Pallbearers Envying the One Who Rides (Poets, Penguin)

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9780140589160: Pallbearers Envying the One Who Rides (Poets, Penguin)

With his signature wit and insight, award-winning poet Stephen Dobyns probes the secrets of the heart

Consider the mysteries of the heart, that blood-pumping organ and, in Stephen Dobyns' latest collection of poems, the hapless romantic of our interior landscape. "The Himalayas Within Him" finds Heart worrying about the sound of his own heartbeat, wondering why it doesn't "blare like a quartet of trombones" as it reflects his "ardent complexity." In "Goodbye to the Hands That Have Touched Him" Heart, after suffering many sleepless nights, decides "that love exists at the root of his problems. Without love his path would be as smooth as a plate of glass and he'd sleep like a kitten." Dividing the Heart poems is the long "Oh, Immobility, Death's Vast Associate," a jazzy disquisition on human isolation and inaction in the midst of a planet full of people feeling similarly. Throughout Pallbearers Envying the One Who Rides Dobyns has painstakingly sculpted straightforward language into a distinct sound, creating an unforgettable collection of poems that offers readers unexpected revelations about the complexities of the heart.

. . . Why is Heart alone in the chest?
Because hope is an aspect of the single condition
and without hope, why move our feet? To see himself
as purely a fragment: such is Heart's obligation.
Let's quickly depart before we learn what happens.
Sometimes a car stops. Sometimes there is nothing.

--from "Like a Revolving Door"

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About the Author:

Stephen Dobyns is the author of nine previous books of poetry and nineteen novels, including ten Penguin mystery novels set in Saratoga Springs, New York. He has also published a book of literary essays, Best Words, Best Order. Dobyns lives with his family near Boston.

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Adrift In The Leafy Tranquility
Between Them Rose The Boner Of Contention
Black Stitches Down The Middle
Can Poetry Matter?
Corn To Pound To Make His Bread
The Dark And Turbulent Sea
Daytona Fresh And Indianapolis Immaculate
Death Lobs A Bosom Into The Field
Dog-tired Cannon Fodder Won't Salute
The Ersatz Metaphysic Of Commercialism
Facing Failure
Fighting Back
Flawed Language: Thought's Shadow
God's Poorer Particle, I.e. The Devil
Good Deeds
Goodbye To The Hands That Have Touched Him
Great Job
The Himalayas Within Him
His Favorite Blue Cup
Hunting Dogs Pursue The Wounded Deer
I'm Muscle, I'm Brawn
It's Not The Hookers Or Opium Dens
Last Jumping Jacks
Let's Peek At The Dental Work
The Light Is Dusky The Shadows Long
Like A Revolving Door
Logo Of Fixed Bewilderment
Love Is Elsewhere
Lumberjack Shirts And Motorcycle Boots
Macfleckna's Storefront Church
The Malditos Make A Racket
The Minute Grit In Death's Undergarments
The Morgue Attendants Clutch Their Keys
The Nature Of Love
The New Austerity
No Tangos Tonight
Occupant In Permanent Transit
Oh, Immobility, Death's Vast Associate
Old What's-his-name
One Good Turns Deserves Another
Ready And Waiting
Scattered Oaks In Full Leaf
The Sorry Fronds Of The Palm Trees
That Stuff About A Better Place
Their Tete-a-tete Is Done
Thus He Endured
To Blow Your Enemy A Final Kiss
To Conceal The Piercing Light
To Exist In The Given Minute
To Sleep The Sleep Of The Just
Trouble In Mind
Until We Drool And Piss Ourselves
Valentine Mathematics
What Good Is Love Unless It's Aggressive?
What Next?
When Tubes Pierce Every Extremity
Why Fool Around?
Why Is He Suddenly Paralyzed?
The World's Master Plan
The World's Sidewalks And Daily Hoopla
Wounds Without Pain
-- Table of Poems from Poem Finder®

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