Falling Brick Kills Local Man

Paperback | February 8, 2009

byMark Kraushaar

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Falling Brick Kills Local Man is a daring and inventive collection of narrative poems rich with thoughtful and precise language. Mark Kraushaar writes about what moves him, whether that is the war in Iraq, the notion of synchronicity, the retelling of children’s stories, or a problem of recollection. Often inspired by newspaper stories or witnessed scenes, these poems are a refreshingly honest exploration of our interconnected and multifaceted world.
 
 
Finalist, Poetry, Midwest Book Awards

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Falling Brick Kills Local Man is a daring and inventive collection of narrative poems rich with thoughtful and precise language. Mark Kraushaar writes about what moves him, whether that is the war in Iraq, the notion of synchronicity, the retelling of children’s stories, or a problem of recollection. Often inspired by newspaper stories...

Mark Kraushaar is the recipient of Poetry Northwest’s Richard Hugo Award and two Wisconsin Arts Board awards for poetry and has been a finalist for both the Walt Whitman Award and the May Swenson Prize. His poems are widely published and have been anthologized in Best American Poetry 2006; Motion: American Sports Poems; Visiting Walt: ...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:96 pages, 10 × 7 × 0.4 inPublished:February 8, 2009Publisher:University Of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0299230848

ISBN - 13:9780299230845

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I mean, the spinning Earth whirls eastand a dog walks wagging by.I can’t explain.Inflexible, garrulous, sad, anymorewe’re our own full time jobs.Wasn’t Dad the best?Didn’t light form in the doorways?Didn’t the mailman come?Look Jane. Oh, turn and look.Past the market by the playground,here we are, so unhip, so well meaning and bizarre.—excerpt from “Dick and Jane”© The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System. All rights reserved.

Table of Contents

Express   
US Exhaust and Tire   
Gum   
In Line at the Kwik Trip   
Heat   
Water Squirrels   
Dick and Jane   
I Controlled Paul Molitor's Hitting Streak   
Dear Mr. Whitman   
Ray   
Les Waverly: Secrets in Conversation   
Fast Loans   
Personal Reasons   
Twenty-something   
We Choose Our Parents   
The Call   
Wichita 67204   
An Old Story   
Valley Road   
Edward Hopper, Morning Sun 1952   
Chloral Hydrate 500mg May Repeat Times One as Needed for Sleeplessness   
1–900-CHAT   
WWII Plane Found on Moon   
Ming's Imperial Palace, October 1975   
Free Throw   
House of Chong   
Kodachrome   
Road Kill   
Bat Boy Escapes   
Falling Brick Kills Local Man   
Jack   
Schuster   
Unencumbered   
The Message   
Tonight   
Prognostic   
This Is What Happened   
Mantra   

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“Generally triggered by something as deceptively simple as a small newspaper item, an overheard remark, or an incident observed in a bus station, Mark Kraushaar’s meditative/narrative poems illuminate moments of surreal reality by telling little stories of heartbreakingly human intent. I love these poems and am proud to have given several of them their first publication in the pages of The Gettysburg Review.”—Peter Stitt