Pennsylvania

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Writing Program The Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell Pennsylvania
Writing Program University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania
Writing Program Carnegie Mellon University Pennsylvania
Writing Program Chatham University Pennsylvania
Writing Program Mansfield University Pennsylvania
Writing Program Penn State University Pennsylvania
Writing Program Temple University Pennsylvania
Landmark The Marianne Moore Collection at the Rosenbach Museum & Library Pennsylvania
Conference Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets Pennsylvania
Conference Ligonier Valley Writers Conference Pennsylvania

poems

poem

I burn your Highland Park. I acid your Carnegie
car dealerships. Your Squirrel Hill, sheer terror
in winter. But most of all, I hate your Liberty Avenue,
the last place, one night, I saw my closest friend
saying, Wait here, outside the after-hours club. I wait,
hating your Strip,

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In all these rotten shops, in all this broken furniture
and wrinkled ties and baseball trophies and coffee pots
I have never seen a post-war Philco 
with the automatic eye
nor heard Ravel's "Bolero" the way I did
in 1945 in that tiny living room
on Beechwood Boulevard, nor danced as I did
then, my knives all
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Yardley, Pennsylvania, an expensive dump
and the van seats shake their broken bones.

Duty-free liquor and cigarettes,
the refineries and the harbor's cranes.

The moon digs its way out of the dirt.
The branches of an evergreen sway.

She's nice
the woman you don't love.

She kisses you hard and often
holding