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."
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Table of ContentsContents Part I I Keep the Windows Open Little Fucker In the Grass Small Black Eye At the Sap Wells Halfway Down Prodigal Time By the Sweat of My Face Confession of a Bird Watcher Anthem Serpent, Witness, Cinematographer Grouse The Geese The Bat in the Stove Starlings Part II Anchorite in Autumn The Sweet Invisible Smoke Dress Poker Transfiguration My Heart on Your Ass in the Glass North of the Range The Muse Writes Luis Jorge Borges a Letter on His 86th Birthday My Other Body The Star of Interstate Part III Getting Ruth Up The Pain Happy Hour In the Presence of My Enemy Augustine’s Pears For All the Love and Devotion Macanudo At the Putney Co-Op, an Opera Rescue Pool Poem on My 60th Birthday The Music Part IV The Hand, the Bird Dumuzi Bids Inanna Good-Bye Smooth Dark Stone Oh, Besotted, Critical Father At the Bardo Barber The Gift At the River View Café Dirge Riddle Under the Open World’s Wild Fire Cloud Copy Under the Sun The Pages Enkidu’s Dream Head of the Meadow The Singer The Valley Grouse Call The Mystical Body Chains Notes Acknowledgments