What Ridiculous Things We Could Ask of Each Other: Poems

What Ridiculous Things We Could Ask of Each Other: Poems


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780820347219
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Publication date: 09/15/2014
Series: The National Poetry Series
Pages: 88
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

JEFFREY SCHULTZ’s poems have appeared in Boston Review, Indiana Review, Missouri Review, Prairie Schooner, Poetry, and elsewhere and have been featured on the PBS Newshour’s Art Beat and Poetry Daily. Schultz has received the “Discovery”/Boston Review prize and a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. He lives in Los Angeles and teaches at Pepperdine University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

J. Begins by Saying The World's Not as It Should Be 1

There's No Telling How long This Will Take

Our Lady of the Electrical Substation 5

Weekday Apocalyptic 6

Power Outage, Fresno, California, August IO, 1996 7

As If Someone Were Trying to Tell Us Something 9

J. Learns the Difference between Poverty and Having No Money 12

The Soul as Social Service Caseworker 13

The Day before the Revolution 15

Parable of the Blind Man 18

Without Our Even Knowing It

The Gathering Blues 21

When You Hold at Last the Magnifier above the Page

Early Service at the Temple of Angelino Heights 29

The Soul as a Kind of Life I Sort of Lived Once 30

The Mourner's Fare 31

First Time around the Floor 33

Old News and the Borrowed Blues 34

The Velvet Underground's "Sweet Jane," from Two Minutes, Thirty-Three Seconds to Two Minutes, Fifty-One Seconds 36

These Arms of Mine 38

The Soul as Perpetually Eighteen Years Old 40

Permanent Collection 42

The Soul as Rooms for Rent 44

The Soul as Episode in the Supermarket 46

Apocalypse When? 48

Inner City Circular Saw Cosmology Blues 50

What Ridiculous Things We Could Ask of Each Other

To the Unexploded H-Bomb Lost in Tidal Mud off the Coast of Savannah, Georgia 53

The Soul as Kaczynski 55

J Steals from the Rich and Uses the Money to Get Drunk Again 57

J Listens to Line Static on the Last Pay Phone in the Continental US 59

J Resists the Urge to Comment on Your Blog 61

J Finds in His Pocket Neither Change nor Small Bills 64

Notes 71

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