Pennsylvania

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Literary Magazine West Branch Pennsylvania
Small Press University of Pittsburgh Press Pennsylvania
Writing Program University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania
Poetry-Friendly Bookstore The University of Pennsylvania Bookstore Pennsylvania
Writing Program The Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell Pennsylvania
Landmark The Marianne Moore Collection at the Rosenbach Museum & Library Pennsylvania
Literary Magazine The Gettysburg Review Pennsylvania
Literary Magazine The Fourth River Pennsylvania
Poetry-Friendly Bookstore The Doylestown Bookshop Pennsylvania
Writing Program Temple University Pennsylvania

poems

poem
We find out the heart only by dismantling what
the heart knows. By redefining the morning,
we find a morning that comes just after darkness.
We can break through marriage into marriage.
By insisting on love we spoil it, get beyond
affection and wade mouth-deep into love.
We must unlearn the constellations to see
poem
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
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,