In Lucky Bones, Peter Meinke moves fluidly through free and formal shapes, taking the reader on a tour through America in the 21st century: family, politics, love, war and peace, old age and death are looked at in ways that are surprising, clear, and warm-hearted. Lit by flashes of anger and laughter as he surveys his territory from the vantage point of old age, the poems are, in the end, both sane and profound, set to Meinke’s own music.
Consisting of over sixty new poems, the book begins with a house-shaped poem about a family in a beloved old home, and then moves out into the world with poems about a fire-bug, drive-by shootings, and the often violent human condition before circling back to the home and a final epitaph. A clear-eyed feeling of loss permeates Lucky Bones, but not despair: in the midst of conflict, Meinke’s world is full of wonder, and wonderful people.
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Table of ContentsContents Old Houses I. The Molecule of Life Drive-By Shootings The Firebug Cassandra in the Library Generalsis I (1–3) Habemus Papam Ars Longa, Vita Brevis Habeus Corpus Sic Transit Gloria Mundi Five Landays with a Latin Phrase Heartworld Patty’s Father D. E. A. T. H. The Family Megashelter Song, 1961 Grasshoppers of the World, Unite Election Day 2012 Ants, Ants The Storm A Fable: The Floss-Silk Tree and the Philodendron Mirror Lake The Lover Babylon Lucky Bones Floaters The Activist Front-Rhymed Easter Anti-Sonnet Poem on Your Birthday Father and Child The Devil’s Paintbrush The Molecule of Life II. Skipping Stones Emily Dickinson Thinks about Buying a Ribbon Belgian Truffles Juliet 2010 Unbearable Lightness Christmas Burning Winter in Detroit A Song Impossible to Sing Gangsters Mountain Man John Dove The Forest Life at the Bosnian Oyster Bar Sunday Brunch at Point Lookout Skydiving Old Backboards For Willie Mays The Chattaway On Completing My PhD Of Course Habit Trucking Watching Traveling Nodding Walking by the Dalí Museum Skipping Stones It Beats TV My Polish Cap Indian Legend The Campaign The Old Professor Charity Recital (Suite, 1936: A Trio) Hymn 2014 Lassing Park Epitaph Acknowledgments