Woods and Clouds Interchangeable

Woods and Clouds Interchangeable

by Michael Earl Craig

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Overview

With his fifth collection of poems, Michael Earl Craig delivers a fresh set of tableaux that have us squinting aslant at the ordinary. Dexterously constructed, the scenes, conversations, letters, instructions, stories, bios, and little fables of Woods and Clouds Interchangeable twist the comedic into shapes of startling seriousness, making us laugh at the same time they widen the dimensions of the world we live in.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781940696812
Publisher: Wave Books
Publication date: 04/02/2019
Pages: 122
Sales rank: 1,206,305
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.75(h) x (d)

About the Author

Michael Earl Craig is from Dayton, Ohio, home of the gas mask and the mood ring. He is the author of Woods and Clouds Interchangeable (Wave Books, forthcoming 2019), Talkativeness (Wave Books, 2014), Thin Kimono (Wave Books, 2010), Yes, Master (Fence Books, 2006), Can You Relax in My House, (Fence Books, 2002), and the chapbook Jombang Jet (Factory Hollow Press, 2012). He lives in the Shields Valley, near Livingston, Montana, where he runs a full-time farrier practice. He was the 2015-2017 Poet Laureate of Montana.

Read an Excerpt

Colosseum

I am sitting in a cafe with my right hand up to my face.
My hand smells like fresh laundry.
I watch a muffin go by. A baby swats
with his fist, dumping a lemonade.
I have a hand to my face and it smells like fresh laundry.
Someone's grandma is covered in new green-blue tattoos.
There is the sadness of unwed despots,
the chromed anger of the espresso nozzle,
a man with what looks like potatoes in his pants—
one in the front and one in the back.
People are squirting Sriracha onto everything.
People, squirting Sriracha onto everything.

Table of Contents

WHO WAS MRS. BUTTERWORTH 11

ELOISE 12

THE RABBIT 13

HOW TO FIX A BROKEN BUTTERFLY WING 14

WHO WAS VERONICA 15

TOWN 16

YOU SHOULD BE HEARING THE SOUND THAT A MARBLE MAKES 17 DIMES 18

WHO WAS PONTIUS PILATE 19

THE QUALITY OF LIGHT 20

JOCELYN 22

FROM BED 23

WHO WAS KING FRIDAY 24

COLOSSEUM 25

THE PROBLEM 26

CHUNK OF SEA GLASS 27

WHO WAS THE SUN 28

THE COUPLE 29

GIANT HOTEL FERN 30

DON CHEADLE POEM 31

WHO WAS CATULLUS 32

AT THE PARTY 33

THIS LOOKS RUSSIAN TO ME 34

WHAT BUGGED ME WAS 35

WHO WAS FRANZ LISZT 36

SOME TEA HAS EVAPORATED HERE 37

YOUR PAINTING 38

THE TURIN HORSE 40

WHO WAS SIMONE WEIL 41

BILLINGS CLINIC ROOM 2508 42

IDEAS FOR A MOSTLY SILENT FILM IN 3 FIFTEEN-MINUTE SCENES 43 GENTLY TAPPING RAVIOLIS IN A POT OF BOILING WATER 44

WHO WAS MAN O’ WAR 45
FINDINGS 46

ICE, SALAD, GLOVES 47

NATALIA 48

WHO WAS FRÄULEIN UNBEKANNT 49

THE CHANGE 50

ROSE TANTRUM 51

THANKSGIVING 52

WHO WAS HEIRONYMOUS BOSCH 53

NPR 54

THE BRANCHES OF CLOWNS 55

MARYLAND 56

WHO WAS CHIEF PLENTY COUPS 57

THE SIGNAL 58

28 APRIL 2016 59

I’M IN ROOM 927 60

WHO WAS JOAN OF ARC 62

LADY CHAMBLESS’S YARD 63

THE DEAD ELEPHANT 64

THE DROP-KICK 66

WHO WAS LU YOU 67

THE FAIR 68

HOW I SPENT THE AFTERNOON 69 CURRENTLY OVER KANSAS 70

WHO WAS SIR ERNEST HENRY SHACKLETON 71 TWO PEOPLE 72

HOTEL FINLEN 73

HEIMLICH’S BEAGLES 74

WHO WAS DEEP BLUE 75

I HAVE STUFFED MYSELF AT DINNER 76

THE BODY BUILDER 77

CHRISTMAS 78

WHO WAS GENGHIS KHAN 79

LAWS OF NATURE 80

BRISKLY JERKED RUGS 81

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