About the Author
Dorothy Barresi is professor of English at California State University, Northridge. She is the author of three previous poetry collections: All of the Above, winner of the Barnard College New Women Poets Prize; The Post-Rapture Diner, winner of the American Book Award; and Rouge Pulp.
Table of ContentsContents I: Security American Fanatics Lucky Nails Security The Backyard Small Casket Blue Distances, Northern California Dying Your Black Clothes Black Ephebiphobia Arriving Late at the Birthplace of Pentecostalism Litany with Garbage Keeper and Bones II: Hell A Series of Earnest Offers, for the Raising of a Man from the Dead Pocket Vampire Hell Linnet Street Something in the House Was Beeping Face Lift, One Aubade with Eggs Breaking My Gothic Tijuana Clinic It Is Good to Be amongst Catholics Again III: Responsibility A Shopper’s Prayer Diet Frosting Mollie Fancher, Marvelous Invalid, Lives without Food! New Trousseau Responsibility Don’t Leave Me This Way Summer Replacement: Pure Jesus, Early Morning Shift When I am sick of working If God Were a Wiseguy IV: A Selective History of Los Angeles, in Seven Turns Where Will You Spend Your Eternity? A Selective History of Los Angeles, in Seven Turns V: How's the World Treating You? Visiting Hour John Lennon’s Lips Spellbind Spirit Photograph Winter Nap, Late Afternoon Stereotype Motion Picture and Television Arts Home for the Aging, Woodland Hills, California The Last Poem How’s the World Treating You? Notes Acknowledgments