WINNER OF THE 2007 DONALD HALL PRIZE IN POETRY
Selected by Bob Hicok
Burn and Dodge is part serious/part serious play and opens with a frank and occasionally antic exploration of contemporary vices, such as Guilt, Envy, and Regret. Some poems “dodge” such preoccupations by playing with a nonce form called sonnet/ghazal. The collection contains a sequence of poems called “Current Events,” based on newspaper stories. that is also a playful meditation on the nature of the interrogative pronouns (Who, What, Where, When . . . ) as well as another series of homophonic sonnets called “Clare-Hewn,” which are aural “translations” of John Clare.
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Table of ContentsContents I To Guilt The Want Room Regret They Shame Grudge Wanting Two: A Sonnet/Ghazal Entreaty to Indecision To the Family of the Man We Ate 130 Years Ago Envy Speaks The Truth of Poetry II Current Events III Ode to Turbulence Ode to Mrs. Meunier, Captain of the Guard, P.S. 119 Brooklyn Ghazal without the Man Barbarous Thing O Indigo The Poem for Envy I Cannot Write Sonnet/Ghazal to Sleep At the Reception, 1963 Ode to Ginger On Not Being Lynn Emanuel Ode to Fernando Pessoa Your Only Music: Sonnet/Ghazal Starting with a Line from Keats Tai Chi in Fog IV Clare-Hewn V Cullet Cloakroom Wit A Pact with Ezra Pound Passing Slatch Jealousy Forms of Address Envy Ghazaled I Have Door Litotes Uncentered @ the Cathedral Rose Garden Hot Springs Cinquains Object Memory VI Riding Out a Monday Afternoon Funk I Read Charles Wright and Tu Fu Over a Cup of Green Tea Letter to 700-Year-Old Invidia in the Scrovegni Chapel to Be Folded in the Shape of a Snake Swallowing Its Tail Burn and Dodge: A Sonnet/Ghazal Cursed Anger Sing On the Death of Someone Reviled (Schadenfreude) Pandora and the Summer Au Pair Lick-Over The Unwritten Poem Obsesspool Impatience Scolding Sin-O-Mints Either / Or Notes Acknowledgments