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The Elephant's Child: New & Selected Poems 1978-2005

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The Elephant’s Child: New and Selected Poems 1978–2005 offers a generous retrospective from a poet whose passionate, straight-talking poems have been delighting readers for forty years. Orlen writes about what it means to be male in our time and culture, and does so with disarming charm, honesty, directness, and humor. Like the elephant’s child in the Kipling tale, he has
Paperback, 240 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by Ausable Press
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Narrative at its best. Narrative with imagination:

...How much of the brain's chemistry
Is narrative and how much imagination
Nudging narrative along?

(from "The Great Wheel")

Someone in workshop said that Steve would always say that a poem had to be "mean." What meanness you find in his poems is always tempered by his delightful curiosity,his charming brashness, his unlikely consideration.

I didn't know Steve well, but one morning before classes started, we sat down on a bench and talked for an hour
Probably gets an extra star cause I love Steve O.
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