There's a Box in the Garage You Can Beat With a Stick

There's a Box in the Garage You Can Beat With a Stick

by Michael Teig


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Michael Teig's poems are moving, intelligent, full of delight, and—most refreshingly—a pleasure to read. Stephen Dobyns says of Teig's poems, "they have this ability to make the world fresh again and make us realize why we love the world, despite its failings and our own."

When they gave him a shovel
he repaired the ground.

When they addressed him in memos
he said I am lonely too.

He gave them a shrug
and held

a gray cat to his chest
like an alibi.

Michael Teig is founding co-editor of jubilat. He won the inaugural A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781938160202
Publisher: BOA Editions, Ltd.
Publication date: 11/05/2013
Series: American Poets Continuum Series
Pages: 136
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.10(d)

About the Author

Michael Teig is the author of Big Back Yard (BOA Editions, 2003), winner of the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize. His work has appeared in many journals, including FIELD, Conduit, Black Warrior Review, Bateau, Crazyhorse, Pleiades, and A Public Space. He is a co-founder and editor-at-large of jubilat. Born in Franklin, PA, Teig holds degrees from Oberlin College and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. His honors include awards and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Academy of American Poets, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. He lives in Easthampton, MA, with his wife and son.

Table of Contents


There is a day under a box 13

Poultry Chronicle 16

Like a Satellite. Like a Stranger. Like a Waltz. 18

Right Now 19

Undid 21

A Little (more) About Me 27

if it's still called that 28

One Cadet Crashed 29

Where I Come From 30

In Their Numbers 31

When I Said I'm Changing Hats I Meant It; This Hat Is Crummy. 32

Now inside of a man 34

Have I Forgotten Anything 36


under one box another box 39

They Did Not Come Close 40

all of them nice people I think. 41

One More Time 43

Till It Sticks 45

Short History of Kites 46

A boy is a body stretched everywhere. 47

When I Pass Out I See a Pleasant Vista Heated by Coal 48

My Little 49

Homemade Whelping Box 50

The Gate Snaps Open 52

The sun is an example of what? A light burning over a donut. 53

Oafish 54

My other thought rides a bicycle into a tree. 55

Self-Portrait: Swimming in Monkeys 57

Whereupon Lydia Sparrow 58

All at Once 59

Optimal Brain Institute 60

The Small Ones, in White 61

Young Fly Catcher 62

Slow Motion Research 63

I Make Mistakes While Sleeping 64

The Flag Was a Kind of Flannel 66


Divisions of the Book 69

I Start Over by Simply Loving the Cat 70

Hazard Avoidance Routine 71

your staff has misplaced my file 73

Some Sleep Is a Rerun 74

I rinsed my face and wished to be rid of it. 75

I Abandoned My Plans. I Had No Plans. 76

I've Been Unwell & Now I'm Well 78

Night Jar 79

Say Uncle 81

I Am Walking to You Now 82

I Got News for You 84

In a Small Boy Blinking 85

Acknowledgments 90

About the Author 91

Colophon 96

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