Today's poem is "Following"
from Precarious

42 Miles Press

Allan Peterson is a poet and visual artist whose work has appeared in print and online in national and international journals for many years. He is the author of four books: Fragile Acts, McSweeney's Poetry Series, a finalist for both the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award and the Oregon Book Award; As Much As, Salmon Press, Ireland; All the Lavish in Common, 2005 Juniper Prize, University of Massachusetts; Anonymous Or, Defined Providence Prize, and six chapbooks, notably Omnivore, winner of the 2009 Boom Prize from Bateau Press, Any Given Moment, Right Hand Pointing online, and Stars on a Wire, University of Alabama's Institute for the Book Arts 1989. His work was selected by Poet Laureate Ted Kooser for his American Life in Poetry Series (#159) and appears in several anthologies: American Poetry At the End of the Millennium, Poetry of the American Apocalypse (Green Mountains Review), Don't Leave Hungry: 50 Years of the Southern Poetry Review, and in critical essays in Stephen Burt's “Close Calls with Nonsense: Reading New Poetry.” He has received prizes from, among others, Alligator Juniper, Arts & Letters, GSU Review, the American Poet Prize, Comstock Review, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and The State of Florida. He read from his work at the 2010 Cuisle International Poetry Festival in Limerick, Ireland, and was a poetry panelist at the 61st Conference on World Affairs, University of Colorado.

Other poems by Allan Peterson in Verse Daily:
October 3, 2011:   "As Far As I Know" "As far as I know is not that far..."
September 14, 2010:   "Omnivore" "Perhaps I could even eat candles and survive..."
October 30, 2008:   "Red" by "Such a red is extreme in these precincts..."
October 13, 2008:   "Over a Ballpoint" "They are afraid they said..."
July 1, 2007:   "Matter and Disappearance" " I know my heart brings me missiles..."
June 10, 2004:  "As If Galvanic" "As soon as I sweep, the thrashers put the leaves back..."
April 8, 2003:  "The Totality of Facts" "The laughing gull that flew behind the fencepost..."

Books by Allan Peterson:

Other poems on the web by Allan Peterson:
Six poems
Four poems
"End in Itself"
Two poems
Three poems

Allan Peterson's Website.

Allan Peterson According to Wikipedia.

About Precarious:

"The poems in Precarious are profound and rewarding. Allan Peterson's poetry is truly prismatic, suggesting a complex mind philosophically engaged with a rich world, a world in which we can only come to know our interior selves through interaction with a glimmering, constantly shifting, ungraspable reality. 'The brain; he writes, 'has a sense of itself I the mind, and the mind I has a sense of itself, the soul I and the soul sees itself I in others ... :Witty, filled with intensity of music, image and intelligence, this is Allan Peterson at his very best."
—Bevin Prufer

"Allan Peterson is the kind of poet that makes me want to call in sick from the office so I can stay home all day reading his work, he makes me want to shoplift copies of his books to give to friends, he's the kind of poet I would perjure myself for. In short I would lie, steal, and cheat if it meant having Allan Peterson's poetry in the world."
—Matthew Dickman

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