Today's poem is "One Twenty-One A.M."
from Hilarity

Western Michigan University Press

Patty Seyburn 's third book of poems, Hilarity, won the Green Rose Prize given by New Issues Poetry & Prose. She has published two books of poems: Mechanical Cluster (Ohio State University Press, 2002) and Diasporadic (Helicon Nine Editions, 1998) which won the 1997 Marianne Moore Poetry Prize and the American Library Association's Notable Book Award for 2000. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals including The Paris Review, New England Review, Field, Slate, Crazyhorse, Cutbank, Quarterly West, Bellingham Review, Connecticut Review, Cimarron Review, Third Coast and Western Humanities Review. Seyburn grew up in Detroit, earned a BS and an MS in Journalism from Northwestern University, an MFA in Poetry from University of California, Irvine, and a Ph.D. in Poetry and Literature from the University of Houston. She is an Assistant Professor at California State University, Long Beach and co-editor of POOL: A Journal of Poetry, based in Los Angeles. She lives with her husband, Eric Little, and their two children, Sydney and Will.

All the poems by Patty Seyburn that have appeared on Verse Daily:
August 18, 2007:   "Perfection Letter (viii)" " The senior v.p. in charge of h.r...."
October 14, 2002:  "Bartender Cain at the Alibi Lounge" "You're right, I tell you, and no, it's not fair...."

Books by Patty Seyburn:

Other poems on the web by Patty Seyburn:
"There is No Escaping the Inedible"
Two poems
"Fairytale Smalltalk"
"Sense of Things"
"Change of clothes? The very clothes of change!"
"Younger Man"
"In the Mouth"
"Art in America"
"Pathetic Pathetic Fallacy"
"Manifest of Regret and Acceptance"
"The Only Way"
Two poems

Patty Seyburn's Website.

About Hilarity:

"In a time when there’s little to laugh about, Patty Seyburn’s Hilarity is an epic punch line: sparkling and smart. I rely on her ‘sort of music eliding joy and pain’ —and the echoes in the great church of disbelief to keep us all sane and savvy. Read Hilarity and weep, and laugh. And get better because of it."
—Patty Seyburn

"Patty Seyburn’s Hilarity is a skeptic’s playground, in which we learn that Dante ‘layered Hell like a taco salad,’ that God created the ocean with waves ‘in tiers’ instead of vertical, and an escaping butterfly triggers the rhyme of ‘reason’ with ‘treason.’ Seyburn is also mistress of nocturnal phantasmagoria, in a series of insomnia and dream and nightmare poems that dredge ‘the silt and mud of memory.’ Is she also, however, a closet romantic? You will have to read the seven poker-faced ‘chapters’ of the title poem to find out."
—Alicia Ostriker

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