The Moving Out: Collected Early Poems

The Moving Out: Collected Early Poems

by John Morgan


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John Morgan studied with Robert Lowell at Harvard and won the Hatch Prize for Lyric Poetry. He received his M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers' Workshop where he was awarded the Academy of American Poets Prize. In 1976, he moved with his family to Fairbanks, Alaska to direct the creative writing program at the University of Alaska. Each of Morgan's first three books was chosen for publication in national competitions. He has published three books with Salmon Poetry. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, The American Poetry Review, The Paris Review, The Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, The New Republic, and more. He has won the Discovery Award of the New York Poetry Center, first prize in the Carolina Quarterly Poetry Contest, and has received writing grants from the Alaska State Council on the Arts and the Rasmuson Foundation. He was awarded a scholarship to the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, and a writing fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. In 2009, he served as the first writer-in-residence at Denali National Park.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781912561421
Publisher: Salmon Poetry
Publication date: 05/28/2019
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

The Bone-Duster

In Which A Total Eclipse Of The Moon… 13

The Natural History of Love 14

Our 'Civilization' 15

The War Poem 17

Then 18

The Balloonists 20

The Twenty-Six Years War 22

The Nine-Sided Cabin 23

Listen 25

The Bone-Duster 26

On The Path to the Observatory 27

"Le Jockey" 29

The Infant Son 30

The Wildness of Wild Animals 31

Penelope's Lover 32

Out-of-the-Body Travel 33

Keeping up with the Dead 37

To Our Customers … 39

The Dolphins of Atlantis 41

Spring Afternoon 42

A Little Nightmusic 43

Seasonal 45

Smoke 46

America 48

Sonnet of the Lost Labor 49

Short Poem 50

Portrait and a Dream: For Jackson Pollock 51

The Refugee 53

The Imaginary Dump Truck 54

Trees 55

Sitka at Dusk 57

The Arctic Herd


The Tower, Oquossoc, Maine: Aug. 6, 1979 61

Barnstorming 63

The Killing of Anton Webern 64

The Arctic Herd 66

Her Ecstasy 67

Cabin on the Yukon 68

At Lindbergh's Grave 69

The Snake-Hunt: Gallup, New Mexico 70

The Endless Fall: El Moro, 1958 71

The Slingshot 72


Cape Prince of Wales, Alaska: A Suite 75


Arizona Highways 83

Dust 84

Chekhov Variation 85

Expedition North 87

Second Son 88

Ambush 89

The End 91

After Innocence 92

The Behaviorist 94

The Fugitive 95


Her Injury: For Nancy 99

Modern Times 100

The Psychoanalysis Of Fire 101

The Inlet: 102

I Paint My Face Blue 103

Two Old Men In Hats: A Photograph 105

Saint-Cloud In Mist 106

The Reef 107

The Moving Out 108

The Buck 109

Walking Past Midnight


The Siege of Leningrad, 1941-42 113

While the Pope and the President Meet at the Fairbanks Airport, The Poet Takes a Walk 115

Pictures of the Dead 117

Walking Past Midnight 118

Sitting on a Wasp 120

The Wreck 121

Crossing the Rhine 123

Approaching The Whitestone Bridge 124

Letter from the Camp: The Pearl Fishers 126

The Inside Passage 127


Above the Tanana 128


The Cyclist 147


The Third Walk: Mckinley Park Hotel To Mt. Healy Overlook 157

To the Muse 159

A Dirt Road West of Fairbanks 161

The Suppressed 162

Osteology of the Ants 163

Uss Argonaut 165

Married 166

Moo 167

Rembrandt on the Hudson 168

The Beach Walk at Port Townsend, Wa 169

Spells And Auguries

1 Prologue: Song For Ben 173

2 Sirens And Flashing Lights 174

3 Diagnosis 175

4 Medevacked 176

5 Sleepless To Seattle: Nancy 177

6 Kids Bowling For Kids 178

7 Intensive Care 179

8 Punctuated Equilibrium 180

9 On The Ward 181

10 Minor Surgery: Fairbanks 182

11 The Bottom Line 183

12 Ben's Ennui 184

13 The Concert 185

14 A Spell 186

15 Death Of The Keeper 187

16 State Cup Final: Palmer, Alaska 188

17 The Unanswered Question 189

18 The Scan; Children's Hospital, Boston 190

19 The Next Step 191

20 Decision Time 192

21 Back Home 193

22 At Snowmass 194

23 Sleepwalker: Casa Del Balam, Merida 195

24 Controlled Burn 196

Index of Titles 198

About the Author 203

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