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About this poet

Michael Waters is the author of many collections of poetry, most recently The Dean of Discipline (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018) and Celestial Joyride (BOA Editions, 2016). He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Fulbright Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He is a professor of English at Monmouth University and lives in New Jersey.


Selected Bibliography

The Dean of Discipline (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018)
Celestial Joyride (BOA Editions, 2016)
Gospel Night (BOA Editions, 2011)
Darling Vulgarity (BOA Editions, 2006)
Parthenopi: New and Selected Poems (BOA Editions, 2001)
Green Ash, Red Maple, Black Gum (BOA Editions, 1997)
Bountiful (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 1992)
The Burden Lifters (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 1989)
Anniversary of the Air (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 1985)
Not Just Any Death (BOA Editions, 1979)

Wedding Dress

That Halloween I wore your wedding dress,
our children spooked & wouldn’t speak for days.
I’d razored taut calves smooth, teased each blown tress,
then—lipsticked, mascaraed, & self-amazed—
shimmied like a starlet on the dance floor.
I’d never felt so sensual before—
Catholic schoolgirl & neighborhood whore.
In bed, dolled up, undone, we fantasized:
we clutched & fused, torn twins who’d been denied.
You were my shy groom.  Love, I was your bride.

From Darling Vulgarity by Michael Waters. Copyright © 2006 by Michael Waters. Used by permission of BOA Editions, Ltd.

From Darling Vulgarity by Michael Waters. Copyright © 2006 by Michael Waters. Used by permission of BOA Editions, Ltd.

Michael Waters

Michael Waters is the author of The Dean of Discipline (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018).

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                                        Ciconia ciconia
 

Such jazzy arrhythmia, 
                            the white storks' 
Plosive and gorgeous leave-takings suggest 
Oracular utterance where the blurred 
Danube disperses its silts.
                                    Then the red-