Brooklyn Antediluvian

Brooklyn Antediluvian

by Patrick Rosal


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Winner of the 2017 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize

Patrick Rosal’s brilliant fourth collection of poems is ignited by the frictions of our American moment. In the face of relentless violence and deepening racial division, Rosal responds with his own brand of bare-knuckled beauty.

Rosal finds trouble he isn’t asking for in his unforgettable new poems, whether in New York City, Austin, Texas, or the colonized Philippines of his ancestors. But trouble is everywhere, and Rosal, acclaimed author of My American Kundiman, responds in kind, pulling no punches in his most visceral, physical collection to date. “My hand’s quick trip from my hip to your chin, across / your face, is not the first free lesson I’ve given,” Rosal writes, and it’s true—this new book is full of lessons, hard-earned, from a poet who nonetheless finds beauty in the face of violence. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780892554744
Publisher: Persea Books
Publication date: 05/03/2016
Pages: 80
Sales rank: 710,242
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Patrick Rosal is the author of four full-length poetry collections. His most recent, Boneshepherds, was named a small press highlight by the National Book Critics Circle and a notable book by the Academy of American Poets. He teaches at Rutgers–Camden and lives in Philadelphia.

Table of Contents

Despedida: Brooklyn to Philly 1

Typhoon Poem 3

At the Tribunals 5

A Scavenger's Ode to the Turntable (Or a Note To Thomas Alva Edison) 7

Brokeheart: Just Like That 9

Uptown Ode That Ends On an Ode to the Machete 11

Ode to the Cee-Lo Players 13

Ode to Not Having Enough Kids to Play a Game of Baseball 15

The Halo Halo Men: An Anthem 16

Violets 21

Lone Star Kundiman (For the Guy Who Seized My Arm After I Accidentally Cut the Line for the Toilet in Austin) 22

Wish 25

Kundiman: Hung Justice 27

Fable of the Short Song 29

Instance of an Island 31

The King Won't Kill Ale 34

Evidence: Box 1A, Item 1 36

A Field at Night-With Boys 38

Ten Years After My Mom Dies I Dance 40

Children Walk on Chairs to Cross a Flooded Schoolyard 42

Ode to Eating a Pomegranate in Brooklyn 44

Despedida: Quezon City 45

You Cannot Go to the God You Love With Your Two Legs 48

Brooklyn Antediluvian 51

Acknowledgments 67

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