Thanks to the following journals and anthologies, where some of these
poems (sometimes in different forms) appeared: Best American Poetry
2018, Boston Review, Cincinnati Review, Chicago Review, Dostoevsky Wan
nabe’s Cities: Boston, Free Verse, Harvard Review Online, Hyperallergic, Ken
yon Review, The Nation, New York Review of Books, Oversound, Poets.org
Poem A Day, Poetry Northwest, Prodigal, Raritan, Threepenny Review, TinHouse.
The author wishes to thank Devin Johnston, Kit Novotny, Hai- Dang
Phan, Catherine Stearns, Susan Stewart
The Eternal City
Th e attic fan rattles in its hammered tinhouse—as seemingly ceaseless
as the body’s unquiet engine. Today something’s gone awry: the drone,
usually poised, a nearly silent arpeggio, has become a disinterested scream.
Th is is the third heat wave of July. Again the fi re department
sounds the citywide alarm & then police cars wail. Rome is burning!
But Rome is not burning. Instead I am reading, in a shrill hum,
about Marcus Aurelius—because this is what I do on days too hot
to move—the heads of the red geraniums steaming in their planters—
”); PEN America (“Assail as sail ails as,”
“Descreation Myth,” “Stet”); Sidereal (“Road Not End,” “[See: ero-
sion],” “Something wonderful is about to happen to you,” “then read-
ing in the garden”); Sprung Formal (“Cry unto Country”); TinHouse (“Are not no tear”); Unsplendid (“Q & A,” “This, Certain”);
Versal (“Daisies is ideas”).
The author also thanks Michelle Falkoff, Joseph Harrison, Kristin Kelly,
and Kyle Stine for believing in these poems and thanks Jane Lewty for her
support and insights throughout the years this book took its form(s).
I am extremely grateful to the editors of the following journals, in which
some of these poems and translations have appeared, sometimes in variant
forms: 14 Hills, Beloit Poetry Journal, berfrois, Boston Review, Gramma, Har-
vard Review Online, London Review of Books, the minnesota review, The Na-
tion, Poetry, Southeast Review, and TinHouse.
I could not have made this book without the support of the Poetry
Foundation, the 92nd Street Y, the Ledbury Poetry Festival, and the English
Department at the University of Connecticut. To all my
, much expanded, of a paper that was first presented
at the 2009 Hatfield conference and again as a twenty-minute “After
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grateful to Helmut Hofer and Piet Hut for making the 2011 version pos-
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tention and their challenging questions. The Hardy thread in chapter 10
originally appeared, in streamlined form, as a stand-alone essay in Issue
50 of TinHouse, under the title Unexpected, Economical, Inevitable.
Working with Tin
, much expanded, of a paper that was first pre-
sented at the 2009 Hatfield conference and again as a twenty-minute
“After Hours Conversation” at the Institute for Advanced Study in
2011. I am grateful to Helmut Hofer and Piet Hut for making the 2011
version possible and to all the participants in both meetings for their
generous attention and their challenging questions. The Hardy thread
in chapter 10 originally appeared, in streamlined form, as a stand-alone
essay in Issue 50 of TinHouse, under the title Unexpected, Economi-
cal, Inevitable. Working with Tin
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