Today's poem is "I Write You This on a Train Named for an Endangered Bird"
from Sympathy from the Devil

Gold Wake Press

Kyle McCord is the author of three books of poetry: Galley of the Beloved in Torment (Dream Horse Press, 2009), a co-written book of epistolary poems entitled Informal Invitations to a Traveler (Gold Wake Press, 2011) and Sympathy from the Devil (Gold Wake Press, 2013). He has work featured in Boston Review, Columbia Poetry Journal, Catch-Up, Gulf Coast, VOLT and elsewhere. His critical work has appeared in Diode, Rattle, and Pleiades where he is a regular reviewer. He's received grants or awards from the Academy of American Poets, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Iowa Poetry Association. He's the 2012 recipient of the Baltic Writing Residency. Along with Wendy Xu, he is a co-founder of the Younger American Poets Reading Series and co-edits iO: A Journal of New American Poetry. He is a teaching fellow in the PhD program in Creative Writing at the University of North Texas in Denton, TX.

Other poems by Kyle McCord in Verse Daily:
June 17, 2010:   "There Was One Tongue and It Was Forgotten" "I live in a house. My closet..."

Books by Kyle McCord:

Other poems on the web by Kyle McCord:
Three poems
"The Poem is Not the Anatomical Heart"
"[When a man loves a woman, he is asked: Soup or salad]"
"[Perhaps this day marks the end of your kayak internship]"
"They Said You Were to Be a Conquistador"
Two poems
"It Was a Rat That Carried Your Heart to the Sea"
"What's Left"
"Self Seen as Art 5"
Two poems
"To Gracefully Accept One's Station"
Two poems
"Autumn Crocus"
"The Princess, the Boar, the Moon"

Kyle McCord's Blog.

Kyle McCord's Website.

About Sympathy from the Devil:

"In Kyle McCord's new book Gabriel empathizes, the Devil sympathizes, and an exhausted God watches a televangelist. Moving, imaginative and full of surprising turns, McCord's poems are alive with both the world and the dead who 'have no word for intimate, and a thousand words for blind.' I love the abundance of these poems, their humor, the music that made my ears howl and purr. When I dream about McCord's poems dreaming of me, I ride an aging mechanical bull, werewolves take over the city, Abraham Lincoln begs to rip off my blouse, God's love vanishes into my body like bread. I wake up hungry, afraid, laughing."
—Traci Brimhall

"In Kyle McCord's mercurial and visionary new book, Sympathy from the Devil, we see a bold refiguring of the moral imagination that, like a Dante without a Beatrice, wanders hell bereft of the traditional compass that would clarify the archetypes. Here the eye opens wide its compassion in the dark. Play transgresses and so, in opposition to the self-servitude of sublimity and rapture, sheds light on cruelties and exclusions suffered in the name of the ideal. Everywhere we look in this book, we find the generosity and precision of paradox. The pleasure of absurdity may distance heartbreak, but it likewise binds us to it, such that the poet's lightness of touch and ranginess of sensibility becomes indistinguishable from his vision, the sense that one half of sympathy is always the embrace, the other the letting go. A stunning collection."
—Bruce Bond

"'What do you want from any of us, reader?' asks the first poem in Kyle McCord's Sympathy from the Devil, bristling a bit, cocking its chin, letting us know that what follows will never be exactly what we expect. The book brims with wily intelligence and unsettling humor that challenge and surprise and thrill and move us so that in the end what we want is everything this terrific book has to give."
—Corey Marks

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