Sad Little Breathing Machine: Poems

Sad Little Breathing Machine: Poems

by Matthea Harvey

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ISBN-13: 9781555973964
Publisher: Graywolf Press
Publication date: 03/01/2004
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 80
Product dimensions: 6.04(w) x 8.58(h) x 0.95(d)

About the Author

Matthea Harvey is the author of Pity the Bathtub Its Forced Embrace of the Human Form. She is the poetry editor of American Letters & Commentary and lives in Brooklyn.

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Sad Little Breathing Machine


By Matthea Harvey

Graywolf Press

Copyright © 2004 Matthea Harvey
All right reserved.

ISBN: 1-55597-396-5


Chapter One

INTRODUCTION TO THE WORLD For the time being call me Home. All the ingenues do. Units are the engines I understand best. One betrayal, two. Merrily, merrily, merrily. Define hope. Machine. Define machine. Nope. Like thoughts, the geniuses race through. If you're lucky

after a number of revolutions, you'll

feel something catch.

FIRST PERSON FABULOUS First Person fumed & fizzed under Third Person's tongue while Third Person slumped at the diner counter, talking, as usual, to no one. Third Person thought First Person was the toilet paper trailing from Third Person's shoe, the tiara Third Person once wore in a dream to a funeral. First Person thought Third Person was a layer of tar on a gorgeous pink nautilus, a foot on a fountain, a tin hiding the macaroons & First Person was that nautilus, that fountain, that pile of macaroons. Sometimes First Person broke free on first dates (with a Second Person) & then there was the delicious rush of "I this" and "I that" but then no phone call & for weeks Third Person wouldn't let First Person near anyone. Poor First Person. Currently she was exiled to the world of postcards (having a lovely time) - & even then that beast of a Third Person used the implied "I" just to drive First Person crazy. She felt like a television staring at the remote, begging to be turned on. She had so many things she wanted to say. If only she could survive on her own, she'd make Third Person choke on herself & when the detectives arrived & all eyes were on her, she'd cry out, "I did it! I did it! Yes, dahlings, it was me!" EVERYTHING MUST GO Today's class 3-Deifying: Godgrass, Godtrees, Godroad. A sheet of geese bisects the rainstorm. The water tower is ten storms full. We practice drawing cubes - that's the house squared away

& the incubator with Baby. The dead are in their grid. O the sleeping bag contains the body but not the dreaming head.

(Continues...)



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Table of Contents

Introduction to the World3
Bird Transfer4
Life-Size Is What We Are (A New History of Photography)5
To Zanzibar by Motorcar6
Baked Alaska, a Theory Of7
No More Frisson Please8
Toe the Line with Me9
If You Like Sugar I'll Like Sugar Too10
Save the Originals11
Sad Little Breathing Machine12
Introduction to Eden15
Equation with Flowers16
Poem Including the Seven Deadly Sins17
The Crowds Cheered As Gloom Galloped Away18
Trouble in the Dyad19
This Is Not a Glass Door20
Our Square of Lawn21
First Person Fabulous23
Shiver & You Have Weather24
Introduction to Circumference27
Poem Including the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World28
Diagram of Pretty Please29
O the Zoetrope & the Periscope Should Be Friends30
Sergio Valente, Sergio Valente, How You Look Tells the World How You Feel31
Ideas Go Only So Far32
Not So Much Miniature As Far Away33
The Unconsciousness of Feelings34
Snowglobe Hypothesis35
Introduction to Addiction39
Introduction to a Diction40
Grand Narrative with Chandelier41
Machine for Jean Rhys42
Introduction to the Swanhouse43
You're Miss Reading44
Definition of Weather45
The Crying Fields46
Address to an Absent Flea47
Introduction to Narrative51
Once upon a Time: A Genre Fable52
Meat Ravioli vs. Spaghetti Bolognese54
Sentenced: The Subject Objects to Its Long-Distance Relationship with the Object55
Reverberations in the Snail / World56
Color by Number57
The Difference Between the Need for Consistency & the State of Expectation58
The Transparent Heir Apparent60
Can We See61
Introduction to the End65
Introduction to Disease66

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