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      All This Life

      Joshua Mohr 9781593766030

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Jelly Roll: A Blues


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Quite difficult, belief.

Quite terrible, faith

that the night, again,

will nominate

you a running mate-

that we are of the elect

& have not yet

found out. That the tide

still might toss us up

another-what eyes

& stars, what teeth!

such arms, alive-

someone we will, all

night, keep. Not

just these spiders

that skitter & cobweb,

share my shivering bed.



You, rare as Georgia

snow. Falling

hard. quick.

Candle shadow.

The cold

spell that catches

us by surprise.

The too-early blooms,

tricked, gardenias blown about,

circling wind. Green figs.

Nothing stays. I want

to watch you walk

the hall to the cold tile


night, a lifetime.

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"Harvest Song"

Lover you leave me

autumn, tilling, a man

tending his yard,

or one not even

his own. Outskirts

of town a farmer

one-armed, walks his fields

into fire--my neighbor

on his knees with a razor

trims his lawn. Next door

I am in the pines--

grass thirsting, and up

to here in weeds--

poison, neglect,

I have tried to forget--

nothing works. Let

the birds rabbits

termites have the run

of the place, the worms,

I will take them in


"Elegy, Niagara Falls"

for Bert King, d. 1996

Here snow starts

but does not


is not enough

to cover

the bare thaw--

ed ground.

Grief is the god that gets us--

good--in the end--


let out

early--in time

to catch the lunch

special--at my local

hotel. Sunday--

even the bus

boy has your

face. And still

having heard

some days later you

were dead--

I haven't caught


From the Hardcover edition.

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Young, Kevin
Knopf Publishing Group
General Poetry
Poetry-A to Z
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Product details 208 pages Alfred A. Knopf - English 9780375709890 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Young [is] not only a terrific love poet but one of real emotional variety...Young has daringly likened Langston Hughes: this versatile lyric tour de force may well justify the ambitious comparison." Publishers Weekly
"Review" by , "Impressive...Young uses the blues as a template, fusing popular music and black vernacular and thereby placing himself squarely in the African-American poetic tradition pioneered by such writers as Langston Hughes."
"Review" by , "Kevin Young has, at age 32, already conquered the heights of the poetry world....To its tradition of strong American poets, from Emerson to Eliot to Ashbery, Harvard College can now add Young."
"Review" by , "Splendidly inventive and evocative."
"Review" by , "Intimate...Young's utilitarian use of language is often amazing in its ability to convey so much with so few words."
"Review" by , "Young maintains the essence of the blues...while reshaping them into vibrant form....If blues musician Robert Johnson had collaborated with haiku master Basho, the result might have been Jelly Roll."
"Review" by , "A rollicking book of poems filled with calls, hollers and shouts....This book rocks and it rolls."
"Review" by , "Enormously refreshing....You can hear the sound of this voice alive on the vivid page."
"Review" by , "Young has created a joyful and sorrowing and very funny narrative of love found and lost and selfhood ruefully gained amid the ruins...wonderful, linguistically inventive poems in which the old is made new again."
"Synopsis" by , Sexy and tart, playfully blending an African American idiom with traditional lyric diction, Kevin Young's jaunty, intimate collection invents a language as shimmying and comic, as low-down and high-hearted, as the music from which he draws inspiration.
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