Speech Minus Applause

Speech Minus Applause

by Jim Peterson

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Overview

In the neighborhood of Jim Peterson’s Speech Minus Applause, the dog bowl refills itself. There is nothing and everything to do. Thought is the only sound, and strangers, friends, animals and loved ones, old and new, come and go like fragments of light outside the window, travel down tributaries fed by a city, a street, a door, a mouth—a home becomes a body and the body a refuge for introspection and reverie, a leafy whirlwind of memory. In these wise and darkly animated poems, the wrinkled lines between dream and dreamer are called into question, and a curious and grief-struck eye turns to watch itself wander, from room to room, through its own joy and sadness—the voices in Peterson’s newest collection can only, despite their loudest and wildest attempts, speak to themselves, and through that silence, they speak to everyone. —Grant Kittrell

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781941209974
Publisher: Press 53
Publication date: 02/15/2019
Pages: 90
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.22(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue

The Thing I Want to Say

Homage to Elmwood Avenue

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

Whirlwinds

The Argument

My New Friend

Fun

Mentor

Mud

The Future

Whirlwind

The Still Alive

The Niche

Wild Man

Bullets

One Wish

Seizure

In the Flesh

The Grip

Learning to Speak

The Lairs

Your White Shoes

The Garden

Dead Ringer

Mr. Reflex Man

Headless

Let it Come

Hooks

Lines of Sight

At Night

Speech Minus Applause

The Lairs

The Final Days

In Defense of Permanence

Prelude to a Move

Karma

What You Know

The Way It Is

Epilogue

Minerals

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