Walking the Dog's Shadow

Walking the Dog's Shadow

by Deborah Brown, Tony Hoagland

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Walking the Dog's Shadow rose to the top of nearly eight hundred submissions to win the ninth annual A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize. Tony Hoagland, who served as final judge for the contest, writes, "Deborah Brown's poems remind me a little of the great Polish poet, Wistawa Szymborska. They both make thinking look easy. . . . Brown's poems aren't just about a eureka moment; they taste of the whole journey. Walking the Dog's Shadow is a beautiful book, wise and sure of itself, fresh with wit and gravity, serious and true."

Deborah Brown teaches literature and writing at the University of New Hampshire-Manchester.



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ISBN-13: 9781934414767
Publisher: BOA Editions, Ltd.
Publication date: 03/29/2011
Series: A. Poulin, Jr. New Poets of America
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 92
File size: 188 KB

About the Author

Deborah Brown’s book, Walking the Dog’s Shadow, is the 2010 winner of the A. Poulin Jr. Award from BOA Editions. Brown is an editor, with Maxine Kumin and Annie Finch, of Lofty Dogmas: Poets on Poetics (Univ. of Arkansas Press, 2005) and a translator, with Richard Jackson and Susan Thomas, of The Last Voyage: Selected Poems of Giovanni Pascoli (Red Hen Press, 2010). Her poems have appeared in Margie, Rattle, The Alaska Quarterly, Stand, the Mississippi Review and others. Brown teaches literature and writing at the University of New Hampshire-Manchester where she won an award for Excellence in Teaching. She lives on a former dairy farm in Warner, New Hampshire, with her husband, George Brown, and four cats.

Tony Hoagland was Born on November 19, 1953, in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Tony Hoagland is the author of witty, poingnant poems that comment on contemporary American life and culture. His books include Unincorporated Personas in the Late Honda Dynasty (Graywolf Press, 2010), What Narcissism Means to Me (2003), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; Donkey Gospel (1998), which received the James Laughlin Award; and Sweet Ruin (1992), chosen by Donald Justice for the 1992 Brittingham Prize in Poetry and winner of the Zacharis Award from Emerson College.Hoagland's other honors include two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a fellowship to the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, the O. B. Hardison Prize for Poetry and Teaching from the Folger Shakespeare Library, the 2008 Jackson Poetry Prize from Poets&Writers magazine, as well as the Poetry Foundation's 2005 Mark Twain Award in recognition of his contribution to humor in American poetry. He currently teaches at the University of Houston and Warren Wilson College.

Table of Contents

I. DON’T ASK……………………………………………………………………………………………..1

Proof………………………………………………………………………………………………………..2
Small Sorrows…………………………………………………………………………………..............3
Don’t Ask…………………………………………………………………………………………………..4
The Shoe That Dropped……………………………………………………………………………..5
Thick and Thin…………………………………………………………………………………………..6
Walking the Dog’s Shadow…………………………………………………………………………7
Empty Red………………………………………………………………………………………………...8
Reprise………………………………………………………………………………………………………9
The Stalled Bus…………………………………………………………………………………………10
Askew ………………………………………………………………………………………………………11
The Back of the Bike………………………………………………………………………………….12
Man Saves Dog’s Life…………………………………………………………………………………13
On Alert……………………………………………………………………………………………………14
Narratively Speaking…………………………………………………………………………...........15

II. LISTEN………………………………………………………………………………………………….16
Clue………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 17
Listen………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 18
The Trap………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 19
On Not Knowing Your Father……………………………………………………………………. 20
The Scarlet Letter Law Struck Down in Massachusetts, Spring, 2003………….. 21
Mamaloschen…………………………………………………………………………………………… 22
In Spite of Time………………………………………………………………………………………… 24
My Double………………………………………………………………………………..........................25
Elegy for My Sister……………………………………………………………………………………..26
The Graviton………………………………………………………………………………………………27
String Theories………………………………………………………………………………………...28
The One for Me…………………………………………………………………………………………29
June Bug………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 30
Last Things……………………………………………………………………………………………….31
III READ BETWEEN THE LINES…………………………………………………………………32

A Family Story………………………………………………………………………………………… 33
Read Between the Lines……………………………………………………………………………34
Brokenhearted…………………………………………………………………………………………35
Isadora’s Scarf………………………………………………………………………………………….36
For the Cousins………………………………………………………………………………………...37
The Night Is Balmy……………………………………………………………………………………38
The Figure in the Carpet……………………………………………………………………………39
Behind the Door………………………………………………………………………………………..40
Stories………………………………………………………………………………………………………41
Lake Massasecum, November, 2000…………………………………………………………..42
The Museum of Your Life…………………………………………………………………………..43
Magritte’s Dog…………………………………………………………………………………………..44
GPS System……………………………………………………………………………………………….45
Pastoral…………………………………………………………………………………………………….46
Concerning the K-Mart Parking Lot in Lompoc……………………………………………47
Blackout……………………………………………………………………………………………………48
After and Before………………………………………………………………………………………...49
The Chicken Soup………………………………………………………………………………………50
For Another Time………………………………………………………………………………………52

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