Today's poem is "Money"

from Ninth Letter

Ricardo Pau-Llosa's latest book of poems is Man (Carnegie Mellon). He is also an art critic and curator.

Other poems by Ricardo Pau-Llosa in Verse Daily:
July 1, 2014:   "Give-Us-This-Day Man" "Every morning breakfast became..."
February 11, 2013:   "Bethany Man" "From afar it looks like the bus is stranded..."
July 29, 2011:   "Giant Slayer Man" "Rifling brochures..."
January 27, 2007:   "Semilla" " As with galaxies, with flowers..."

Books by Ricardo Pau-Llosa:

Other poems on the web by Ricardo Pau-Llosa:
"Monstrance Man"
"Flight to L.A."

Ricardo Pau-Llosa's Website.

Ricardo Pau-Llosa according to Wikipedia.

About Man:

"The man in Ricardo Pau-Llosa's poems is a meditator, art collector, son, lover, and penitent. He ponders 'the simplest things' in a variety of moods, and spread of human values, with unfaltering rhetorical grace. Man is a terrific book."
—Carol Frost

"Everything in Pau-Llosa's man-world is rendered sacramental, even mundane chores like hosing the yard; the resolve not to spill food on his shirt becomes a prayer. The poems of this volume are lush with metaphor and the verdant landscape of tropical Miami. But if there are flowers here, they are the flowers of evil; the path to grace is the way of Blasphemy.. Pau-Llosa's imagination: ranges with Rabelaisian humor and subversive, mischievous irony, over a rich terrain of art and human possibility, butt the best of these poems, like 'Patmos Man,' speak to us eloquently from the desert, the place of the spirit in a time of eternal drought."
—Peg Boyers

"Compelling, impossible to put down, an extraordinary play on quotidian experience by a master storyteller. The opening lines alone, so deceptively simple: 'Legal's legal. She turns 18 at midnight,' or 'What if he lost the lotto ticket? / The man worries about such things.' draw you into a world full of Kafkaesque humor, wit, surprising leaps of imagination, the paradoxes and ironies of real life. Each poem is a puzzle that builds to an unpredictable climax leaving you dazzled, mystified, eager for more. The imagery is rich, detailed, suffusing the poem with a beauty rare in satire."
—Ron De Maris

About Ninth Letter:

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Ninth Letter * University of Illinois * Department of English * 608 South Wright St. * Urbana, IL 61801
Poetry Editor: Michael Madonick
Other poems by Ninth Letter in Verse Daily:
September 19, 2013:   "Doorknobs" by Lois Marie Harrod
July 18, 2013:   "Refrain" by Maggie Glover
September 10, 2012:   "Match" by Brynn Saito
August 19, 2011:   "Peccadillo" by Scott Minar
July 29, 2010:   "Unusable Elegy" by Zachary Harris
July 28, 2010:   "Youths" by Michael Rutherglen
July 26, 2010:   "Love Note" by Leslie Adrienne Miller
February 3, 2010:   "Waking Up at the Wheel" by Christopher Kennedy
February 2, 2010:   "Maimonides on What Is Meant by 'Vision'" by Benjamin Paloff
June 19, 2009:   "A Great Whirring" by Bruce Snider
June 18, 2009:   "It Is Virtually Without Thickness and Has Almost" by Angie Estes
June 16, 2009:   "The Widdershins Garden" by Olivia Clare

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