“These are enormously arresting, odd, wryly humorous, gripping poems. And the variety of subject matter is astounding. I don’t know when I’ve enjoyed reading a book so much.”—David Budbill
About the Author
David Shumate is the author of The Floating Bridge and High Water Mark, winner of the 2003 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize. His poetry has appeared widely in literary journals and has been anthologized in Good Poems for Hard Times, The Best American Poetry and The Writer's Almanac. Shumate is poet-in-residence at Marian University and lives in Zionsville, Indiana.
Table of ContentsContents My Desk Sets Sail The Art of the Moors Chagall's Blue Horse Curry Mangos Octopus Stuck Between My Teeth Lincoln Chumming Around with Hemingway The Many Offspring of Genghis Khan Kimonos in the Closet Talking to the Woman in the Yellow Kimono Rainfall Waking Up as a Buddhist My Buddhist Lessons Shakespeare in the Morning Talking Animals Bringing Things Back from the Woods Animal Souls The Immigrant's First Day at School The Races of Man The Old Teacher Troy The Man Who Made the Minotaur Up Those Days in Eden If You Hire a Poet to Draw a Map Route 66 In the Company of Bedouins A Thousand Steeples The Kind of Sleep You Can Only Get in Church Upon Learning Disturbing Facts Concerning the Last Supper An Acre Amish Rural Aria Broom Hummingbirds The Meek The Lost Arts Rain Dance Republic of Umbrellas Taking the Psychological Test When a Fool Reaches Maturity A Good Idea Hieronymus Bosch's 'Garden of Earthly Delights' The Landscape Paintings of Cheap Motels In the Abstract The Acres of the Moon An Inventory of Moons How to Speak to the Senile Between Dogs The Tang Dynasty Moving Away from Home Surgery The Executioner After My Beheading All the Dead Getting Outfitted for a Casket Widow The Soldier's Hundredth Birthday Cake The Last Nazi A Hundred Years from Now Acknowledgments