop. 423
Floating Lady Retablop. 423
Handfishing Retablop. 424
Handfishing Retablop. 424
Rosesucker Retablop. 424
Rosesucker Retablop. 425
Today's Visibilityp. 425
Howl Upone Eskaping, I Learne Mey Vehikle Is Not Sea-Worthie and Upone Mey Tragik Recapture and Longe Internmynt During Whyche I Wrighte These Words Thorough a Secret System Infolfing Mey Owne Bloodp. 426
Lives of the Paintersp. 427
Sunflowerp. 428
Side Effectsp. 429
Warhol Attends Roy Cohn's Final Birthday Party at the Palladium, June 1985p. 431
Negativep. 432
Campbell's Black Bean Soupp. 433
Acknowledgmentsp. 435
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