The Two Fat Books Beside My Bed

  1. Wallace Stevens: Selected Poems. John N. Serio, editor. (Knopf / Borzoi 2009).
  2. The Tibetan Book of the Dead. Gyurme Dorje, translator; Graham Coleman, editor (with Thupten Jinpa). (Penguin 2007).

Author: jd

Joseph Duemer is Professor of Literature Emeritus at Clarkson University in northern New York state. His most recent book of poems is Magical Thinking from Ohio State University Press. Since the mid-1990s he has spent a good deal of time in Vietnam, mostly Hanoi. He lives with his wife Carole & five terriers (four Jack Russells & one Patterdale) on the stony bank of the Raquette River in South Colton.

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  1. Here’s a dis piece I wrote I don’t know when but maybe in this 21st century. Any suggestions for improvement or at least something clearer and not as wonky? Ed

    OUTLAWS IN AN ABALONE MOON
    We are all our own little orbits
    drifting past, crossing each other today
    as I write in Pacific daylight time
    on the San Francisco Bay believing
    downswings will upswing hoping
    for right-side-ups in next year’s
    words with another voice seeking
    an end of the fore-defeated, of the
    use and profiting of others as we
    follow the concept of ‘the commons’
    because we are all outsiders/ outlaws
    in a global-village commons drifting
    through in milky moonstone orbits
    under an unfinished abalone moon.

    © Edward Mycue

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