Hammer: Poems

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"Turpin is a poet of unusual gifts. . . a meditative and social poet whose real subject is the connection between one person and another—sometimes, between one person and all others. His material is not local color, but the universal, and the building trades are presented not as exotic but for their likeness to the rest of life."—Robert Pinsky

"This work is so fundamentally substantial and pleasurable that it feels, to me, like an anthem."—Tony Hoagland

Mark Turpin has made his living for the past twenty-five ...

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Overview

"Turpin is a poet of unusual gifts. . . a meditative and social poet whose real subject is the connection between one person and another—sometimes, between one person and all others. His material is not local color, but the universal, and the building trades are presented not as exotic but for their likeness to the rest of life."—Robert Pinsky

"This work is so fundamentally substantial and pleasurable that it feels, to me, like an anthem."—Tony Hoagland

Mark Turpin has made his living for the past twenty-five years as a carpenter and construction worker, and his debut collection offers a rare and profound view of manual labor’s laconic, and largely male, world. He lives in San Francisco.

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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times
Give your debut collection of poems a title like Hammer and you are all but promising a poetry of blunt, direct and forceful language. Mark Turpin's poems, most of which are set on the job sites of the home construction industry and peopled by the carpenters and backhoe operators who work there, deliver on that promise. — Andrew Santella
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781889330860
  • Publisher: Sarabande Books
  • Publication date: 7/1/2003
  • Pages: 64
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9
Laborer's Code 13
The Box 14
Last Hired 15
Pickwork 17
Shithouse 19
Poem 20
Hammer 21
Sonnet 23
Don Fargo & Sons 24
The Man Who Built This House 26
Carpenter 29
Waiting for Lumber 31
A Carpenter's Body 33
Millet's Shepherdess with her Flock 37
Photograph From Antietam 39
Will Turpin b. 1987 43
In Winter 44
Aubade 46
The Furrow 47
The Day 48
Sledgehammer's Song 51
Finish Work (after Hardy) 53
Gene Lance 54
Before Groundbreak 55
Setting Up 59
The World of Things 60
Jobsite Wind 61
Nailer 63
Downslope 66
Foundation 68
The Aftermath 69
Everything Under The Sun 71
Muse 74
The Author 77
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