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Litany for the City

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"This is a powerful first collection by a very promising new writer—successfully announcing what will hopefully be a long-lasting presence in contemporary poetry."—MARY: A Journal for New Writing

Selected by Jane Hirshfield from over six hundred manuscripts, Litany for the City is the winner of the tenth annual A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize. Of Litany for the City, Hirshfield
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Paperback, 88 pages
Published April 10th 2012 by BOA Editions Ltd.
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Susan Rich
Aug 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I love this book. Discovering Litany for the City by Ryan Teitman is an unexpected joy. And I love the fact that I found this collection at my favorite full service bookstore the Elliot Bay Book Company on Capitol Hill (Seattle) by just browsing the books. Of course the evocative cover art helped lead me to the opening poems as did the forward by Jane Hirshfield. I was primed.

I want to find the line

where the city becomes the city,
where invention becomes instrument.

These are some of my favorit
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Apr 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
My review of the book is here: http://nancychenlong.blogspot.com/201...
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May 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Beautiful. My 4-month-old son likes them too. "To name something is to know it differently."
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"Ode to a Hawk with Wings Burning" : http://www.sycamorereview.com/2010/08...
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“Ode, Elegy, Aubade, Pslam"

1
The songbird that escapes
from a burning house
will build its nest
in the shape of a cage.

2
This is one thing
we know: song begs
for the places that make it
grow from seed to starling,

3
places that put the heart’s hemlock
in an empty rowboat
and heave it from the shore.

4
We only praise what we cannot
keep: violin strings berried with rain,
teacups overflowing with brandywine,
radios sickened with static.

5
Glass tossed out with the tide
will come back smoother and stranger,
but never to the same person.

6
This is something we want
to know. The woman in love
never touches her ears.

7
The man in his house is always lost
without her.

8
Morning pulls light
from the dark like a boy
hoisting a trout from the lake
by its clean, pink gills.

9
When the woman escapes
from a burning house
she will know the path of the wind,

10
how it writes its scripture
in peach blossoms blown
into a baby’s empty pram.

11
She’ll feel it compose its words
against her body, against the night,
against the water, in an endless, artless psalm.”
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