I Must Be Living Twice: New and Selected Poems

I Must Be Living Twice: New and Selected Poems

by Eileen Myles

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Overview

A collection of thrilling verse, including both new poems and beloved favorites, from the celebrated poet, modern cult icon, and author of Chelsea Girls.

Eileen Myles’ work is known for its blend of reality and fiction, the sublime and the ephemeral. Her work opens readers to astonishing new considerations of familiar places, like the East Village in her iconic Chelsea Girls, and invites them into lush—and sometimes horrid—dream worlds, imbuing the landscapes of her writing with the vividness and energy of fantasy.

I Must Be Living Twice brings together selections from the poet’s previous work with a set of bold new poems that reflect her sardonic, unapologetic, and fiercely intellectual literary voice. Steeped in the culture of New York City, Myles’ milieu, I Must Be Living Twice is a prism refracting a radical world and a compelling life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062389091
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/13/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 427,084
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Eileen Myles is the author of more than twenty books, including Afterglow (a dog memoir), Inferno (a poet’s novel), Chelsea Girls, and Cool For You. Myles’s many honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, four Lambda Literary Awards, the Clark Prize for Excellence in Arts Writing, as well as grants from Creative Capital (nonfiction) and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts (poetry), and the Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers grant.

Table of Contents

New Poems

What Tree Am I Waiting 3

Summer 5

Prophesy 6

London Exchange 7

My Devil 10

Memory 13

That Rat's Death 14

The Irony of the Leash (1978)

Homebody 23

An Attitude About Poetry 24

Evening 25

Subscription 26

The Irony of the Leash 27

A Fresh Young Voice from the Plains (1981)

The Honey Bear 35

Along the Strand 36

Greece 40

Skuppy the Sailor Dog 41

Medium poem 42

Welsh Poetry 43

My Cheap Lifestyle 44

On the Death of Robert Lowell 45

Texas 46

Sappho's Boat (1982)

Joan 49

"Romantic Pain" 51

La Vita Nuova 56

Exploding the Spring Mystique 58

My Rampant Muse, for Her 61

Whax 'n Wayne 62

Yellow Tulips 67

New York Tulips 68

Lorna & Vicki 69

Not Me (1991)

A Poem 75

Edward the Confessor 78

Holes 82

April Noon 85

The Sadness of Leaving 86

Hot Night 89

And Then The Weather Arrives 97

November 99

New England Wind 101

Mad Pepper 102

The Sad Part Is 106

Triangles of Power 107

Peanut Butter 109

The Real Drive 113

Autumn in New York 117

Mai Maison 118

An American Poem 134

Maxfield Parrish (1995)

Maxfield Parrish 141

Bleeding Hearts 145

Sleepless 147

"I always put my pussy …" 150

SHHH 152

The Mirror Is My Mother 153

En Garde 155

PV 159

Looking Out, a Sailor 162

A Debate With A Glove 169

Late March 172

You 174

"No Poems" 176

Life 180

The Poet 183

School of Fish (1997)

School of Fish 187

Road Warrior 189

Last Supper 190

Merk 193

Porn Poems 198

Just God 199

Mr. Twenty 201

Aurora 205

Woo 207

Rotting Symbols 208

Sullivan's Brain 211

My War Is Love 215

Waterfall 218

Tonight 219

Story 221

No No 222

Skies (2001)

"Jonathan's …" 225

"The whole mess …" 227

My Wife Is Shopping 230

"Twenty years ago …" 232

Writing 234

"My mind's …" 236

The Center 237

Milk 240

And 242

Snakes 243

Infinity Mini 246

Mt. St. Helens 250

"I don't know …" 252

My Hat 253

Weather 255

Sympathy 256

Bone 258

The Guest 260

On My Way (2001)

Harmonica 271

Scribner's 273

Sorry, Tree (2007)

No Rewriting 279

For Jordana 285

Each Defeat 287

Unnamed New York 289

April 5 291

That Country 293

I'm moved 296

San Diego Poem 298

Cigarette girl 299

To Hell 301

Snowflake / Different Streets (2012)

Transitions 307

Snowflake 311

D.H. 314

Choke 315

Caesarean Toothbrush 317

"The cat is in …" 319

Your Name 320

Mitten 322

Hi 324

The Weather 326

Smile 329

The Perfect Faceless Fish 330

My Box 336

Epilogue

Anonymous 341

Twice (essay) 343

Acknowledgments 355

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