Pennsylvania

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Reading Series Gist Street Reading Series Pennsylvania
Writing Program University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania
Writing Program Carnegie Mellon University Pennsylvania
Writing Program Chatham University Pennsylvania
Writing Program Mansfield University Pennsylvania
Writing Program Penn State University Pennsylvania
Writing Program Temple University Pennsylvania
Writing Program The Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell Pennsylvania
Landmark The Marianne Moore Collection at the Rosenbach Museum & Library Pennsylvania
Conference Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets Pennsylvania

poems

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,

poem
Yardley, Pennsylvania, an expensive dump
and the van seats shake their broken bones.

Duty-free liquor and cigarettes,
the refineries and the harbor's cranes.

The moon digs its way out of the dirt.
The branches of an evergreen sway.

She's nice
the woman you don't love.

She kisses you hard and often
holding
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