All Sins Forgiven: Poems for My Parents

All Sins Forgiven: Poems for My Parents

by Charles Coe


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781935248385
Publisher: Leapfrog Press
Publication date: 04/02/2013
Pages: 84
Sales rank: 963,326
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.20(d)

About the Author

Charles Coe is the author of the poetry collection Picnic on the Moon. His poetry and prose have appeared in numerous newspapers and literary reviews and magazines, and his poems have been set to music by composers Julia Carey, Beth Denisch and Robert Moran. Charles also writes feature articles, book reviews and interviews for publications such as Harvard Magazine, Northeastern University Law Review and the Boston Phoenix. In addition to his work as a writer, Charles has an extensive background as a jazz vocalist and has performed and recorded with numerous musicians in the Boston area and throughout New England.

Table of Contents

Prologue 15

DNA 17

Part 1 19

Opening Acts 21

Evidence 23

A Meeting of Minds 24

A Symphony of Crickets 25

How My Father Learned to Cook 26

Five Haiku for My Father's Pot Roast 28

Day Labor 29

Steel 30

Sleep Cycles 31

Domesticity 32

Riverside Park 33

Joan of Arc 35

No Return Policy 36

Comic Relief 37

Please Check the Oil 38

Fort Bliss; El Paso, Texas; August, 1951 39

Fortress 40

Marksmanship 41

My Mother Cut My Hair 42

Part 2

My Parents Never Saw the Ocean 45

A Change of Menu 46

St. Christopher 48

Colossus 49

Second Mortgage 51

End Game 52

For the Young Surgeon Who Told My Mother She Needed a Triple Bypass 53

Open Water 54

The Art of Conversation 55

Doppler Effect 57

Speaking in Tongues 58

Fade 59

Part 3 61

Requiem for Edith 63

The Things I Kept (One) 65

This Little Grey House 66

Taking Down the Tree 67

Teaching My Imaginary Son to Fish 68

What He Left Behind 69

The Things I Kept (Two) 70

I am learning that absence 71

The Things I Kept (Three) 72

The Geology of Grief 73

Dream 74

The Things I Kept (Four) 75

A Poem for Happy Endings 76

Passage 77

All Sins Forgiven 78

Postscript 79

Christmas Night, 1957 81

The Author 83

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