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Richard Tayson

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Richard Tayson is the author of The World Underneath (The Kent State University Press, 2008) and The Apprentice of Fever (The Kent State University Press, 1998), winner of the Wick Poetry Prize. His honors include Prairie Schooner’s Bernice Slote and Edward Stanley Awards, as well as a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship. He teaches at The New School and the City University of New York.

by this poet

I’m late for the birth-
day party, it’s one
of those cool after-

noons when the world
is clear, is made
of glass, the sky

so blue you want to
look up at the very
center of its pupil

in case you get
a glimpse of what
comes after

we leave here.  I’m
thinking my lover’s
sister is thirty-two

today, but I want