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American Poetry
The Next Generation
Gerald Costanzo, ed.; Jim Daniels, ed.

Carnegie Mellon University Press



Contents

• Introduction

• RICK AGRAN
• Wearing Dad’s White Shirt Backwards
Cakes Continue to Rise
• Swimming with Seiger
• Doors Thrown Open to Daisies

• ELIZABETH ALEXANDER
• Stravinsky in L.A.
• Minnesota Fats Describes His Youth
• Aspirin

• SHERMAN ALEXIE
• Defending Walt Whitman
• Father and Farther

• RICK ALLEY
• The Canary Man & You
• Dissecting Uncle Sorrow
• Cleaning
• The Growing Days

• ALICE ANDERSON
• Licking Wounds
• The Suicide Year

• DANIEL ANDERSON
• Executive Geochrone
• The Nightly News

• TALVIKKI ANSEL
• Flemish Beauty
• Afterwards: Caliban

• AARON ANSTETT
• Pharmacy
• Man Saves Own Life
• Shift
• Worry

• CRAIG ARNOLD
• The Extravagance of Zoos
• Why I Skip My High School Reunions

• DAVID BARATIER
• American Standard
• The Fall of Because
• Estrella’s Prophecies #47
• She wants

• DAVID BARBER
• The Spirit Level
• Nocturne
• Little Overture
• Small Hours

• PAUL BEATTY
• Independent Study
• Why That Abbott and Costello Vaudeville Mess Never Worked with Black People
• Stall Me Out

• JOSHUA BECKMAN
• Lament for the Death of a Bullfighter

• ERIN BELIEU
• Part of the Effect of the Public Scene is to Importune the Passing Viewer
• The Man Who Tried to Rape You
• How the Elderly Drive

• MOLLY BENDALL
• Conversation with Isadora Duncan
• After Estrangement
• Matinee Idylls

• DINA BEN-LEV
• Broken Helix
• A Sensualist Speaks on Faith

• JACQUELINE BERGER
• Getting to Know Her
• The Gun
• Between Worlds

• CAROLE BERNSTEIN
• The Cup of Coffee
• When My Grandmother Said “Pussy”
• Caught
• Profaning the Dead

• MARK BIBBINS
• The Pathology of Proximity
• Geometry Class

• DAVID BIESPIEL
• There Were No Deer in the Thicket
• White Roses
• Lilacs
• The Heat Sours

• RICHARD BLANCO
• El Malibu
• The Silver Sands
• Shaving

• JOE BOLTON
• Fin de Siecle
• The Lights at Newport Beach
• In Memory of the Boys of Dexter, Kentucky
• The Parthenon at Nashville
• American Tragedy

• GAYLORD BREWER
• Mountains
• The Journals
• Teen Drowns in Rehabilitation Camp Day Before 17th Birthday, Questions Persist

• JOEL BROUWER
• Conservatory Pond, Central Park, New York, New York
• Steve’s Commando Paintball, San Adriano, California
• Space Memorabilia Auction, Superior Stamp and Coin, Beverly Hills, California

• STEPHANIE BROWN
• I Was a Phony Baloney!
• Feminine Intuition
• Marginalia
• It Took A Village

• LISA BUSCANI
• Barefoot in the City
• Downtime
• Miss Mary Mack

• ANTHONY BUTTS
• The Nature of Braille
• A Poe Story
• Skin
• The Belle Isle Men

• RAFAEL CAMPO
• The Lost Plaza Is Everywhere
• Belonging
• From
Ten Patients, and Another
Lost in the Hospital
• My Voice
• What the Body Told

• NICK CARBO
• In Tagalog Ibon Means Bird
• Civilizing the Filipino
• Little Brown Brother

• KENNETH CARROLL
• DC Nocturne
• Theory On Extinction

• KEITH CARTWRIGHT
• In dreams
• The delta
• ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT

• HAYAN CHARARA
• Thinking American
• My Father Breaks the Neighbor’s Nose
• On the Murder of an Ice Cream Man
• Holy Water

