Today's poem is "Poem for the National Hobo Association Poetry Contest"
from Notes for My Body Double

Bison Books

Paul Guestis the author of The Resurrection of the Body and the Ruin of the World, winner of the 2002 New Issues Poetry Prize, and of the chapbook Exit Interview. Coeditor of Mot Juste, Guest has taught poetry and writing at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and the University of Alabama.

Other poems by Paul Guest in Verse Daily:
July 17, 2007:   "Seduction With Entropy" " If you think I'm honest, speak to me..."
May 23, 2007:   "My Nightmare" " My nightmare isn't falling or even falling..."
December 23, 2006:   "Questions for Silence" " In its first thin tide. In the place..."
October 18, 2006:   "The God of Neglect, Overheard" " O hearts fat with custard, and sweet..."
March 24, 2006:   "The Numbers are Not In" " The world is filled with those who want..."
May 12, 2003:  "Apogean" "All this floating is ridiculous, and the stars..."
April 10, 2003:  "The Flesh" "Walking to get medicine / for a pet, I am tempted..."
February 13, 2003:  "The Advent of Zero" "I know that someday you will tire of everything..."
August 15, 2002:  "The Last Words of Alice the Goon" "Understand me now: the light is lace..."

Books by Paul Guest: Notes for My Body Double, The Resurrection of the Body and the Ruin of the World

Other poems on the web by Paul Guest:
Eight Poems
"Seven Poems"
Three Poems
"Donald Duck's Lament"

Paul Guest's Blog.

About Notes for My Body Double:

"How can there be radiance and plentitude in the dark, diminished world? What can a child's broken neck make of the future? Paul Guest's poems are answers to these questions. They are incandescent, terrifying, scalding, and unafraid to be lovely. In Guest's poems ardor marries grief. Blood beats a mighty river. The idiotic weds the sublime. Romance meets its nullifying twin. They have the force of wonder. They wound. Notes for My Body Double accrues a music that channels Muscle Shoals and Memphis—a blues of hunger, angels, secrets and fire."
—Bruce Smith

"Paul Guest has managed to write, simultaneously, to and of himself, in poems that balance the narrative and lyrical impulses with uncommon grace."
—Bob Hicok

"Notes for My Body Double has the utmost integrity: all its parts interconnect and clearly relate to an overarching theme. The poet underscores this by arranging the poems in a continuous rush forcing the reader into the skin of the one whose future has altered in an instant. Whatever redemption the speaker experiences arrives primarily through love of language and imagination (‘In praise of the fat moon, in praise of my howl’). This relentless collection is not easy to read, but its rewards are manifold."
—Carole Simmons Oles

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