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The poems in something has to happen next, if given the chance, might peer down inquisitively from a great height; they speak of quietness, namelessness, the reachlessness of love, the fortune of animals and their silence, apocalypse, abandonment, beginnings, and endings.

Working with brevity and compression, Andrew Michael Roberts first imagines how small he can go with a
Paperback, 68 pages
Published March 16th 2009 by University Of Iowa Press
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Ellen Mcgrath
I first read this young poet's work in the Rose Metal Guide to Prose Poetry, which I shared with a student who is doing an independent study with me this summer. She liked his work and sensibility so much she ordered this book, wrote a response on it, and let me borrow it. In part one, with little 3-line poems, I wasn't so taken. But in the eponymous part two of the book, there are some striking poems, such as:

somewhere a buried bone awaits

not physics, but loosed dogs who lick the earth
and makes
A poem from something has to happen next by Andrew Michael Roberts:

the short story of my beard

in my beard, a trailer park,
a cyclone fence, a forest.
dumpsters the skinny trash bears
sneak out to root through at night.
their claws cast sparks. lightbulbs,
porkbones. aerosol cans they eat
and explode. in my beard, army tanks.
the thunder of anti-aircraft artillery.
everything's blue from the trailers'
tvs. blue soldiers, blue birds building nests
in the still-tepid barrels.
in my beard, the children are not
Amber Beaman
Not a big fan of the two line poems. Roberts seems to pick one emotion, one thought, one phrase or word, and write about it in a way that we can all recognize and connect with--and that I liked. Won the Iowa Prize, but I expected something more.
This is one I'd like to own, to open randomly every once in a while and see what sort of little quirky idea pops out. Tiny, brief poems, full of lightness and depth and that mysterious something that makes me want to read them again and again.
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Andrew Michael Roberts has a new book of poems called **good beast** coming from Burnside Review Books in 2015. He is the author of **something has to happen next** from the University of Iowa Press, some chapbooks, and a handful of erasure collections. He lives with his wife Sarah in Portland, Oregon, where he spends his time as a cardiology nurse, a cyclist, a sasquatch enthusiast, a library reg ...more
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