• LISA D. CHAVEZ
• Clean Sheets
• The Woman Who Raised Dogs
• After the Prom

• JUSTIN CHIN
• Night
• Bergamot
• Why He Had To Go

• A. V. CHRISTIE
• In My Dream
• Belongings

• JOSHUA CLOVER
• The Institute for Social Change
• Family Romance
• There is the Body Lying in State

• LISA COFFMAN
• Likely
• Girl/Spit
• Cheerleaders
• Courage, or One of Gene Horner’s Fiddles

• NICOLE COOLEY
• Undine
• Diane Arbus, New York
• The Family History

• LESLEY DAUER
• Falling
• Philip the Store Policeman
• William
• Lois at the Hair Salon

• CHRISTOPHER DAVIS
• Nod
• Little Crisis Framed in My Window
• Any Nest I Can’t Sleep in Should Be Burned

• OLENA KALYTIAK DAVIS
• Moorer Denies Holyfield in Twelve
• Thirty Years Rising
• The Panic of Birds

• CONNIE DEANOVICH
• American Avalon
• Zombie Jet
• My Favorite Monk Is
• Requirements for Suggesting Fats Waller

• MARK DECARTERET
• Coloring
• The Town Clerk

• JUAN DELGADO
• Chuparosa
• Con Los Pajaros
• Dandelion
• I-5 Incident

• TOM DEVANEY
• The American Pragmatist Fell in Love
• Sonnet

• ELIZABETH DODD
• Lyric
• Like Memory, Caverns
• Touched

• SEAN THOMAS DOUGHERTY
• The Puerto Rican Girls of French Hill
• Long Coats with Deep Pockets
• Cocoons
• Double Helix

• DENISE DUHAMEL
• Yes
• Art
• Bicentennial Barbie
• Kinky

• THOMAS SAYERS ELLIS
• Being There
• Tapes

• HEID E. ERDRICH
• Fat in America
• Hopi Prophet Chooses a Pop
• The Quiet Earth
• Future Debris

• SASCHA FEINSTEIN
• Summerhouse Piano
• Blues for Zoot
• Singapore, July 4th
• Blues Villanelle for Sonny Criss

• LISA FISHMAN
• Diagnosis: My Mother’s Breast
• Promiscuity
• V’s Farmhouse

• NICK FLYNN
• Bag of Mice
• Emptying Town
• God Forgotten
• Fragment (found inside my mother)

• RUTH FORMAN
• Abraham Got All the Stars in the Sand
• Someone
• Kin
• We Are the Young Magicians

• KENNY FRIES
• From
The Healing Notebooks

JOANNA FUHRMAN
• Atlantis
• Evidence
• Personal Ad
• Watching Trains
• Here, I Say

• SUZANNE GARDINIER
• To Peace
• Where Blind Sorrow Is Taught to See
• At Work
• Blues

• STEVE GEHRKE
• Mouth to Mouth
• Walking Fields at Night South of Hampton, Iowa
• Near the Mississippi

• TIMOTHY GEIGER
• Disproportionate
• A Dry Spell of Faith
• Soundtracks

• LISA GLATT
• Amanda
• What We Did After My Mother’s Mastectomy
• One Night With a Stranger at 30

• DOUGLAS GOETSCH
• The Walls
• Urban Poem
• The Beach
• Nobody’s Hell

• RIGOBERTO GONZALES
• Perla at the Mexican Border Assembly Line of Dolls
• Day of the Dead
• Death of the Farm Workers’ Cat

• DEBRA GREGERMAN
• Silent Globe
• High Speed
• Lullaby
• Strictly Speaking

• MAURICE KILWEIN GUEVARA
• Once When I was in the Eighth Grade
• Dona Josefina Counsels Dona Concepcion Before Entering Sears
• The Miniaturist
• Postmortem

• BETH GYLYS
• Fat Chance
• Balloon Heart
• Family Reunion—Aunt Vern’s Two Cent

• JAMES HARMS
• From Now On
• After Yes
• My Own Little Piece of Hollywood
• Tomorrow, We’ll Dance in America

