Dear Delinquent

Dear Delinquent

by Ann Townsend


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Is it possible for poetry to be simultaneously raw and elegant, direct and oblique, hurtful and consoling? Yes, says Dear Delinquent, Ann Townsend's incandescent new collection. "My heart presses my ribcage like an octagon fist," she writes, taking on the persona of both betrayed and betrayer. Through poems that masterfully recall the styles of Sylvia Plath or Philip Larkin, Townsend convinces us that, even if its most destructive forms, love is the driving force behind all behavior.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781946448347
Publisher: Sarabande Books
Publication date: 05/07/2019
Pages: 72
Sales rank: 741,405
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Ann Townsend is the author ofDime Store EroticsandThe Coronary Garden. She is the editor (with David Baker) of a collection of essays,Radiant Lyre: on Lyric Poetry, and is currently at work on a collection of essays on poetry, translation, and the natural world. Her poetry and essays have appeared in such magazines asPoetry,The Paris Review,The Nation,The Kenyon Review, and many others. The recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ohio Arts Council, she has also received fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, the MacDowell Colony, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Bernheim Arboretum, and the Lannan Foundation. She is the co-founder of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. In 2016 she, along with co-founders Cate Marvin and Erin Belieu, accepted the Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award, given in recognition of their work for the larger literary community. A Professor of English and Creative Writing and Director of the Writing Program at Denison University in Granville, Ohio, Ann Townsend hybridizes modern daylilies at Bittersweet Farm.

Table of Contents

How Excessively I Love 1


Life Line 5

Let Me Pat It Like This 7

Why He Didn't Say It 9

The Seal 11

The Late Ash Trees 12

Racing Season 14

Earthward 15

Here Be Dragons 17


Lives of the Troubadour Poets 21

Meretricious Kisses 23

Errors of Beauty 24

The Spring of Life 25

Epitaph for Two 28

Hotel Phenomenology 30

Kissification 32

Dear Delinquent 33


The Lighthouse 37

Millay's Hair 38

The Mind Is Its Own Place 40

A Unified Berlin 42

Since All Flesh Is Grass 44

Unbridled 45

Dressage 47

Doll 48


O Felon Heart 51

The View from Inside 52

Jeopardy 53

From His Car 54

Pitch Standard 55

The Space We Made That Had No Name 56

A Sign 57

Shallow Water 58


All Clear 63

The Abattoir 66

Entropy Atlas 67

Lives of the British Poets 68

Swallow 70

June Bug 71

The Red Corsage 73

Post-Surgical Lepidoptera 74

Notes 77

Acknowledgments 79

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