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Richard Pearse was born in western Michigan and has degrees from Carleton College, Berkeley, and Columbia. He has a chapbook, Landscape of Skin and Single Rooms (Audit Press), and was featured in an issue of Monday Morning Press. Over seventy-five of his poems and stories have appeared in some thirty-five magazines, including The Paris Review, New York Quarterly, Prairie Schooner, Rattapallax, and Fiction.
In the last four years, after a long layoff, he has been writing many poems, some fifty of which have been published. In 1996 he received the Chester H. Jones award for one of his poems in their national contest. A book of these recent poems, Come Back Vanishing, has appeared in the February of 1999, put out by Linear Arts Books.
He is a professor of English literature and tutors in the Master of Fine Arts program at Brooklyn College, and he teaches American literature at New York University. He lives with his wife and various cats in New York City.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
Doom & Me
Hello, Ultimate Doom. How are things?
All these years you've been doing my job for me--
isn't it time you relaxed? Here,
have some tea, I forget
how you take it, take it my way, milk & honey.
Here, here's the cup for your cloudy hands.
I've been trying off & on to keep the books
on us, our empires, those world wars--
easy to get behind, though. You know how it is,
so many things to notice every day
on this one little block of newsstands & delis.
Plus I've got my hobbies. I took up the kazoo,
did I tell you? Here, let me hum
something for you--no no, don't go yet!
Why so touchy about a little light music?
Want another cup? Stay--you almost never come around
these days, let me at least say thanks--
where would I be without you?
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Book Description Linear Arts Books, 1998. Condition: Good. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Seller Inventory # GRP92790650