by Kevin Prufer


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Churches by Kevin Prufer

Churches explores the way our experience of the world is shaped through the stories we tell about ourselves. These poems braid multiple narratives that often take place in different times, or are seen through the eyes of various speakers. Here Prufer explores the interior and subjective nature of time as he engages with mortality, both as a cultural construct and a deeply personal, unarticulatable anxiety: “In this filtered light, / my brain is a nimbler thing, and strange. It loves / the slow derangements distance brings.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781935536437
Publisher: Four Way Books
Publication date: 03/04/2014
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 1,280,170
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

KEVIN PRUFER is the award-winning author of 5 previous poetry collections. Recipient of fellowships from the NEA and Lannan Foundation, he teaches at the University of Houston.

Table of Contents


Potential Energy Is Stored Energy 3

Love Poem 7

From Inside the Avalanche 10

Poetry 12

Paper Cup 14

El Paso 18

Alligators 21

Where Have You Gone? 23

Churches 30

Matchsticks 36

Inside the Body 41

Sunday Afternoon in the Park 46

Immortality Lecture 47


I Am Knocking at Your Window 51

Show Us 55

A Giant Bird 58

Pacification 63

Orchard 64

Cleveland, Ohio 66

A Story About Dying 69

An Angel 72

Love Poem 74

Auto Wreck 76

Strange Lullaby 81

The Idea of the Thing and Not the Thing Itself 82

Not Near Enough 86

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“Kevin Prufer is one of the most vital poets of his generation, saying important things about our culture in fearless, eloquent ways.”

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