After the Fall refers to the twin towers, and is Field’s ode to the events that transpired thereafter--the war in Iraq andthe attack on civil rights in America--as well as his own personal struggles over the indignities of aging.
About the Author
Edward Field is the author of more than ten books of poetry, including Counting Myself Lucky and A Frieze for a Temple of Love, and a memoir, The Man Who Would Marry Susan Sontag, and Other Intimate Literary Portraits of the Bohemian Era. He is also coauthor of three fiction books (written with Neil Derrick, published under the pseudonym of Bruce Elliot). He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the W. H. Auden Award, the Bill Whitehead Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Lambda Literary Award.
Table of ContentsContents New Poems What Poetry Is For Credo Homeland Security Letter on the Brink of War Good-bye to Berlin My Favorite President In Memory of My Foreskin Holding Up the Universe Oedipus Schmoedipus If This Be Jews Too Late Mission Accomplished What Poetry Is For Judgment at Nuremberg Dead Man Walking Dead Man Walking In Praise of My Prostate When It Struck Him Taking My Breath Away Mrs. Wallace Stevens Prospero, in Retirement After the Fall After the Fall Selected Poems from Stand Up, Friend, With Me (1963) Hydra Donkeys Prologue A Journey A Bill to My Father The Telephone The Statue of Liberty Sonny Hugg and the Porcupine Graffiti Unwanted The Sleeper At the Coney Island Aquarium: An Ode for Ookie, the Older Walrus Child or The Sibling Rival The Charmed Pool Ode to Fidel Castro from Variety Photoplays (1967) Curse of the Cat Woman Frankenstein The Bride of Frankenstein Sweet Gwendolyn and the Countess Whatever Happened to May Caspar? A Narration for an Animated Cartoon Nancy The Life of Joan Crawford World War II Giant Pacific Octopus Tailspin from A Full Heart (1973) New York Being Jewish The Lost, Dancing David’s Dream Sharks from Stars in My Eyes (1978) Mae West Comeback from New and Selected Poems, from the Book of My Life (1987) Triad Oh, Brother! From Poland Narcissus Poems on a Theme Afghanistan To Love from Counting Myself Lucky, Poems 1963–1992 (1992) The Winners and the Losers Waiting for the Communists Blinks Dietrich Hear, O Israel Trop Tard Pour Paris The Last Bohemians World Traveler Rule of the Desert Sex Among the Savages Callas The Guide Garbo from A Frieze for a Temple of Love, Poems 1993–1997 (1998) Colombian Gold My Sister, the Queen Magic Words Colossus St. Petersburg, 1918 The Bukowski Option from “A Man and His Penis” from “My Life as a Dog” Sorry, I Never Slept with Allen Ginsberg Acknowledgments