by Chard deNiord


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Interstate is a collection of lyrical poems in four sections that concentrate thematically on animals, love and sex, compassion, and loss. A unifying elegiac conceit, even in the more ecstatic and humorous poems, betrays the bittersweet nature of the book's muse. Alternating between free and formal verse, the poems contain a lyrical tension in which their "broken music" evokes metaphysical paradoxes, romantic humor, and the "dark sounds" that effect what Garcia Lorca called "the power everyone feels" in the mystery of duende "but no philosopher can explain."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780822963899
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date: 09/18/2015
Series: Pitt Poetry Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Chard deNiord is the author of four previous poetry collections: The Double Truth, Night Mowing, Sharp Golden Thorn, and Asleep in the Fire. His poetry has appeared in The Pushcart Prize, The Best Poems from Thirty Years of the Pushcart Prize, The Best American Poetry, and in numerous journals. He is professor of English and creative writing at Providence College and cofounder of the New England College MFA program in poetry.

Table of Contents


I keep the Windows Open 3

Little Fucker 4

In the Grass 5

Small Black Eye 6

At the Sap Wells 7

Halfway Down 8

Prodigal Time 9

By the Sweet of My Face 10

Confession of a Bird Watcher 12

Anthem 13

Serpent, Witness, Cinematographer 14

Grouse 17

The Geese 18

The Bat in the Stove 19

Starlings 20


Anchorite in Autumn 23

The Sweet Invisible Smoke 24

Dress Poker 25

Transfiguration 27

My Heart on Your Ass in the Glass 28

North of the Range 29

The Muse Writes Luis Jorge Borges a Letter on His 86th Birthday 30

My Other Body 32

The Star of Interstate 33


Getting Ruth Up 37

The Pain 38

Happy Hour 40

In the Presence of My Enemy 42

Augustine's Pears 43

For All the Love and Devotion 44

Macanudo 45

At the Putney Co-Op, an Opera 46

Rescue 48

Pool 49

Poem on My 60th Birthday 51

The Music 53


The Hand, the Bird 57

Dumuzi Bids Inanna Good-Bye 58

Smooth Dark Stone 59

Oh, Besotted, Critical Father 60

At the Bardo Barber 61

The Gift 62

At the River View Café 63

Dirge 64

Riddle 65

Under the Open 66

World's Wild Fire 67

Cloud Copy 68

Under the Sun 69

The Pages 70

Enkidu's Dream 71

Head of the Meadow 72

The Singer 73

The Valley 74

Grouse Call 76

The Mystical Body 77

Chains 78

Notes 79

Acknowledgments 81

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