A Worldly Country

A Worldly Country : New Poems

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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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 76 pages
  • 149.86 x 220.98 x 10.16mm | 90.72g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0061173843
  • 9780061173844
  • 1,793,325

Review quote

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