Today's poem is "The Open-Air Recital Survived a Shaky Start"
from Shadow Ball: New and Selected Poems

University of Pittsburgh Press

Charles Harper Webb is the author of numerous poetry collections, including Reading the Water, Liver, Tulip Farms and Leper Colonies, Hot Popsicles, and Amplified Dog. His poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Best American Poetry, the Pushcart Prize, and Poets of the New Century. Webb has received the Morse Prize, Kate Tufts Discovery Award, Pollak Prize, and Saltman Prize, as well as a Whiting Writer's Award and a Guggenheim fellowship. He is professor of English at California State University, Long Beach, and directs the MFA in Creative Writing program there.

Other poems by Charles Harper Webb in Verse Daily:
July 2, 2006:   "Biochemically Speaking, People Are Close Relatives of Soy" " Soy beans lack perky breasts, it's true...."
May 16, 2003:  "I Never Promised You a Worm Farm" "When her psychology patients start her wishing..."

Books by Charles Harper Webb:

Other poems on the web by Charles Harper Webb:
Five poems
Two poems
"What We Believe"
"Swimming Lesson"
"The Animals are Leaving"
"Foul Play"
Four poems
Seven poems
"To Make My Countrymen Love Poetry"
"The Animals are Leaving "

Charles Harper Webb according to Wikipedia.

About Shadow Ball: New and Selected Poems:

"For over two decades I've been reading, with great pleasure, the utterly unique poems of Charles Harper Webb. Operating somewhere between the lyric and the narrative—that rich grasslands where absolute clarity and reverberant mystery can happily exist—Shadow Ball shows us why we love poetry: it tries to tell us the truth and because the truth is often painful it sometimes makes us laugh."
—Thomas Lux

"'Unscrew the locks from the doors! / Unscrew the doors themselves from their jambs!' Walt Whitman declared, and Charles Webb has come bursting through with great vitality and energy, with his sly wit and his dark irony, his funny bone and his rage, his rock-and-roll sensibility and his American gift for gab, his skepticism and his faith, his cunning art. It is a joy to have this life's work gathered together."
—Edward Hirsch

"Hurray for Shadow Ball! Now the best of Charles Harper Webb's brilliant and funny poems are packed into one book. And the new ones are just as good. Here is a major poet of the twenty-first century who makes us laugh but also gulp uneasily at his spooky knowledge of human nature."
—Maura Stanton

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