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Accepting the Disaster


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An astonishing new collection from one of our finest emerging poets

A sharks tooth, the shape-shifting cloud drifting from a smokestack, the smoke detectors that hang, ominous but disregarded, overhead—very little escapes the watchful eye of Joshua Mehigan. The poems in Accepting the Disaster range from lyric miniatures like “The Crossroads,” a six-line sketch of an accident scene, to “The Orange Bottle,” an expansive narrative page-turner whose main character suffers a psychotic episode after quitting medication. Mehigan blends the naturalistic milieu of such great chroniclers of American life as Stephen Crane and Studs Terkel with the cinematic menace and wonder of Fritz Lang. Balanced by the music of his verse, this unusual combination brings an eerie resonance to the real lives and institutions it evokes.

     These poems capture with equal tact the sinister quiet of a deserted Main Street, the tragic grandiosity of Michael Jackson, the loneliness of a self-loathing professor, the din of a cement factory, and the saving grandeur of the natural world. This much-anticipated second collection is the work of a nearly unrivaled craftsman, whose first book was called by Poetry “a work of some poise and finish, by turns delicate and robust.”

About the Author

Joshua Mehigans first book, The Optimist, was a finalist for the 2005 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Poetry. His poems have appeared in many periodicals, including The New Republic, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and Poetry, where he has been a frequent contributor of poems and essays. His writing has also been featured in Poetry Daily and The Writers Almanac, and in numerous anthologies. He is the recent recipient of Poetry magazines Editors Prize for Feature Article and of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Mehigan lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

ContentsHere The Smokestack Fire Safety The Sponge The Crossroads The Cement Plant The Hill Joe Pipe The Forecast Down in the Valley The Fair Work Song Elegy On the Way to Church School Sad Stories Father Birmingham The Bowl At Home Citation Epitaph Carved on a Shin Bone Cold Turkey The Dream Job Psalm How Strange, How Sweet Heard at the Mens Mission Try The Polling Place The Professor The Library The Orange Bottle The News The Payphone The Chemist Believe It Fanatics Accepting the Disaster Sharks Tooth

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Mehigan, Joshua
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Single Author / American
Poetry-A to Z
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