The Floating Bridge: Prose Poems [NOOK Book]

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"Vanquishes once and for all the notion that the prose poem is somehow inherently 'not a real poem.' Exhibits a sustained level of innate lyricism and imagism rarely seen even in conventional lyric free verse. Unfailingly, the little prose jewels in 'The Floating Bridge' exhibit the most fundamental property of fine poems: each whole is many times greater than the sum of its parts."
--Cider Press Review

"Shumate's collection consists of over ...
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Overview

"Vanquishes once and for all the notion that the prose poem is somehow inherently 'not a real poem.' Exhibits a sustained level of innate lyricism and imagism rarely seen even in conventional lyric free verse. Unfailingly, the little prose jewels in 'The Floating Bridge' exhibit the most fundamental property of fine poems: each whole is many times greater than the sum of its parts."
--Cider Press Review

"Shumate's collection consists of over 50 gems...each one loaded with the living essence that hovers just beyond rationality's gate. [He] is a master of this forthright form. His book is a key to the room where dreams are stored."
--Nuvo

"I was deeply taken by David Shumate's The Floating Bridge. There is none better working now at this very difficult genre, the prose poem."
--Jim Harrison
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822990765
  • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
  • Publication date: 1/27/2008
  • Series: Pitt Poetry Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 88
  • File size: 239 KB

Meet the Author


David Shumate is the author of High Water Mark, winner of the 2003 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize. His work has appeared in Prairie Schooner, North American Review, Atlanta Review, Mississippi Review, and Mid-American Review, among other publications. Shumate is poet-in-residence at Marian College in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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Table of Contents

Far Villages

Mannequins 3

Kafka 4

The Next Village 5

Big Brother Loses His Virginity 6

Fresh Fish 7

Pulling a Rabbit Out of a Hat 8

Don Quixote 9

Metaphors 10

Translating a Poem 11

The Overwhelming Sadness of the Earth 12

Plum 13

Wisdom 14

The Orange Flags of Babylon

The Orange Flags of Babylon 17

Learning to Eat a Pomegranate 18

The Yellow Bird 19

Picasso 20

The Headless Saints 21

The Amateur Zen Master 22

Trapped Inside a Haiku Poem 23

The Island of Nirvana 24

Rain 5

The Dreams of Children 26

Trains 27

The Long Road 28

The Bible Belt

The Bible Belt 31

The Gods 32

The Ladders of Purgatory 33

Drawing Jesus 34

Jesus's IQ 35

Seduction 36

The Jewish Ghetto 37

Boarding the Bus to Gomorrah 38

Om 39

Zero 40

Halo 41

The House of Death 42

Paris

The Bedouins of Paris 45

Spring in Paris 46

Lucifer 47

The Kissing Institute 48

Pornography 49

French Foreign Legion 50

Gertrude Stein's Gardener 51

Dying Park 52

The Gates of Paris 53

An American in Paris 54

Paris, USA 55

The Floating Bridge

The Floating Bridge 59

Making a Forest 60

A Visit with Dali 61

North Wind 62

Children's Book Illustrations, circa 1890 63

Learning Italian Slowly 64

A Poem I Wrote Thirty Years Ago 65

Chinese Restaurant 66

Welcome Home, Children 67

The History of the Umbrella 68

While I Sleep 69

The Fish 70

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