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This prized collection of Russell Edson’s prose poems, featuring his own favorites from seven prior collections, constitutes some of the most original American art of this century. This is the book of choice for both new and committed fans of this imaginative poet.

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Overview

This prized collection of Russell Edson’s prose poems, featuring his own favorites from seven prior collections, constitutes some of the most original American art of this century. This is the book of choice for both new and committed fans of this imaginative poet.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780932440655
  • Publisher: Oberlin College Press
  • Publication date: 11/5/1994
  • Series: FIELD Poetry Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 803,400
  • Product dimensions: 8.08 (w) x 8.16 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Table of Contents

FROM THE VERY THING THAT HAPPENS (1964)
Clouds
A Chair
How a Cow Comes to Live With Long Eared Ones
Father Father, What Have You Done?
Of the Snake and the Horse
A Machine
Waiting for the Signal Man
The Fetcher of Wood
Dinner Time
A Red Mustache
Appearance
A Man Who Writes
Love
The Definition
A Stone Is Nobody’s
Fire Is Not a Nice Guest
Little Dead Man
A Child Walking Out of a Cow’s Behind
Rat
In the Time of Commerce
Paying the Captain
Dark Friends
FROM WHAT A MAN CAN SEE (1969)
What a Man Can See
The Road
There Was
Memory and the Sun
It
The Man Rock
Mr Is
Mr Brain
A Man With a Tree on His Head
Mrs Reach Reached Into the Air
The Lover
Dream Man
A Person
The Fall
Signs
To Be of Some Use
Through the Woods
Father and Son Travelling
One Two Three, One Two Three
FROM THE CLAM THEATER (1973)
The Agent
The Ancestral Mousetrap
The Ant Farm
Ape and Coffee
The Blank Book
The Case
The Changeling
The Clam Theater
The Death of Dentistry
The Difficulty With a Tree
The Dog’s Music
The Epic
The Family Monkey
The Floor
Killing the Ape
The Kingdom
A Love Letter
The Mental Desert
Movements
Oh My God, I’ll Never Get Home
The Press of Night
The Turkey Happening
Vomit
When Science is in the Country
FROM THE CHILDHOOD OF AN EQUESTRIAN (1973)
The Automobile the Childhood of an Equestrian
The Exile
In All the Days of My childhood
Metals Metals the Pattern
The Death of an Angel
The Delicate Matter
The Description
A Journey Through the Moonlight
The Keeping of the Dead
Old Folks
The Smell of Hay and Stars
Through Dream and Suppertime
Ape
The Father of Toads
The Ox
A Performance at Hog Theater
Toward the Writing
Antimatter
Conjugal
The Dainty one
The Further Adventures of Martha George
The Toy-Maker
FROM THE INTUITIVE JOURNEY (1976)
The Terrible Angel
How Things Are Turning Out
Counting Sheep the Abyss
The Feet of the Fat Man
The Neighborhood Dog
The Howling
Mr. & Mrs. Duck Dinner
The Hemorrhoid Epidemic the Gentlemen in the Meadow the Marionettes of Distant Masters
The Dog
The Old Woman’s Breakfast
The Pilot
Grass
Hands
Dr. Nigel Bruce Watson Counting
The Dog’s Dinner
The Canoeing
The Overlap of Worlds
In the Forest
The Lighted Window
Bringing a Dead Man Back into Life
The Mountain Climber
The Song of Dr. Brilliantine
The Intuitive Journey
The Incredible Accident
FROM THE REASON WHY THE CLOSE-MAN IS NEVER SAD (1977)
All Those Small But Shapely things
The Autopsy
The Bridge
The Ceremony
The Cliff
The Closet
The Coincidental Association
The Cottage in the Wood
The Damaged Ape
Erasing Amyloo
The Fight in the Meadow
An Historical Breakfast
Journey for an Old Fellow
The Large Thing
The Lounge Picnic
The Lonely Traveler
Making a Movie
An Old Man’s High Note
Oyster Stuffing
The Parental Decision
The Reason Why the Closet-Man Is Never Sad
The Taxi
The Tearing and Merging of Clouds...
Through the Darkness of Sleep
The Unscreamed Scream
FROM THE WOUNDED BREAKFAST (1985)
How Things Will Be
The Way Things Are
The Sculptor
You
The Love Affair
The Matter
Sheep
The Wounded Breakfast
The Doorway Trap
My Head
A Zoography
Of This World
The Paddlers’ Song
Charity
The Human Condition
The Father Who Bowed
Darwin Descending
On the Eating of Mice
The Head Bumping in the Dark
The Rat’s Legs
The Dark Side of the Moon
Good Son Jim
How It All Gets Kind of Fluttery
The Philosophers
Pigeons
The Rat’s Tight Schedule
With Sincerest Regrets
The Thickening
The Tunnel
The Wheelbarrow

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    Posted August 23, 2000

    Don't Operate Heavy Machinery or Drive

    As a child I would imagine how the living room furniture behaved whenever my family left the house. I could picture the bathtub overflowing and the mop coming out of the closet saying, 'Can't I have a moment's rest?' What color is Edson's sky? In his world, you go upstairs to see that your father has become an ox; you can't cook the ape hand for dinner because the fingers won't stop moving; and you can't get home because you've melted into the street. Welcome to the absurd. Come on in, the water's warm.

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