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Brian Teare
Brian Teare is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and MacDowell Colony. He has published poetry and criticism in American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Ploughshares, Provincetown Arts, St. Mark's Poetry Project Newsletter, Seneca Review, Verse and VOLT, as well as in the anthologies Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century and At the Barriers: The Poetry of Thom Gunn. His first book, The Room Where I Was Born, won the 2003 Brittingham Prize and the 2004 Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry. His second book, Sight Map, is out from University of California Press; his third, Pleasure, will be published in 2010 by Ahsahta Press. He lives in San Francisco, where he teaches and makes books by hand for his micropress, Albion Books.

Vision is question

(Ives :
July 4th)




Brian Teare
afternoon encumbered

by thunderbirches

turned dirtycurvy

piss-yellow stormlight

& someone singingbehind the trees' screena place in the soul

all made of tunesof long ago
"a certain
—but it is hardto love
kind of ecstasy"
old men'ssentimental

off-key singingeven

when beautymoved themas it moves usto watch fire

works in wartimeeerie green
"but they sing
mimeticsound of missiles
in my soul"
whistlingbitter smoke

smothers the fielda song our fathers loved:Shall wegather at the river?


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