• TERRANCE HAYES
• Goliath Poem
• Boxcar
• At Pegasus

• BRIAN HENRY
• Discovery
• Skin
• Garage Sale

• BOB HICOK
• Alzheimer’s
• Over Coffee
• Heroin

• MARY CROCKETT HILL
• Ruth
• Bad Karma
• Sleep
• Abomination

• ELLEN HINSEY
• Planisferia, Map of the World, Lisbon, 1554
• The Art of Measuring Light
• The Approach of War

• CHRISTINE HUME
• Various Readings of an Illegible Postcard
• Birthday
• Dialogue of Thunder
• Dirty Money

• AUSTIN HUMMELL
• Salt Longing
• Saraband
• I Never Saw a Goddess Go
• Sculpture Garden

• BRUCE JACKSON
• In Exchange for Forty Acres
• Shooting, Killing, Drug Busts, Cover-Ups, Fuck-Ups, Lighter Sides, Weather, and Sports
• Another Imposter
• Riot at Winchell’s

• J. L. JACOBS
• Two Varieties of the Bitter Orange
• Nearing Long Moons
• Snakeroot

• JONATHAN JOHNSON
• Eclipse
• The View Cafe
• Midnight Run
• Unmarked Stop in Front of Westmond General Store, Westmond, Idaho

• JUDY JORDAN
• Through These Halls
• Winter
• Sandbar at Moore’s Creek

• ALLISON JOSEPH
• Soul Train
• Adolescence
• Wedding Party

• JULIA KASDORF
• What I Learned from My Mother
• First TV in a Mennonite Family
• Eve’s Striptease
• The Streak

• LAURA KASISCHKE
• Fatima
• Pall
• My Heart

• DAVID KEPLINGER
• Inside: George Gaines at Graterford Prison, 1981
• Another Century
• The Distance Between Zero and One

• GER KILLEEN
• Tristia
• My Father’s Angels
• Wishes
• Rewind
• At the Black Edge

• JAMES KIMBRELL
• True Descenders
• My Father at the North Street Boarding House
• Rooftop

• GERRY LAFEMINA
• Her Rose Tattoo
• White Dwarf

• LANCE LARSEN
• Red
• Lips
• Peach

• DANA LEVIN
• Red Water
• Wind
• Field

• MARK LEVINE
• Work Song
• Everybody
• Wedding Day

• KATE LIGHT
• My Worst Nightmare
• From
Five Urban Love Songs
The Idea of Love Between Us
• Because

• FATIMA LIM-WILSON
• The Wave
• Upon Overhearing Tagalog
• Explaining the Origin of My Name

• BETH LISICK
• Pantoumstone for a Dying Breed
• Empress of Sighs

• TIMOTHY LIU
• Highway 6
• Poem
• Thoreau
• Wellfleet

• M. LONCAR
• insomnia
• there goes the bride
• picasso shag

• JOEL LONG
• Bermuda Triangle
• Music’s Wife

• PETER MARKUS
• Black Light
• Light
• Shooting Crows

• DAVID MARLATT
• The Summer of the New Well
• Bruce and the Bluegills
• Working Girl
• Katherine’s Hair

• VALERIE MARTINEZ
• Into the Next One
• Coastal

• KHALED MATTAWA
• History of My Face
• The Bus Driver Poem
• Letter to Ibrahim

• ELLYN MAYBE
• Umbilical Cord

• SHARA MCCALLUM
• Calypso
• Jamaica, October 18, 1972
• The Perfect Heart
• In my other life

• JEFFREY MCDANIEL
• The Obvious
• Leonard
• Play It Again, Salmonella
• Logic in the House of Sawed-Off Telescopes

• CAMPBELL MCGRATH
• Shrimp Boats, Biloxi
• At the Freud Hilton

• LESLIE ANNE MCILROY
• Good-bye, Valentine
• How to Change a Flat
• Siesta

• PAULA MCLAIN
• Residue
• Beauty, That Lying Bitch
• Connor in the Wind and Rain with His Coat on
• Fishing
• Willing

• MARK MCMORRIS
• The Near Speech
• Evening

• CONSTANCE MERRITT
• The Mute Swan
• Woman of Color
• Lullaby

• MALENA MORLING
• In a Motel Room at Dawn
• For the Woman with the Radio
• For F.M. Who Did Not Get Killed Yesterday on 57th Street
• Three-Card Monte

