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Stealer's wheel
Stroffolino, Chris.
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West Stockbridge, MA : Hard Press, 1999.
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109 pages ; 23 cm
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"Lingo Books."
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PS3569.T697 S87 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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The poems in this book will spin and jump and dance before you.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

A circus-like, almost Dylanesque threading together of fish, Phish and failed loves ("I'd rather be a suicide than a spectator"), Stroffolino's poems are consistently rollicking and cerebral. This second full-length collection, like the New York-based poet's earlier book and numerous chaps, is groaning with ideas ("I woofed down the present, the whole contemporary era"), syllogisms and their converses: "The pie that shrinks when more people/ want a piece of it is false." Many of the poems try to process the confluence of capital and "father culture," singing out at the first sign of disingenuousness: "The cacophony of the status quo propped up/ by occasional claims of subversion. Amorality/ of the public domain disguised as morality/ to confer upon the domestic sphere the status of Miller Time¬Ď..." If some of the critiques, reeled off in ropey, non-stop sentences, don't seem to fit comfortably within the lines here, it may be because Stroffolino hasn't quite found a form capacious enough to convey them. The poems centered on relationships, however, hit an endearing note of confusion and care: "We made love in the hospital bed,/ posed downtown policemen for our scrapbook,/...The question of jealousy/ never came up, and when it did, it was only to applaud us for keeping our cool." A co-editor of Talisman's New (American) Poetry anthology (a PW best book), Stroffolino remains a poet to watch. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

I. Past Controlp. 15
Forecast of Charactersp. 16
Brief Layoverp. 18
As from a Distancep. 20
AZB of Readingp. 22
Song You Can't Shake Outp. 24
Community Vicesp. 26
The Comedy of It Allp. 27
Via Negativap. 29
Society's Childp. 30
Monday Nite Garbagep. 31
Nature Tampered Ego Berating Beautyp. 34
Illegal Smilep. 36
Later the Same Dayp. 37
II. The Color of the Colorwheelp. 41
Drinking Andy Warholp. 43
Stealer's Wheelp. 45
When Depth Becomes Vicep. 53
18 1/2 Minute Gapp. 54
Over and Overp. 55
100% Beside Myselfp. 56
The Shape I'm Inp. 57
Reparations, Preparationsp. 58
We Cancel Each Other Out in Prosep. 60
III. Lingua Francap. 65
Three Poems for Laura Moriartyp. 67
Sirhan Sirhanp. 69
Rain Paradep. 70
Now that It's April and January Is Back in Americap. 72
Things To Do with Firep. 74
Things To Do After All Hell's Broken Losep. 76
For M.p. 77
The Verdictp. 78
My Daughter Would Be a Novelistp. 80
Allowance Money that Is Death to Youp. 81
Hope for the Wickedp. 82
Fish Storyp. 83
IV. Flattened Until Dishevelledp. 87
Fragile Blondep. 89
Professions of Faithp. 90
An Infantilization of Infinityp. 92
Law of Diminishing Returnsp. 95
For Kurt Cobainp. 96
Partly Claudiap. 98
Storm Cloud Above the Swimming Poolp. 102
Functional Literacy (Disability Records)p. 103
Party Line Graffitip. 104
Food for Money, Love for Thoughtp. 108