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Today's poem is "If you Hire a Poet to Draw a Map"
from Kimonos in the Closet

University of Pittsburgh Press

David Shumate is the author of The Floating Bridge and High Water Mark, winner of the 2003 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize. His poetry has appeared widely in literary journals and has been anthologized in Good Poems for Hard Times, The Best American Poetry and The Writer's Almanac. Shumate is poet-in-residence at Marian University and lives in Zionsville, Indiana.

Books by David Shumate:

Other poems on the web by David Shumate:
Two poems
Thirteen poems
Two poems
Four poems
"The Soldierís Hundredth Birthday Cake"
"A Good Idea"
"The Long Road"

David Shumate According to Wikipedia.

About Kimonos in the Closet:

"These are enormously arresting, odd, wryly humorous, gripping poems. And the variety of subject matter is astounding. I donít know when Iíve enjoyed reading a book so much."
—David Budbill

"Donít be fooled by the corners on David Shumateís exquisite texts. They may be shaped like footstools, but they move across your mind like racing shells, leaving bright images and big ideas in their wake. Emily Dickinson tells us that literature will take us where no mere boat goes, and Shumate proves her right with these poems of great beauty, of startling insight."
—David Kirby

"Iíve run out of adjectives to describe David Shumateís genius and trajectory as a writer, thinker, and witness to history. To find yourself in the wilderness of a Shumate poem is to be confronted with looming questions: For whom, truly, do we have compassion, and how deep are we willing to go within ourselves to find such compassion? Kimonos in the Closet is as subtle as it is inventive, as inventive as it is indispensable."
—Michael McGriff



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