Today's poem is "Before it Was a Business"
from The Death of the Poem and Other Paragraphs

Main Street Rag

Justin Courter is the author of the novel Skunk: A Love Story, available from Omnidawn Publishing. He lives in New York City and works for the Wildlife Conservation Society.

Books by Justin Courter: The Death of the Poem: And Other Paragraphs, Skunk: A Love Story

Other poems on the web by Justin Courter:
Three poems
Two poems
Two poems
Two poems

Justin Courter's Website.

About The Death of the Poem and Other Paragraphs:

"The Death of the Poem is one of the most entertaining, witty, surprising books Iíve read in years. Itís also, in the best possible way, very weird. But these poems arenít merely winkingly surreal, but are filled with anxiety, insight, and rage, pointing always toward very real human passions and difficulties."
—Kevin Prufer

"A consumer devours himself, a junk-food addict eats from garbage cans, a titmouse lives in a womanís bra: there is a demented literal-mindedness to these funny, fast-paced prose poems that turns the world inside out and reveals every smidgen of its goofy, delicious splendor."
—David Kirby

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