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David Clewell’s graceful, honest lines accumulate and remind us that poems can be as tangible, as substantial, as redemptive as those things the poet will not let go unspoken in the world. His compassionate witness is born out of immersion in doggedly bittersweet particulars: the cockeyed wisdom of 1950s science fiction movies; Do Not Disturb signs; vegetarian physics; the perils of bed-and-breakfast lodging; flying saucer disciples; what to do in case of Rapture; Debbie Fuller, reluctant childhood angel; the ...

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Overview

David Clewell’s graceful, honest lines accumulate and remind us that poems can be as tangible, as substantial, as redemptive as those things the poet will not let go unspoken in the world. His compassionate witness is born out of immersion in doggedly bittersweet particulars: the cockeyed wisdom of 1950s science fiction movies; Do Not Disturb signs; vegetarian physics; the perils of bed-and-breakfast lodging; flying saucer disciples; what to do in case of Rapture; Debbie Fuller, reluctant childhood angel; the theory and practice of Spontaneous Human Combustion. His passionate transformation of that raw data into song—no matter how fragile or raucous—provides irrefutable testimony about the consequences of being nothing less than human, where “every day someone crawls out of his ocean of sleep / and takes those first tottering steps on the planet again, / he’s playing with real fire.” And with Clewell’s insistence on the unlikely grace in that condition, along with the generosity of his unabashed inclusiveness, his poetry is a powerful antidote to the bad medicine we‘re too often asked to swallow.
    This is a book of sustenance, of fresh assurances that come to us—ready or not—out of the blue of this spirited poet’s most engaging work yet.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“From the patient prose of ‘Lost in the Fire’ to such zany brevities as ‘Vegetarian Physics,’ David Clewell’s book ranges widely and omnivorously. His wit and energy seem inexhaustible, and he reminds us that the world is, too.”—Henry Taylor, Felix Pollak Prize Citation
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Winner of the inaugural Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry, awarded by the U. of Wisconsin English Department. Paper edition (14414-3), $10.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780299144142
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/1994
  • Series: Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry Series
  • Pages: 108
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.26 (d)

Meet the Author

David Clewell is the author of six poetry collections, including Blessings in Disguise, a winner in the National Poetry Series. Clewell teaches writing and literature at Webster University in St. Louis. He has been named Poet Laureate of Missouri.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
If the Wisdom Holds 3
Do Not Disturb 5
Holding On 8
America's Bed-and-Breakfasts 10
From the Other Side, Houdini Tries to Come Through for Bess 13
The Anatomy of Wishful Thinking 19
What Some People Won't Do 22
But Seriously 24
The Final Meeting of the Pessimists Club 27
She Dreamed She Was Writing a Love Poem 30
Lessons in Another Language 33
Vegetarian Physics 36
I Can't Believe the Face on Mars 37
A Starter Kit 43
A Royal Fairy Tale 45
What a Town, What a Woman, What a Time 46
All That Represents Him 48
Ladybug, Fly Away Home 51
Trying to Make Light of It 53
Billy and the Saints 54
His Side of the Story 57
Long Day at the Beach 59
Where There's Smoke 62
Why Certain Poets Have No Business at the Track 67
The Humming 69
Goodbye Note to Debbie Fuller: Pass It On 72
Carnival Heaven 75
In Case of Rapture 78
A Long Way from the Starlight 82
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