by Aaron Shurin




Poetry. LGBT Studies. "A book of thresholds, middles, unfinished episodes, Shurin's latest presents a set of rigorous and exacting deliriums. First- and third-person narrators are interspliced and then abandoned to purely visceral description of muscles, contours, even applause. The diction switches from archaic to pulpy noir to adult contemporary. Yet these 48 prose poems have an immediacy that holds them together perfectly.... Readers of Jorie Graham, Michael Palmer and other edgy, glossy elegists will find Shurin's modes familiar but his voice unique."—Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781584980087
Publisher: Talisman House, Publishers
Publication date: 01/01/2000
Pages: 95
Product dimensions: 5.53(w) x 8.46(h) x 0.26(d)

About the Author

Aaron Shurin is an American poet, essayist, and educator. Since 1999, he has co-directed the Master of Fine Arts in Writing Program at the University of San Francisco. Aaron Shurin received his M.A. in Poetics from New College of California, where he studied under poet Robert Duncan. He is a recipient of California Arts Council Literary Fellowships in poetry (1989, 2002), and a NEA fellowship in creative nonfiction (1995). Shurin is the former Associate Director of the Poetry Center & American Poetry Archives at San Francisco State University. He is the author of over ten books, including A'S DREAM (O Books, 1999), NARRATIVITY (Sun & Moon Press, 1990), Unbound: A Book of AIDS (Sun & Moon Press, 1997), THE PARADISE OF FORMS: SELECTED POEMS (Talisman House, Publishers, 1999), A DOOR (Talisman House, Publishers, 2000), INVOLUNTARY LYRICS (Omnidawn Publishing, 2005), KING OF SHADOWS (City Lights Publishers, 2008) and CITIZEN (City Lights Publishers, 2011).

Table of Contents

The Self5
There Among9
Ninth Life10
Absolute Monarch14
As She15
Spring Nude17
Fin de Siecle21
Her Own23
Overlooking the Sea Next to Mine30
An Adolescence32
A Door34
The Last Head I Painted46
The Night Mixing48
The Bride of Frank49
Medium Green51
Chances (I)53
Chances (II)55
Chances (III)56
Smoke Signals57
Slim Ceremony58
Tell Me60
"In a Little Stream of Ascending Air"61
Pele's Smile62
To John63
To John64
To John65
To John66
To John67
Man of the House68
Red Geraniums70
Little Madrigal72
No Place Like Noon74
Subliminal Sweat75
High Heels78
One More Step81
Human Immune82
American Things88
The Wanderer's Necklace91

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