Blue on Blue Ground

Blue on Blue Ground

by Aaron Smith

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ISBN-13: 9780822990918
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date: 09/09/2005
Series: Pitt Poetry Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 104
File size: 779 KB

About the Author

Aaron Smith is the author of What's Required, winner of the 2003 Frank O'Hara Award Chapbook Contest.  His work has appeared in many publications including:  Bloom, 5 AM, Pleiades, Prairie Schooner, Puerto del Sol, and Poetry After 9/11: An Anthology of New York Poets.  He lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Contents Part I Keep Him There Working Out with the Boys Dr. Engel Buys the Jesus-on-a-Spring Action Figure Notes Composed in a Heat Wave Secrets of an Identity Thief Wreckage Confrontation Psalm: West Virginia How Easily He Moves Dr. Engel Survives the Blackout in New York City Rain in Pittsburgh Jockstrap Her Bright Face at the Places of Our Leaving Boston Dr. Engel Writes a Love Letter Part II The Signs of Choking Taking Off from the Airport / Cleveland, Ohio Dr. Engel Goes to the Nudist Colony Brad Pitt Boston Cher Uncensored Silent Room Prayer for a Doctor New Zealand Hand Model Stuart Poses with Kiwifruit and Has a Foot Fetish (notes from an interview) Valedictory Frank O’Hara The Story of Your Leaving Music History Story Then Dr. Engel Studies John Currin’s Paintings The Last Small Thing Late Ars Poetica Part III Dark, Awful Man Dr. Engel Interprets Rothko’s Blue, Green, Blue on Blue Ground Dear Matt Damon The Trick Explanation Snow Things I Could Never Tell My Mother Sightings Poem for the End of Summer Dr. Engel Passes a Generically Attractive Couple What’s Required After Coming Out to My Sister After-School Special Dr. Engel Teaches the Poet How to Swim Learning the Body Notes Composed on a Sidewalk Notes Acknowledgments

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D. A. Powell

Wickedly funny, brash and beautiful, Aaron Smith's poems reinvigorate the poetic landscape. Here's a book that will make your heart jump as it unzips and reveals the crispest imagery and the bluest language; a book that will leave bite marks on the inner thigh of literature.


'How quickly I am made strange,' says the daughter of a dying man seen accidentally by a stranger walking by the hospital window and stopping to watch; and reading these often beautiful poems, how quickly we are made strange, alive to ourselves.

Edward Field

How entertaining to read this poet's litany of doubts and anxieties! It's awesome how he peels off his skin-he flinches plenty, but operates on himself heroically. . . .You emerge from these poems feeling cleansed. Aaron Smith convinces us, powerfully, that this is what poetry is for.

Robert Creeley

Aaron Smith has a remarkable gift as a poet, just that what he writes finds form as simply and as clearly as someone's saying hello. . . I would call him a natural if I did not know how consciously he takes hold in his art. . . . Aaron Smith speaks with a rare grace, truly.

Denise Duhamel

Aaron Smith's Blue on Blue Ground is a sensuous poetry, a poetry about the complexities of both the psyche and the body. . . . Matt Damon, Cher, Brad Pitt, and even Jesus (as action figure and subject of a kitschy Web site) weave into a 'real' life, a life underneath a flashy and comic surface, a life without artifice.

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