Traffic: New and Selected Prose Poems

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White Pine Press, 1998 - Poetry - 76 pages
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Poetry. Jack Anderson is a true original. His pictures of the life we lead are satiric gems, yet so consummate an artist is he that at each thrust of his sardonic wit the reader can do nothing but laugh uproariously and demand More, more...'--Mort Marcus, author of THE SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAIN POEMS. In these 37 prose poems, ranging in density from short lists to treatises on poetics and philosophy, Anderson begins with a deceptively simple voice that breaks into dark hilarity: No, you shall not be hurt. You may depart at once. All that is required is that you wear this placard reading, I am an ugly thing because I am superfluous. Currently working as a dance critic for the New York Times, Anderson has written eight previous books of poetry and seven books of dance criticism. He has read his poems at colleges and cultural centers in the U.S., Canada, England, and Australia.
 

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Contents

Wonders
11
Connections
13
H Thimbleism is A Poem of Coffee
15
The Mysterious Sound
16
is Calamitous Dreams
18
The Burden
20
The Somnambulists Hotel
21
Once Each Spring the Face of Ophelia Appears Upon the Waters
23
Perplexities
31
Research Topics
33
The Sincere Poet
34
Bartenders
36
The Adventures of Bucky Badger
38
The Pregnant Teapot
40
Sunday Dinner
41
Return to Work
42

Orpheus in the Afternoon
24
The Mysterious Barricades or The Enchainments of Memory
25
His Story
28
Golden Moment
29
He Lives Among
43
My Mother Growing
44
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Currently working as a dance critic for the New York Times, Anderson has written eight previous books of poetry and seven books of dance criticism. He has read his poems at colleges and cultural centres in the UK, USA, Canada and Australia.

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