Sidebend World

Sidebend World

by Charles Harper Webb


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Sidebend World shows clearly why Webb has been called one of the most inventive, incisive, and psychologically astute poets writing in the U.S.A. today, as well as one of the most entertaining.   
Webb is celebrated for his use of humor; yet even his funniest poems rise, as the best humor must, from serious concerns.  Powered by an uncompromising but compassionate intelligence and an abiding wonder at the beautiful strangeness of the world, Sidebend World explores with clarity and vividness a wide range of emotions—love to hate, tenderness to brutality; yet, above all, Webb is a poet of praise.  Metaphors of startling aptness and originality, a distinctive voice at once provocative and endearing, high musicality, propulsive energy, wild imaginative leaps, as well as mastery of diction from lyricism to street-speak, create a reading experience of the first order.  These poems go down easy, but pack a wallop.  As Robert Frost said poetry should do, Sidebend World "begins in delight and ends in wisdom."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780822965619
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date: 10/16/2018
Series: Pitt Poetry Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 80
Sales rank: 1,207,213
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Called by Lifescape “Southern California’s most inventive and accessible poet,” Charles Harper Webb, Ph.D. has published twelve books of poetry, including Reading the Water, Liver,Tulip Farms & Leper Colonies, Hot Popsicles,Amplified Dog, Shadow Ball: New and Selected Poems, What Things Are Made Of,Brain Camp, and his most recent, Sidebend World, published by the University of Pittsburgh Press in 2018.  Webb's awards in poetry include the Morse Prize, the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, the Felix Pollock Prize, and the Benjamin Saltman Prize.  His poems have appeared in distinguished journals and anthologies, including American Poetry Review, Paris Review, Iowa Review, Yale Review, Harvard Review, Poetry, Ploughshares, The Southern Review, The Georgia Review, Tin House, Poets of the New Century, Best American Poetry, and The Pushcart Prize. A former professional rock musician and psychotherapist, he is the editor of Stand Up Poetry: An Expanded Anthology, and recipient of a Whiting Writer's Award, a fellowship from the Guggenheim foundation, and the CSULB Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award.  A collection of his essays on contemporary American poetry, A Million MFAs Are Not Enough, was published in 2016 by Red Hen Press.  Professor of English at California State University, Long Beach, Webb teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing there.

Table of Contents

Sidebend World 3

Part I

Animals in the News 7

Building a Turtle 8

Gratitude for Dark Energy 9

Dominion of Blue 10

Evolution of Love Poetry 12

Snapshots of Alpaca 13

Why I Won't Mind If My Fruit Trees Don't Produce This Year 14

High Winds, Becoming Gusty at Times 15

Box of Butterflies 16

World's Fattest Man Is Missing 17

Have I Got a Script For You 18

Nice People Aren't So Bad 20

When I Think of Happiness 22

"Enthusiasm Should Be Tempered" 23

Subjective 24

Wave 25

Bait Ball 26

Part II

People Think I'm a Gourmet Chef 29

Getting to Know My Neurotransmitters 30

Laughing Song 31

Guys in Chairs 32

Making History 33

A Far Cry from Eli Whitney 34

Custer's Last Handstand 36

Be Careful 37

Poison Oak 38

Fear Factor 39

You Don't Want To Meet the Ai-Urn 40

Here Be Monsters 41

Propitiate 42

Parasites 43

Thirteenth Floor Elevators 45

Recommendations 47

We Rarely Mark When They've Occurred 49

Part III

Swept Away 53

Husband 55

The Woman on the Cover of Glamour Magazine 57

Bouncing the Porpis 58

Snails 60

Stinging Tree 61

Emergency 62

Glass 63

A TV Writer's Best Friend 64

Rain Stick 65

See What You're Missing! 66

"Face-Eating Rottweiler, Free to Good Home" 67

Meanwhile, Back on Mt. Olympus 68

Hero Food 69

Nice Hat 70

Ginsu 72

Turtle Hunt 73

And Yet 74

Down the Bayou 75

Acknowledgments 77

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