Today's poem is "The Apartment Empties"
from Beast in the Apartment

The Sheep Meadow Press

Tony Barnstone is the Albert Upton Professor of English at Whittier College and the author of thirteen books, including Sad Jazz: Sonnets, published by Sheep Meadow.

Other poems by Tony Barnstone in Verse Daily:
August 7, 2008:   "India Rubber Man's Credo" "The softest creature in the world is hard..."
July 16, 2008:   "Psalm of Snow" "I had forgotten how to say yes. That's the trick of heartbreak...."
December 17, 2005:   "Spider Woman" " It's hard to process if you have no drive..."
January 13, 2003:  "On Found Objects" "Do you remember the bull's head I made..."

Books by Tony Barnstone:

Other poems on the web by Tony Barnstone:
Three poems
Twenty-five poems
"The Cave"
Three poems
"The Truth Is That He Never..."
"Lamp or Mirror"
Six poems
Three poems

Tony Barnstone on Twitter.

About Beast in the Apartment:

"Tony Barnstone has no walls. He is alive moment to moment at the naked center. In his shrewd double vision, the animal self and the outside self mingle in ecstasy and grief of flesh. He is so surprising and fearless and cuts right to it, and yet so delicate and lyrical."
—Ruth Stone

"Plain-spoken and magical, this poet knows how to make imagination and the real world collide softly. Borders are crossed in the psyche and the flesh, and this collection seems like an elongated song that embraces the most elusive moments buried in language and nuance through the pure naming of things—a mantra of what is and what is dreamt—that takes into the sacred territory what no ordinary compass can plot or unplot."
—Yusef Komunyakaa

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