Reading the Water

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Charles Harper Webb worked for 15 years as a professional rock singer and guitarist and is currently a licensed psychotherapist and English professor. His poems have appeared in such prestigious review publications as AMERICAN POETRY REVIEW, IOWA REVIEW, PARIS REVIEW, and others. Called quirky and a wise-acre, his withering wit is sure to be appreciated even by those who seldom read poetry. 96 pp.
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Overview

Charles Harper Webb worked for 15 years as a professional rock singer and guitarist and is currently a licensed psychotherapist and English professor. His poems have appeared in such prestigious review publications as AMERICAN POETRY REVIEW, IOWA REVIEW, PARIS REVIEW, and others. Called quirky and a wise-acre, his withering wit is sure to be appreciated even by those who seldom read poetry. 96 pp.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555533250
  • Publisher: Northeastern University Press
  • Publication date: 10/30/1997
  • Series: Samuel French Morse Poetry Prize Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.33 (d)

Table of Contents

The Mummy Meets Hot-Headed Naked Ice-Borers 3
Health 5
Perspective 6
Subatomic Particles 7
Flying Fish in the Jet Stream 9
The Death of Santa Claus 10
Prayer for the Man Who Mugged My Father, 72 11
You Missed the Earthquake, Bill 13
Spiders 15
Once Bitten 17
One Story 18
The Crane Boy 20
Girl at a Window 22
Marilyn's Machine 24
Fantasy Girl 25
Broken Toe 31
The Shape of History 33
In Praise of Pliny 34
True Prophets 36
Twenty Years Late to See The Rocky Horror Picture Show 38
My Muse 40
The Reasonable Man 42
In the War Zone 44
The Dead Run 46
Eating 47
Umbrellas 48
Optimism 49
Mastery 50
Holiday Inn 51
Buyer's Remorse 52
The Temptations of Pinocchio 53
Nature Poem 55
Evil Genius 56
Invocation to Allen as the Muse Euterpe 59
Peaches 62
Back Flip 64
Without Being a Wimp 65
Four-Wheeling 68
Behaviorists 70
Blind 72
How Lizzie Died 73
According to the Rule 74
Spirits 75
Heat Death 77
What the Poets Would Have Done for You 78
Reading the Water 80
Poem for the Future 82
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