Singing is prohibited in this café. / Torture is permitted in this café.
The doctor wears his pink shirt with the sleeves rolled up.
“Plank,” a memorial poem for the late John McCracken.
Columbia College’s Film Row Cinema, Chicago
April 9, 2009
This First Proof contains the poems “The Birds,” “Babysittin’ Boogie,” and “Windows,” which comprised the winning entry in BOMB’s 2008 poetry prize.
In Flight Among the Tombs, Pulitzer Prize-winner Anthony Hecht assumes the voice of Death—as a society lady, a Mexican revolutionary, a film director, and, of course, a poet. Daniel Anderson and Philip Stephens survey thirty years of Hecht’s poetry.
Elegy for the Harris Theatre
At Forty Second Street before the changing of the light
and bus station at Eighth there was a movie house: a pit
“Does my voice not reach you, are you not haunted
by its somber testimony?”