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The Goodbye Town
Timothy O’Keefe

FIELD Poetry Series

Oberlin College Press
2011 • 85 pp. 6 x 9"
Poetry - American

$15.95 Paperback, 978-0-932440-40-2

Timothy O'Keefe was awarded the 2010 FIELD Poetry Prize for THE GOODBYE TOWN, described by Editor David Walker as "a complex and multilayered collection, deeply intelligent and humane, beautifully balanced in its sly wit and elegant lyricism.... He has a fresh and distinctive voice." This is O'Keefe's first book.

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"O’Keefe's poems are not Time, but another thing that flies—grace, soul, fleeting love, the furious imagination of a poet so attendant to his art as to be contemporary without simply resorting to novelty. Here are poems that vary the existing patterns without abandoning them, that engage sensation without being simply sensational, that elegize the province of what is foregone without being elegies."—D. A. Powell

From the Book:

Little Crow

The houses are blank tonight,
the windows deep. A pierced kite
filters wind through a pine tree.
The moon’s pale debris ignites

dewdrops in a yellow yard.
A screen door snaps like a shard
of night itself. A crow caws
to its straw-stuffed men, regards

the scene with a kind of joy:
prodigal, wide as a boy
in a sealed crib. The world is
flawless. His. Spun like a toy.

TIMOTHY O'KEEFE received his MFA from Johns Hopkins University and a PhD from the University of Utah. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Conjunctions, Denver Quarterly, New American Writing, Pleiades, and elsewhere. He has been awarded scholarships to attend the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and the Tin House Writer's Workshop. In 2008, Heather McHugh selected a group of his poems for the Academy of American Poets Levis Prize.

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