• JULIE MOULDS
• When Bad Angels Love Women
• Late Summer Litany
• Renoir’s Bathers

• RICK MULKEY
• Blind-Sided
• Why I Believe in Angels

• MAGGIE NELSON
• 56 Westervelt
• Shiner
• Wish
• Motel Story

• RICK NOGUCHI
• The Turn of Privacy
• His Wave
• Not Surfing Some Days

• JENNIFER O’GRADY
• Poem for the Womb
• Anonymous Wedding Photo
• Buster’s Last Hand

• JOE OSTERHAUS
• Gambier
• New York Minute

• FRANKIE PAINO
• The Truth
• A Matter of Division
• 1965

• ALAN MICHAEL PARKER
• Lullaby
• Magpie
• Alchemy
• Above the Timberline

• G. E. PATTERSON
• Letter from Home
• Autobiography of a Black Man
• Lament

• V. PENELOPE PELIZZON
• Clever and Poor
• A Late Apostasy
• The Wedding Day
• The Feast of San Silvestro

• TRACY PHILPOT
• Wildlife
• Louisa’s Wedding
• How to Live in the Elegy

• D. A. POWELL
• Tall and thin and young and lovely the michael with kaposi’s sarcoma goes walking
• A long line of bohunks and hunyaks: we settled in podunk. thirteen consonants

• KEVIN POWELL
• Genius Child
• harlem: new-image
• Southern Birth

• ROHAN B. PRESTON
• Chicago Blues
• Mama
• Deep-Sea Bathing (Inna Reggae Dancehall)

• KEVIN PRUFER
• My Father Recounts a Story from His Youth
• The Babysitter’s Devotion
• On Finding a Swastika Carved on a Tree in the Hills above Heidelberg
• For the Dead

• CHARLES RAFFERTY
• The Man on the Tower
• The Arsonist Tells His Story to the Attorney
• Story of the Man Whose Tastes Were Too Refined

• HEATHER RAMSDELL
• Bright Receding
• Nearly Circle

• CLAUDIA RANKINE
• Elsewhere, Things Tend
• The Quotidian

• JOANNA RAWSON
• The Border
• Map Burnt Through

• WILLIAM REICHARD
• The Monster’s Dream
• The Cloud Game

• REBECCA REYNOLDS
• The Object of Burial is Intent
• Peridot
• Surplus

• KIM ROBERTS
• From
The Constellation Frigidaire
The Plastic Cup
• Night Tumbles into Town by Rail

• ELIZABETH ROBINSON
• Salisbury Plain
• Fountain
• For Karen
• Shatter
• Meshes

• MATTHEW ROHRER
• A Short History of Illumination
• Hotel de L’etoile
• Quick Sell the Pig
• A Hummock in the Malookas
• A Last Look at the Mutineers

• LEE ANN RORIPAUGH
• Pearls
• Peony Lover

• CATIE ROSEMURGY
• Hard Put
• Why God Invented the Cold
• An Angel Finally Admits What She Knows to Lou Binkler of Bethany, Missouri

• SARAH ROSENBLATT
• Leaving Home
• Visiting New York
• Should I Stay or Should I Go?
• The Second Half of Our Lives
• The Procession
• Mom and Dad Getting Older

• SARAH RUDEN
• A Beggar Outside Cape Town Station
• Letter
• The Stubble Burning

• JOHN RYBICKI
• Brother Ben
• In Directions
• For Daniel Beels, Third Generation Bricklayer
• This Sun

• MARY ANN SAMYN
• Poem with Light on Its Shoulder
• The Art of Kissing
• Trompe l’Oeil in Winter

• MARGOT SCHILPP
• Devotions in Confidence
• Under the Scorpion’s Heart
• Non Sequitur
• Triage

