Placebo Junkies Conspiring with the Half Asleep

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Poetry. "These are poems of unyielding, good-of-heart sensibility, but always at the edge of where the world is hanging on. The words that tell these lives gather themselves at the far reaches of the experiences they reveal, and the speaker is often the unelected rudder in a world that otherwise could—and does—turn so easily upside down. 'Maybe love is just being very polite,' asserts the self-effacing narrator. These poems and this narrator quietly show that it is much more, but that we must indeed work at it ...
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Poetry. "These are poems of unyielding, good-of-heart sensibility, but always at the edge of where the world is hanging on. The words that tell these lives gather themselves at the far reaches of the experiences they reveal, and the speaker is often the unelected rudder in a world that otherwise could—and does—turn so easily upside down. 'Maybe love is just being very polite,' asserts the self-effacing narrator. These poems and this narrator quietly show that it is much more, but that we must indeed work at it heroically every moment. These poems help us to understand why."—Alberto Rios
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781937854218
  • Publisher: Black Lawrence Press
  • Publication date: 12/11/2012
  • Pages: 76
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author


Bruce Cohen was born in the Bronx, New York, and earned both a BA and MFA from the University of Arizona. He is the director of the counseling program for Intercollegiate Athletes at the University of Connecticut. His poems have appeared in various literary publications, including AGNI, The Georgia Review, Harvard Review, Indiana Review, The Ohio Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, Poetry East, Prairie Schooner, TriQuarterly, and Quarterly West. A recipient of an individual artist grant from the Connecticut Commission on the Culture and Tourism, he lives in Coventry, Connecticut, with his wife and three sons.
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Table of Contents

Section I

Winter Escape Artist 12

Unofficial Life 13

The Confidence Man's Preparation 16

Dead Telegram to a Dead Poet 17

Cooking With Deception 19

Bus Tokens 21

Brown Bagging It 22

Now Baby or Never 24

To a Girl Walking by a Construction Site Ignoring the Catcalls a Wolf-whistles 26

The World Haywire 28

Dumping on the Bartender at the Pussy Cat Lounge 30

Straddling the World in a Rented Car 31

Section II

French Semester 34

Convivial Pleasures 35

Art Therapy 37

Rage 39

Impressionism 41

The Good Ship Lollipop 42

A Rare Condition 43

The Room 45

Divine Wow 47

The Czar of Hartford 49

Slug Nation 50

Section III

Rediscovering Gravity 56

A Case in Point 57

City Tree 59

Implied Color 61

Conquering Your Acne 63

Double Check 65

Refrigerator Magnets 67

Anthropology 68

Club X.T.C. 70

Half-Life 71

Naive Realism 72

Re-Fresh 74

Rummaging 76

Acknowledgements

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