They Don't Kill You Because They're Hungry, They Kill You Because They're Full

They Don't Kill You Because They're Hungry, They Kill You Because They're Full

by Mark Bibbins

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ISBN-13: 9781556594588
Publisher: Copper Canyon Press
Publication date: 04/01/2014
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author


Mark Bibbins is the author of The Dance of No Hard Feelings; The Anxiety of Coincidence, a digital-only chapbook; and Sky Lounge, which received a Lambda Literary Award. He teaches in the graduate writing programs at The New School, where he co-founded LIT magazine, and at Columbia University. Bibbins is the editor of the poetry section of The Awl and the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship in poetry. His poems have appeared in Poetry, The Paris Review, Boston Review, Tin House, The Best American Poetry, and Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century.

Table of Contents

Breakout Session 3

You'll Get Better Attention When You Die 5

I Can Explain 6

Unity, Utility, Ubiquity 7

Evacuate the Premise 9

Pedagogy and Performance 10

In the Corner of a Room Where You Would Never Look 12

Terminal 14

Factory 16

Confidence 18

In Which the Pathetic Fallacy Wants to Even More 19

Desire Loves Disaster 21

Spring, or, I Don't Know Everything Is Wrong with Me 23

Honky 24

Worst Things First 26

Speedy 27

Summer's Other 28

Thunderbride 29

Medusa 32

Dear Rotten Garden- 40

The Editors 41

What Are Predators but Parasites That Kill You Faster 43

Burning Candygram 45

Almost as Good as What We Destroyed 46

The Bell Is a Recording 48

Strategy 51

Pat Robertson Transubstantiation Engine No. 1 52

Pat Robertson Transubstantiation Engine No. 2 53

Pat Robertson Transubstantiation Engine No. 3 54

Pat Robertson Transubstantiation Engine No. 4 55

Pat Robertson Transubstantiation Engine No. 5 56

Pat Robertson Transubstantiation Engine No. 6 57

Historical Action Figures 58

The Perspective Fairy 59

Bowerbird 61

The Year Is Always Two Years Ago 63

Junior National Treasure Cemetery 65

Grief! 66

Better Than Okay, with Androgyny 67

Being Our Pictures 68

A Place I Plan to Admire as Much as One I Can't See 69

The Anxiety of Coincidence 71

My Brightness Burton 72

Look Who Came Dressed as the Sun 74

Poem That Wants to Know If We Need Anything from the Store 75

Poem That Wants to Know When You're Taking out the Trash 76

Poem That Wants to Serve You Comfort and Despair 77

Poem That Wants to Be Something Rather Worse 78

Poem That Wants to Use Revelation 3:16 as an Epigraph 80

Poem That Wants to Be Less Amazed by a Man in a T-Shirt That Says 82

Similes Liberation Army 83

The Beginning of How We Started Dying 84

Further Strategies for Trapping the Dead 85

Witness 87

By the Number 3 93

Our Fairy Decorator 95

Storylines 97

Clouds Mistaken for Nearby Clouds 99

Two More 100

This Land Is Mylar 101

A Small Gesture of Gratitude 102

About the Author 106

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