• RUTH L. SCHWARTZ
• When They Know
• Grief
• Late Summer

• LISA SEWELL
• The Denied
• Expulsion
• Release

• PATTY SEYBURN
• Persuasion
• Good Water
• You and Them

• BRENDA SHAUGHNESSY
• Rise
• Your One Good Dress
• Postfeminism

• REGINALD SHEPHERD
• West Willow
• Maritime
• Who Owns the Night and Leases Stars

• MARTHA SILANO
• In Henry Carlile’s Writing 213
• Sweet Red Peppers, Sun-Drieds, the Hearts of Artichokes
• The Moon
• Such a Way to Go

• ROSE SOLARI
• Currents
• December 25, 1991
• Truro

• ANGELA SORBY
• Synchronized Swimming
• The Man without a Middle
• Gossip
• Land of Lincoln

• PHILIP STEPHENS
• Hangman
• The Signalmen
• God Shed His Grace

• ADRIENNE SU
• Address
• Antidepressant

• VIRGIL SUAREZ
• Song for the Sugar Cane
• Song to the Banyan
• Cuban-American Gothic
• Donatilia’s Unrequited Love Remedy
• Rice Comes to El Volcan

• LARISSA SZPORLUK
• The Grass and the Sin
• Libido
• Duressor

• RICHARD TAYSON
• Nightsweats
• The Chase

• J. TARIN TOWERS
• Mission Poem
• Three Observations on Belief

• ANN TOWNSEND
• First Quilt
• After the End
• Eighteenth-Century Medical Illustration: The Infant in Its Little Room
• The Bicycle Racers

• PIMONE TRIPLETT
• Spectral Dues
• Studies in Desire
• Spider of Doubt

• SAM TRUITT
• From
Anamorphosis Eisenhower

ALPAY ULKU
• Spring Forward, Fall Back
• History
• Lullaby

• REETIKA VAZIRANI
• Mrs. Biswas of Maryland on the Phone
• Mrs. Biswas Goes through a Photo Album
• Mrs. Biswas Breaks Her Connection with Another Relative

• ANTHONY R. VIGIL
• El Hogarcito de La Madrugada
• That’s the Way, Uh Huh, Uh Huh, I Liked It,
• At the Stop Light, the Braided Blond Man
• As the Beer Trucks Eclipse the Light of Morning

• KAREN VOLKMAN
• Seasonal
• The Pregnant Lady Playing Tennis
• Theft
• (Untitled)

• DAVID SCOTT WARD
• Hunting in Twilight
• My Brothers Make a Lantern

• THOM WARD
• Dark Underfoot
• Stray Dogs, Foaming
• In the Interest of Possibility
• Tacit

• JOE WENDEROTH
• Aesthetics of the Bases Loaded Walk
• Death
• Disfortune
• Detailed History of the Western World

• RACHEL WETZSTEON
• Urban Gallery
• Surgical Moves
• Coming Back to the Cave
• Drinks in the Town Square
• Witness

• SUSAN M. WHITMORE
• The Bird
• Gamelia
• Lenaia

• CRYSTAL WILLIAMS
• In Search of Aunt Jemima
• For the White Lady Holding Me

• LISA WILLIAMS
• Crater
• Interruption of Flight

• GREG WILLIAMSON
• Neighboring Storms
• Up in the Air
• Drawing Hands
• The Counterfeiter
• Belvedere Marittimo

• STEVE WILSON
• The Picture on the Purple Wall
• Experiments in the Impersonal
• A Contemporary Poet
• Recreational Mathematics

• CHRISTIAN WIMAN
• Hearing Loss
• In Lakeview Cemetery
• Sweet Dreams

• SUZANNE WISE
• I Was Very Prolific
• 50 Years in the Career of an Aspiring Thug
• Closure Opening Its Trap

• MARK WUNDERLICH
• Thirst
• One Explanation of Beauty
• Suture

• M. WYREBEK
• An Example
• Trendelenburg Position
• A Healing Logic
• Recovery

• KEVIN YOUNG
• An Almanac, 1939
• Degrees
• The Escape Artist
• Eddie Priest’s Barbershop & Notary
• Central Standard Time

• KATAYOON ZANDVAKILI
• No Trespassing (Private Beach)
• County
• Love Letter

• CONTRIBUTOR’S NOTES





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