A Handmade Museum

Overview

Brenda Coultas’s prose poems take us on a well-documented tour from the Bowery, pre-1900 and post-9/11, to southern Indiana, pre-automobile and post-genetic engineering. Her poems are sculptures pieced together from bits of memory and a montage of American detritus. This cinematic and wildly original collection asks the big questions as it documents our private selves, playing out our lives in public.

Before becoming a poet, Brenda Coultas was a farmer, a carny, a taffy maker, a...

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Overview

Brenda Coultas’s prose poems take us on a well-documented tour from the Bowery, pre-1900 and post-9/11, to southern Indiana, pre-automobile and post-genetic engineering. Her poems are sculptures pieced together from bits of memory and a montage of American detritus. This cinematic and wildly original collection asks the big questions as it documents our private selves, playing out our lives in public.

Before becoming a poet, Brenda Coultas was a farmer, a carny, a taffy maker, a park ranger, a waitress in a disco ballroom, and the second woman welder in Firestone Steel’s history. Her poetry has appeared in numerous publications, including Conjunctions, Epoch, Fence, and Open City. She lives one block from the Bowery in New York City.

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Publishers Weekly
Following Mina Loy's footsteps to the dumpsters of the Bowery, New York poet Coultas works in public: "I write poems for twenty, that's twenty people to a poem." In these five sets of poems, Coultas unearths an entire America, "Buffaloville/ Newtonville/ Yankeeville/ Patronville." Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566891431
  • Publisher: Coffee House Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2003
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 110
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author


Brenda Coultas is the author of A Handmade Museum, winner of the Poetry Society of America's Norma Farber First Book Award. An Indiana native, she has lived in New York for ten years and teaches at Touro College. Coultas has also served as series curator at the Poetry Project and taught at Naropa University's Summer Writing Program.
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Table of Contents

The Bowery Project 11
An American Movie 55
Inside the Weather 60
An Early Alphabet 64
To Write It Down 65
Diorama 71
The Human Museum 73
The Blue Eye: A Paper Film 75
A Short Story That Takes Place on the Moon 76
Lecture #1 78
Dr. Wasserman 80
A Stick 81
Boy Eye 82
Forecasting 84
The Three Men 85
Weather Report 86
Black Boxes 88
Capitalist Projections 89
Millennium Day 90
The Killing Thief in the Night 91
Dumpster 92
Memory Jar 93
Time Near the End of Time 94
A Sightseeing Tour 96
A Horseless Carriage 101
The Cat Situation 103
Burials 105
A Book 111
Calendar 112
An Estate Sale 113
Seedhead 114
Hayroll 115
Hayhenge 116
Third Farming Poem 117
A Summer Newsreel 118
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