A Worldly Country: New Poems (Paperback)

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Thrill of a Romance

It's different when you have hiccups. Everything is so many glad hands competing for your attention, a scarf, a puff of soot, or just a blast of silence from a radio. What is it? That's for you to learn to your dismay when, at the end of a long queue in the cafeteria, tray in hand, they tell you the gate closed down after the Second World War. Syracuse was declared capital of a nation in malaise, but the directorate had other, hidden goals. To proclaim logic a casualty of truth was one.

Everyone's solitude (and resulting promiscuity) perfumed the byways of villages we had thought civilized. I saw you waiting for a streetcar and pressed forward. Alas, you were only a child in armor. Now when ribald toasts sail round a table too fair laid out, why the consequences are only dust, disease and old age. Pleasant memories are just that. So I channel whatever into my contingency, a vein of mercury that keeps breaking out, higher up, more on time every time. Dirndls spotted with obsolete flowers, worn in the city again, promote open discussion.

Praise For…

“With this latest collection, A Worldly Country, the prolific author continues to cement his place in the canon.”
-Time Out New York

Product Details
ISBN: 9780061173844
ISBN-10: 0061173843
Publisher: Ecco Press
Publication Date: February 5th, 2008
Pages: 76
Language: English