Desire Zoo: Poems

Desire Zoo: Poems

by Alison Luterman




Alison Luterman’s eye is on women, on children, in the streets and in the woods. Or at home alone in front of a desk. Her arms envelop love in whatever form it shows up: a cup of coffee from her husband, or the curve of a pregnant woman’s belly as she walks around the lake in flip-flops. Luterman’s poems are concerned with this and more. She is not abstract—she can’t stop telling stories. She doesn’t know how to refrain from making meaning out of scraps of beauty that she’s found. For Luterman, poetry is both a privilege and a job.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781882688470
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Publication date: 04/01/2014
Pages: 80
Sales rank: 718,638
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Alison Luterman has written two previous books of poetry, The Largest Possible Life (Cleveland State University Press) and See How We Almost Fly (Pearl Editions). Luterman also writes plays and personal essays. She has taught at The Writing Salon in Berkeley, the Esalen Institute, and the Omega Institute, as well as at high schools, juvenile halls, and poetry festivals.

Table of Contents

1 Man on Wire, Woman on Couch Screaming

Young Buck on Snake Road 11

Man On Wire, Woman On Couch, Screaming 13

Because These Failures Are My Job 15

Pausing Before Plunging In 16

Love Shack 17

Arrow 18

Because even the word obstacle 19

Say Yes to the Dress 20

Dust 22

What About God 23

Moon River 24

Rosy Road 25

Amber 27

Cashmere 28

Maria 30

Day of the Dead, Oakland, California 31

Citizens of a Broken City 32

Manifesto 33

2 Desire Zoo

Carried Along on Great Wheels 37

Anything Golden 38

Words for a Student 40

Pig at the Mexican Orphanage 41

As Close As You Are To Me Now 43

Watching the Giraffes 45

Marriage 47

Feeding the Feral Cats 50

unsolved 52

Fig Tree 53

Messed-Up Villanelle About Intimacy 54

After the Fight 55

Napa Wine Tasting 56

Peaches 57

White Lady of Once a Week 58

the book of last year's resolutions 60

Elusive 61

Domestic Violence 62

Language Acquisition 63

Breakfast. Winter. 1960. 64

The Boy, The World 65

Old Paint 66

Saving the Platoon 67

Home Dancing 68

3 Honey mouth

Stanley Clarke 71

When I sprawl in bed in the morning, 72

Honeymouth 73

What Could One Say to a Dead Person 75

Ecstasy 76

The Witnesses 77

Sunday Morning 79

Buffy St. Marie 80

Sex Work 81

Standing in Her Shoes 82

Late October 86

Blasphemy 87

Sustain 88

Acknowledgments 91

About the Author 95

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