Today's poem is "The Telemarketer Takes a Workshop"
from The Four Horsepersons of a Disappointing Apocalypse

Steel Toe Books

Gabriel Welsch writes both fiction and poetry. Previous collections of poetry include The Death of Flying Things (WordTech.. 2012), Dirt and All Its Dense Labor (WordTech, 2006) and An Eye Fluent in Gray, a chapbook (Seven Kitchens Press, 2010). His work has appeared in more than one hundred different journals and magazines, including Southern Review, Mid-American Review, New Letters, PANK, Ascent, West Branch, Chautauqua, and The Georgia Review. In the Best American Short Stories 2012, one of his stories was included in the list of "Other Distinguished Stories of 2011." He earned his MFA at Penn State and now lives in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, with his family, and works as vice president of advancement and marketing at Juniata College and occasionally teaches writing at the Chautauqua Institution.

Books by Gabriel Welsch:

Other poems on the web by Gabriel Welsch:
Five poems
Three poems
"Illusion in Winter"
"His One and Only"
"The Fourth of July"
Three poems

About The Four Horsepersons of a Disappointing Apocalypse :

"Gabriel Welsch's remarkable third collection boisterously offers up a wonderfully imaginative romp through the wilds of pop-culture and various amusing suburban conflicts. These poems are at once hilarious and tender in their resolve to praise the very pulse of a busy life-even if we face the knowledge that 'loss fires the blood/ loss starts the day, blood fired is the day.' In poem after poem, Welsch displays a rare understanding of what it means to reward the reader by untfhoadaing wild, brave, and beautiful truths about the human condition."
—Aimee Nezhukumatathil

"Welsch's vision is spectacular, even when he's looking at the apparently mundane. Where we might deign just a passing glance ...Welsch looks carefully, then looks again. Welsch has taken the common details of our lives and "made them treasures," dialing up poetry in the most surprising moments."
—Camille T. Dungy

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