Fallen From a Chariot

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A collection of poems by Kevin Prufer.

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Overview

A collection of poems by Kevin Prufer.

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D. A. Powell
"Like the image of butterflies in Satyajit Ray's Distant Thunder, such grief in such abundance; such beauty in destruction. An elegiac poet of the highest order, Kevin Prufer draws the parallel between our own failures and the collapse of ancient empires in graceful eloquent lines. Here, too, the empire fails, falls: 'my empire, like a blood drop into the grass.' If any record of humanity survives our present disastrous course, let these memorable poems be among those artifacts."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780887484193
  • Publisher: Carnegie-Mellon University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2005
  • Series: Carnegie Mellon Poetry Series
  • Pages: 88
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

KEVIN PRUFER is also the author of Strange Wood and The Finger Bone, which was a Laughlin Award finalist. His poems appear in Boston Review, Ploughshares, AGNI, Kenyon Review, Best American Poetry, and the Pushcart Prize anthology. He edits Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing and lives in rural Missouri.

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Table of Contents

ONE
Fallen from a Chariot
A Car Has Fallen from a Bridge
For the Dead: Car Crash
An Angel
An Ambulance
Tired Old Men Asleep in Their Chairs
"They Shall Be Left to Fall as They Are Inclined by Their Own Weight"
Air Disaster Over Kansas
Dissected Bird

TWO
My Life with Caesar
The Rise of Rome
Poor Hannibal of Carthage
The Historian's Prayer to the Deified Augustus
The Death of Augustus
Caligula, Clairvoyant
Caligula on Death
Claudius Adrift
Beautiful Nero
Roman Economics
Lives of the Later Caesars
The Fall of the Roman Empire
Ode to Rome
Goodbye to the City, We Have No Other

THREE
Youth and the Lie That Goes with It
Poem for My Mother at Her Age
Narcissistic Elegy
In the End the Doorbells Stop
Old Woman
The Dead in Their Boats
Burial at Sea
A Gull in the Water
Questions for the Drowned at Sea
Lily
About the Dead

FOUR
The Empire in the Air
The Empire Was Falling
Prayer
For the Dead: Unveiling
Final Instructions
The Gladiator
Underground Mausoleum
Lemure
Who Are Our Barbarians?
Apocalyptic Prayer
I Was the Last Man on Earth

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