Today's poem is "Dog Years"
from Strange Life

Mayapple Press

Eleanor Lerman is a writer who lives in New York. Her first book of poetry, Armed Love (Wesleyan University Press, 1973), published when she was twenty-one, was nominated for a National Book Award. She has since published several other award-winning collections of poetry—Come the Sweet By and By (University of Massachusetts Press, 1975); The Mystery of Meteors (Sarabande Books, 2001); Our Post-Soviet History Unfolds (Sarabande Books, 2005); and The Sensual World Re-Emerges (Sarabande Books, 2010), along with The Blonde on the Train (Mayapple Press, 2009) a collection of short stories. She was awarded the 2006 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets and the Nation magazine for the year’s most outstanding book of poetry for Our Post-Soviet History Unfolds and received a 2007 Poetry Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2011 she received a Guggenheim Fellowship. Her first novel, Janet Planet, based on the life of Carlos Castaneda, was published by Mayapple Press in 2011.

Other poems by Eleanor Lerman in Verse Daily:
May 31, 2010:   "A Rainy Night in a Crowded City" "Once, I knew a man who liked to talk to me..."
October 5, 2006:   "Why We Took the Coastal Evacuation Route" " We took our souvenirs and our unemployment checks...."

Books by Eleanor Lerman:

Other poems on the web by Eleanor Lerman:
"Strange Life"
Three poems
Fifteen poems
Seven poems
"The Marfa Lights"
Three poems

Eleanor Lerman's Website.

Eleanor Lerman According to Wikipedia.

About Strange Life:

"The poems in Eleanor Lerman’s, Strange Life, in their different yet recognizable voices — old beats, social activist and dreamers — speak to us of where we have been, of how it has been along the way and where we might be going. There is joy in the recognition and yet something unnerving. Whether dealing with the large truths of this life or the small daily occurrences these poems remind us of our human ambiguity — we are all over the place; life is hard; life is good; life is what life does, moment by moment and that is the challenge she presents us: to string the good moments together, breath after breath, now and forever."
—Kevin Patrick Sullivan

"Eleanor Lerman portrays what she calls “postmodern exile.” Witty and tender, street smart and metaphysical, her poems at times read like dystopic arias that address readers directly. Yet if there is darkness ahead, there are also dear companions, bright days, and new blossoms. In brave and visionary terms, Lerman writes as if life itself is at stake."
—Patricia Kirkpatrick

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