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Roger Reeves

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Roger Reeves

Roger Reeves's first book, King Me, was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2013 and was awarded the 2014 Larry Levis Reading Prize and a John C. Zacharis First Book Award from Ploughshares. His second collection of poetry, On Paradise, is forthcoming from W. W. Norton. Reeves has received fellowships from Cave Canem and the National Endowment for the Arts. The recipient of a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship and a Whiting Award, Reeves was a Hodder Fellow from 2014 to 2015 at the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University. He lives in Austin, Texas.


Roger Reeves: P.O.P

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The market is made of fire so nothing
Stands, or stands—even in the ideal
City of Pullman, I hear “nigga run,”
One child shouting to another in ruins,
Of ruin and so call out in paradise
To the live bloody skeleton hung softly
As summer in each other to escape
This year’s


The moths in the orchard squeal
with each pass of the mistral wind.
Yet the reapers and their scythes,
out beyond the pear trees, slay wheat
in sure columns. Christ
must have been made of shocks
of wheat. When they lashed him,
four bundles of fine yellow burst forth
from each