Today's poem is "Feeding a Poem to a Horse"
from Long Division

Tupelo Press

Alan Michael Parker has published five books of poems, has published two novels and served as editor of the whimsical anthology, The Imaginary Poets (Tupelo, 2005). His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The American Poetry Review, Paris Review, The Best American Poetry 2011, and elsewhere. He teaches writing and literature at Davidson College and in the Queens University low-residency M.F.A. program. He lives in Davidson, North Carolina, with the artist Felicia van Bork.

Other poems by Alan Michael Parker in Verse Daily:
February 13, 2012:   "A Prisoner of Things" "If only this novel were trashier..."
October 13, 2004:  "Elephants and Butterflies" "I'm reading Roman history at dinner..."

Books by Alan Michael Parker:

Other poems on the web by Alan Michael Parker:
Two poems
Two poems
"Lovesong with Motor Vehicle"
"Sprezzatura with Two Rabbits"
Three poems
"Stuck at a Crossing on a Bad Birthday in the Age of Diesel"
"I Have Been Given a Baseball ..."

Alan Michael Parker's Website.

About Long Division:

"Alan Michael Parker possesses a mind completely unlike any poet at work in America today, finding in the clutter around us not just sources of sadness, wit, and playful irony--but also profound ambivalence about a world in which our past is not recoverable, in which the work of the mind upon the landscape is the true source of meaning, in which we all inhabit 'the arc of Story graphed upon the axes of Love and Death.' I have long considered Parker to be one of the most brilliant poets at work in America today. Long Division, his best book yet, confirms that."
—Kevin Prufer

"Alan Michael Parker, in style and in stance ('Sadness remains my politics,' he writes), demonstrates that wit and irony have much more to offer us than we've known. In one masterful poem after another composed with luminous attention to the poetic line, Parker conducts the long divisions toward reconciliation between contentment and the necessity of asking more from ourselves, each other, and the world. He assures us our redemption, but proves that it requires the cunning and exuberance only a poet of his talent can muster for the rest of us. I feel blessed by these poems in Long Division, the work of a poetic troubleshooter intent on spreading grace on everything before him."
—Khaled Mattawa

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