Sentences and Rain

Sentences and Rain

by Elaine Equi


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Whether celebrating clones or revising Led Zeppelin, Equi melds verse with aphorism, wisdom with wicked playfulness."— Entertainment Weekly

Equi's poems are under the breath asides from your cleverest friend—witty, thoughtful, and wry.


A slight implies if not an insult
(real or imagined)
at least something unpleasant —
a slight cold,
a slight headache.
No one ever says:
"You make me slightly happy."
Although this, in fact,
is often the case.

Widely published and anthologized, Elaine Equi 's work has appeared in The New Yorker , Poetry , The American Poetry Review , Nation , and numerous volumes of The Best American Poetry .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781566894210
Publisher: Coffee House Press
Publication date: 10/13/2015
Pages: 100
Sales rank: 815,702
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Elaine Equi was born in Oak Park, Illinois, and raised in Chicago and its outlying suburbs. In 1988, she moved to New York City with her husband, poet Jerome Sala. Over the years, her witty, aphoristic, and innovative work has become nationally and internationally known. Ripple Effect: New & Selected Poems , was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and on the short list for Canada’s prestigious Griffin Poetry Prize. Widely published and anthologized, her work has appeared in The New Yorker , Poetry , The American Poetry Review , The Nation , and numerous volumes of The Best American Poetry . She teaches at New York University, and in the MFA Programs at the New School and the City College of New York.

Table of Contents

Spontaneous Generation
Cardboard Figures in a Landscape
In Black and White
If I Have Just One Word
The Dark Age of Summer
Umbrella Photo Poems
Sentences and Rain
Royal Feathers
Numeric Values
Cut to the Chase
Yo y Tu
In Search of the Lost Diminutive
Dear Martyr
Let’s Do Lunch
Pet Shop Fragment
Murmur and Motion
Dear Ovid
A Story Begins
Games of Medieval Sadness
A Blue Humming
A Date with an Undertaker
The Dizzy Staircase
Reznikoff’s Clocks
Time Traveler’s Potlatch
Higher Power
Distant Relatives
The Honeycomb of Sleep
The Ones You Meet on the Way Up
Ode to Distraction
Repetition and Duration
The Repairman
Black Bag
Vanilla Orchids
Darkness Adds Beauty
Do You Think a Photocopy of a Snowflake Is More Beautiful than the Original?
Something’s Coming
Varieties of Fire in Hilda Morley
Three Unrelated
Restaurant Art
Caught in a Downpour
Get In
Library of E
Library of J
Scrabble with the Illuminati
Blue Jay Way
Bardo Boulevard
C’Mon, Really This Is Bullshit
Trees Rehearsing
The Courtyard
Backward Glance
The Lives of Statues
Better is Better than not Better
Happy Birthday, Doc!
Zukofsky Revision
A Medium Rare Serenade
A Gift
Serial Seeing
Haiku Centos
Bill Brandt
Phantom Anthem
The Winner
McCabe & Mrs. Miller
Muffin of Sunsets
I Never Seem to Arrive
By the River of White Noise
Stationary Yet Adrift

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