Surviving the Moment of Impact

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2002-06-11
  • Publisher: Soft Skull Press
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T. Cole Rachel, a self-described “weird midwestern kid who dreamed all his life of running away to the big city,” writes poems about the act of survival. His locales are specific (the Midwest, rural America) and his voice (the adolescent outsider) recognizable, but, as Bret Easton Ellis writes, he “makes the mundane feel urgent, fresh, vital. This is powerful writing.” “The energy and precision and respect [Rachel] brings to [his subjects] is heart-stoppingly affirmative.” — Edmund White

Table of Contents

Miles, Etc. an introduction
mcpoemp. 3
july 4, 1996p. 4
before leavingp. 5
pulledp. 6
winners never quitp. 7
where he's beenp. 8
the waitp. 9
the proofp. 11
"yr so great"p. 12
the things that waitp. 14
things that are lostp. 16
removing the deadp. 17
the poem isp. 21
surviving the moment of impactp. 22
on collaging childhood photographsp. 24
having never succeeded as a chain smokerp. 25
the grandparentsp. 26
misplacedp. 27
rlegy for a cousin who has fallen off the face of the planetp. 28
what is leftp. 30
my father, one of those things I never write aboutp. 32
my fears that I am a bad person are once again confirmedp. 33
tiesp. 34
dear diaryp. 39
tellingp. 40
missedp. 41
suspension of disbeliefp. 42
like a hole in the headp. 43
the giftp. 44
six degrees of the devilp. 45
cadaver poemp. 46
sometimes it happensp. 47
this poem is hauntedp. 48
retainedp. 49
figuring out what sex meansp. 51
fear of flyingp. 53
saved from drowningp. 56
this is where I know you fromp. 58
the project of the poemp. 59
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