Pitch: Poems

Pitch: Poems

by Todd Boss


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With poems about loss, home, marriage, and the inner music of our lives, Pitch is a series of variations on an overturned piano. By turns bright and dark like the keys on a keyboard, these poems demonstrate the range of one of contemporary poetry’s most musical poets, a master of internal rhyme.

from “Overtures on an Overturned Piano”
. . . our hi-beams played across the gleaming bed of snowdrifted bramble where it lay,
moaning chaotically . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393081039
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 02/06/2012
Pages: 112
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Todd Boss, director of external affairs at the Playwrights' Center in Minneapolis, lives in St. Paul, Minnesota. His book Yellowrocket won the 2009 Midwest Booksellers’ Choice Award for Poetry.

Table of Contents


It Is Enough to Enter 17

The God of Our Farm Had Blades 18

Broke 19

Were I to Wring a Rag 21

Apple Slices 22

Overtures on an Overturned Piano 24

i 24

ii 27

iii Fine 29

iv Pitch 30


The Ending Is in the Beginning 35

To Wait 37

Blind 41

The World Is in Pencil 42

Does a Dog's, Like a Bird's, Brain 43

Call as You Will 44


Joke 47

Amidwives: Two Portraits 48

i A Wife Will Wean 48

ii A Mother Will Woo 49

Third 50

Marble Tumble Toys 51

Feast 58

My Love for You Is So Embarrassingly 60


Your Dad Never Did, in the End, 63

All Summer That Summer the Saturday Daylight 64

Should Leash Laws 65

Three Funeral Songs 66

i A Stock Homily 66

ii Cairn 67

iii Amen 68

Luckenbach 69

It Isn't All Fiddles 72


My Dog Has No Nose 77

Don't Be Flip 78

Plainsong for a Man I Knew 80

A Woman Sat Down at a Broken 81

Lordship 82

And Then One Day in a Department Store 83

VI Six Fragments for the 35W Bridge

1 87

2 89

3 91

4 93

5 95

6 97


The Sky I Die By Will Be Grey 101

Despair Brings the Dog 102

Instrument 103

This Morning in a Morning Voice 105

A Waltz for the Lovelorn 106

Today It Seemed I Had Nothing to Say 107

Notes 109

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