Telling the Difference

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Fisher King Press, Feb 28, 2010 - Poetry - 100 pages

"To quote Norman O. Brown quoting Euripedes, God made an opening for the unexpected, and at long last we have what many of us have greatly desired: a collection of poems by Paul Watsky. His is a singular voice in contemporary poetry, with a range that encompasses the wry, the mordant, the laugh-out-loud funny and the deeply moving, often within the same poem. One of Ovid's earliest critics complained that he did not know when to leave well enough alone. In this he resembles the eponymous hero of Watsky's The Magnificent Goldstein, and, come to think of it, Watsky himself, for which we have cause to rejoice."—Charles Martin

"We meet an observant poet telling a story, his story: wryly perceived incidents of family and history-all given with elegance, wit, and intimacy. A concise, carefully crafted, timely view of the world." —Joanne Kyger


 

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Contents

PROLOGUE
xiii
All Good Things
1
TEMPLE OF KALI
3
Cumbersome
5
Toad Fever
6
The Magnificent Goldstein
8
My GrandpaSusans Grandpa
11
Traditional Eats
12
Daybreak New Years 1993
46
WHAT PEOPLE EARN
49
What People Earn
51
Stakes
53
Who Knows
54
The Annual SoCalled Hunting Trip
55
Its All Over But
57
The Girl With The Leash
58

End Games
14
Temple Of Kali
16
Dreaming Ill Love You Dead
21
The Afterlife
23
THE CLOSEST
25
Sleepover At The Old House
27
Of Good Extraction
28
The Closest
29
Big Museum
31
Irish Landscape With Spouse
35
Hell Hath No Windows
36
Thruway Blizzards 19689
38
Formerly Candlestick Park
41
Ballplayer
43
Busmans Holiday Cloudy
60
PIGLET MIND
63
Romances
65
Becube
68
Language Fallen Into The Wrong Hands
69
Upon Encountering Ovids No Lyres For This Lot No Poetry
70
Relative Unknowns
71
Consolation
74
Rural Diptych
75
Piglet Mind
77
EPILOGUE
79
Twins Discuss Heaven
81
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About the author (2010)

A native of New York City, Paul Watsky moved to California during the late 1960's, where, after teaching for five years in the English Department of San Francisco State University, he trained as a clinical psychologist and Jungian analyst. In addition to his first book of poetry, Telling the Difference, Paul is the author of Walk-Up Music (il piccolo editions 2015). His haiku, longer poems, and translations have appeared widely in periodicals and anthologies, including Modern Haiku, A New Resonance: Emerging Voices in English Language Haiku,  Rattle, Interim, Smartish Pace, Asheville Poetry Review, and The Carolina Quarterly. He is cotranslator of Santoka (Tokyo, PIE Books, 2006), and poetry editor of Jung Journal:Culture and Psyche.

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