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Your father on the train of ghosts : poems / by G.C. Waldrep and John Gallaher.

Your father on the train of ghosts : poems

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  • ISBN: 9781934414484
  • ISBN: 1934414484
  • Physical Description: 230 p. ; 23 cm.
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Publisher: Rochester, NY : BOA Editions, 2011.

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Formatted Contents Note:
Automated town -- The baby catalogues -- The house rhapsody -- Your new birthday -- From which mortar cities rise -- The anodynes -- The archaeologists -- Anniversaries of bad things -- Advice to passengers -- Elegy for the Manhattan Project -- Trade deficit -- Your lover, later -- Elemental picture of boats in the distance -- Elegy for the most people -- Space to the west -- Outside the elevator museum -- A short history of friendship -- In the file of discontinued things -- Gun control in the occupation -- Cars moving at reasonable speeds -- Domestic light -- The city experiment -- Your father on the train of ghosts -- Daily life in classical antiquity -- The circus of probable sighs -- All trains leaving Penn Station are ghost trains -- The bridge at rest -- Error as beauty -- University park -- Meditation on subjects -- On your smooth ride -- The Frackville angel -- Busman's holiday -- The history of entanglements -- Elegy for Rosa Parks -- The world is empty & a splash of salts -- Candling the bodies -- Escape strategies -- The great migrations -- Your father calling from the museum -- The Sherpas of Canada -- You need not be present to win -- And as they waited in their baskets on the hillsides it began to rain -- My father in other places -- On the performativity of grief as ecstatic culture -- Elegy for Henrietta Lacks -- The overgrown war -- The birthday hand -- The tourist -- Don't wear out your welcome -- Winter acknowledgments -- The solitary death of the Woolworth Building -- The night autopsy -- Making love in the balloon maze -- In the later measures -- Scandinavian skies -- Landscape with missing elements -- Maybe it has nothing to do with you -- The radio inside your health plan is sleeping -- As mastery declines into altitude and forgiveness -- Flight of the demolition factory -- Aromatherapy in the age of new form -- Everything you know that isn't true.
Ideal boating conditions -- Pharaoh's daughter (Chagall motion study) -- You'll get nothing more from me today, she said -- Apology re: the second Viennese school -- Trenton aubade -- Your father seen from space -- Ode to Lyndon Baines Johnson -- Elegy for the developing story -- Would you like to try one of our specials -- Limited time offer -- Can't you sit still for once -- Different from what you bargained for -- The Carnegie system -- Box with noise elements -- Halls of fame II -- How are things in Glocca Morra -- After the war, the orchards -- Cedar Rapids eclogue -- Another day at the festival -- Ethel & Myrtle try to avoid how emotional they get -- Cesarean selection -- Fall in Istanbul -- On a raft, relaxing into the west, where we are -- Production still from Adam-12 -- Your mutual trappist -- I'll decorate my house with you -- The apple in chrome -- If I die before I wake -- Your hands as the third law of motion -- The other palace -- Stolen crutch, wrapped in yarn -- Your reply is necessary -- Because it's better not to know -- Your costume drama is falling -- Of certain small, valuable kitchen appliances -- Baptism of signs -- The welcome chamber -- A false sense of well-being -- A short history of Kiki Smith -- Parable of the door -- Nullstellensatz -- The little crisis in summer -- The monkey cages in winter -- This is the part where you whistle -- Love is everywhere -- Thousand-year reign -- One hundred & one best worlds -- Having a sense of purpose -- The Sahara as anecdote -- Parable of the anorak in the rain -- In praise of hard candy -- This is a wolf with many sharp teeth -- Single-celled organism -- Praise impromptu -- On the fall of Constantinople -- External sonata -- Portrait while you wait -- On liberalism -- The dream of Egypt -- Pain can warn us of danger -- On the death of Andrew Wyeth -- Welcome to the next project -- After music.
Summary, etc.:
"Your Father on the Train of Ghosts is one of the most extensive collaborations in American poetry. Over the course of a year, acclaimed poets G.C. Waldrep and John Gallaher wrote poems back and forth, sometimes once or twice a week, sometimes five or six a day. As the collaboration deepened, a third "voice" emerged that neither poet can claim as solely their own. The poems of Your Father on the Train of Ghosts read as lyric snapshots of a culture we are all too familiar with, even as it slips from us: malls and supermarkets, museums and parades, toxic waste and cheesecakes, ghosts and fire, fathers and sons. Ultimately, these fables and confessions constitute a sort of gentle apocalypse, a user-friendly self-help manual for the end of time. G.C. Waldrep is author of Goldbeater's Skin (2003 Colorado Prize), Disclamor, and Archicembalo (2008 Dorset Prize). He has won awards from the Poetry Society of America and Academy of American Poets; fellowships at Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony; and NEA fellowship. He holds an MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and teaches at Bucknell University. John Gallaher is author of Gentlemen in Turbans, Ladies in Cauls, The Little Book of Guesses (Levis Poetry Prize), and Map of the Folded World. His poetry has been included in the Best American Poetry series and numerous journals and anthologies. He co-edits The Laurel Review, GreenTower Press, and the Akron Series of Contemporary Poetics. He teaches at Northwest Missouri State University."--Publisher's description.
Subject: American poetry > 21st century.
Artistic collaboration.

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