Today's poem is "Urban Celestial"
from Beyond Our Means

Kelsay Books

Jeffrey Greene is the author of four previous collections of poetry, a memoir, and three personalized nature books. He is also the author of a book of mixed genre writing: sketches, prose pieces, and poetry written in collaboration with painter Ralph Petty. His writing has been supported through fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, Rinehart Fund, and Humanities Texas, and he was a winner of the Samuel French Morse Prize, the Randall Jarrell Award, and the "Discovery"/ The Nation Award. His poems, short stories, and essays have appeared numerous publications, including The New Yorker, Poetry, The Nation, Ploughshares, and Agni. He is a professor at the American University of Paris and teaches for the Pan-European MFA Program.

Other poems by Jeffrey Greene in Verse Daily:
June 19, 2011:   "Your Lingual Heart" "Friday night at the ER..."

Books by Jeffrey Greene:

Other poems on the web by Jeffrey Greene:
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Jeffrey Greene's Website.

About Beyond Our Means:

"In Beyond Our Means, Jeffrey Greene weaves biography, social history, and observation of the natural and the human-made— and human-wrecked—world. The poems are at once tender and terrifying, infused with a dark magic and a kind of radical compassion. Their mysteriousness lies in glimpses into the glimmering possibilities of wholeness, of putting the broken world back together again. What if the wound at the neck could heal? What if the child one never had appears through the rush of leaves, in the porch light, out of breath? For a while the wind blew the rain / and you could taste it like someone else's tears. This is achingly beautiful work."
—Cecilia Woloch

"Jeffrey Greene's poetry beautifully traces and honors things 'beyond our means,' dreaming, cancer, separation, snow, things we may not control nor ever fully understand. I am and will be ever amazed by these patient, deep-toned, luminous poems."
—Nancy Eimers

"Devastatingly tender, unafraid, deeply wise, Jeffrey Greene's Beyond Our Means manages to braid the intimate with the solitary, our presence with ever-present history. In diction deceptively colloquial, Greene's sense of music, rhythm, and line reflect the best of what the Modernists taught us. This is a wonderful, deeply edifying book from a magnificent poet."
—Gerald Fleming

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