Neither World

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Poetry. "Ralph Angel makes visible the liminal: those almost unbearable states that hover near the threshold of perception. This is a poetics of trace and trance, accident and significance, rightly odd details, and speakers who are 'electrified / by earth shoes, a solitary goat dance, / the weird expanse of parking lots, / glittering, peopled with loneliness.' Angel combines the drop-dead nonchalance of film noir, the cool jazz of Chet Baker, and epiphanies of demise when he writes 'it takes / practice to get ...
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Poetry. "Ralph Angel makes visible the liminal: those almost unbearable states that hover near the threshold of perception. This is a poetics of trace and trance, accident and significance, rightly odd details, and speakers who are 'electrified / by earth shoes, a solitary goat dance, / the weird expanse of parking lots, / glittering, peopled with loneliness.' Angel combines the drop-dead nonchalance of film noir, the cool jazz of Chet Baker, and epiphanies of demise when he writes 'it takes / practice to get lost, paint with our own hair, burrow deeply / into shadows of flesh coming undone at the seams.' He eavesdrops on the American psyche and retrieves the somatic residue of speech within the dream-defiled paradise that is Southern California. In the absence of satiation, he makes a haven of longing. I am intoxicated by the fine strangeness of his work"--Alice Fulton.
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Ralph Angel was born in Seattle, Washington, in 1951. He is the author of Twice Removed (Sarabande Books, 2001), Neither World, which received the 1995 James Laughlin Award, and Anxious Latitudes (1986). His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, The Antioch Review, The American Poetry Review, and many other magazines, and have been collected in numerous anthologies, including The Best American Poetry, New American Poets of the 90s, and Forgotten Language: Contemporary Poets and Nature. His most recent honors include a Pushcart Prize, and awards from the Fulbright Foundation and Poetry magazine. Mr. Angel now lives in Los Angeles and is the Edith R. White Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Redlands, where he teaches creative writing.
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Table of Contents

Long Shadows, Many Footsteps 15
Subliminal Birds 17
Unspeakable 19
The River Has No Hair to Hold Onto 22
The Privilege of Silence 24
Waves 26
The Loneliest Man 28
Leaving One 33
How Long Can We Go On Winning? 35
In Every Direction 36
Breaking and Entering 38
At the Seams 41
Veils of Prayer 45
Evolving Similarities 47
Love's That Simple 50
At Your Convenience 52
Trance Music 54
Headlights Trail Away 59
Among Fields of Shocked Corn 61
Like Land Crabs 63
A Rat in the Room 65
Try and Run 68
Inside a World the World Fits Into 73
Breaking Rhythm 74
It Could Have Been More 76
Untitled 78
Where All the Streets Lead to the Sea 80
From Goya's Room 82
Getting Honest 83
And the Grass Did Grow 87
Don't 89
The Blessed 91
Shadow Play 93
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