Even Then: Poems

Even Then: Poems

by Michael Wurster


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A new collection of poetry from a founding member of the Pittsburgh Poetry Exchange.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780822965817
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date: 05/07/2019
Series: Pitt Poetry Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 84
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Michael Wurster is the author of numerous poetry books and is a founding member of Pittsburgh Poetry Exchange. For 17 years, he taught at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts School. He is co-editor, with Judith R. Robinson, of the anthology, Along These Rivers: Poetry & Photography from Pittsburgh (Quadrant Press, 2008), and The Brentwood Anthology (Lummox Press, 2014). In 1996, Wurster was an inaugural recipient of a Pittsburgh Magazine Harry Schwalb Excellence in the Arts Award for his contributions to poetry and the community.

Read an Excerpt

Mannequins From Space
for George Romero
They are like human ghosts
walking the road at night,
the moon’s light reflecting
off their naked plastic skin.
During the day
they will not sweat,
they will enter McDonald’s
and take what they want,
the styrofoam containers.
They have no interest
in human flesh.
When they reach the mall
they will reproduce
in dressing rooms
and in closets.

Table of Contents

Jul Awake 3

In a Gray Coat 4

Love Is a Gypsy 5

Luna 6

The War 7

Mannequins from Space 9

The Windmill 10

The Hat 11

Poetry, Song 12

Early Morning, Looking Out 13

Western Passage 14

One for Benny 15

Endurance 16

Last Night 17

Good Cowboys 18

Instructions for My Memorial Reading 19

Tattoo 20

The Dead 21

Vagrancy 22

Marva's Song 23

Silver Screen 24

Bichon Frise 25

Breton Barefoot 26

The Trees, The Fires 27

The Chase 28

The Yellowjackets 29

Country of Ghosts 30

Off the Bone Road 31

The Birds Turn 32

The Graveyard of the Sharks 33

Remarkable Cats of Roberts Road 34

About Family 35

Red Cross 36

His Young Days 37

The History of Justice 38

Return to a Place Lit by Charles Simic 39

Song 40

How to Seduce a Communist Woman 41

Early Television Icons Are Dying 42

A Blue Secret 43

John Deere 44

Men Here 45

Dream 46

Writing Exercise 47

Red Watering Can 48

Two by Two by Two 49

Arctostaphylos knightii, The First Sighting 50

I Read a Lot 51

The Best Country in the World 52

The Yew Trees 53

Horses 54

The Lost Poem 55

Ball 56

Insect Gods 57

Eating Color 58

Soviet Socialist Love Tokens 59

James Dickey 60

Lum De Day 61

Squirrel 62

Map 63

Thirty Seconds 64

Atoms 65

Poets 66

Return Home 67

That's Jack! 68

Looking at Third 69

Delta 70

Into the Closet 71

Outpost 72

Imagination 73

In Suzanne's House 74

The Hotel Earle 75

Even Then 76

Note 77

Acknowledgments 79

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