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Monday, March 10, 2014

Palais Jamais

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For the commandment is a lamp.

 

He wants to do me

James-and-the-Giant-Peach style, afraid

to know what

that means but moderately excited.

 

Oh.  The bar's closing.

 

A thousand English phrases

to learn by heart.

 

Little Bob Robin

Where do you live?

Up in yonder wood, sir,

On a hazel twig.

 

How to Use a MetroCard.

 

Fifty for oral,

no touching.

 

 

 

 

Daniel Tiffany is the author, most recently, of Neptune Park (Omnidawn Publishing, 2013) and My Silver Planet: A Secret History of Poetry and Kitsch (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014). His poems have appeared in the Paris Review, Poetry, Tin House, Boston Review, Fence, jubilat, Lana Turner, and New American Writing. Tiffany is professor of English and comparative literature at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and has been awarded a Whiting Fellowship, the Chicago Review Poetry Prize and the Berlin Prize in 2012 by the American Academy. On March 19th at 7pm at Woodland Pattern, Daniel Tiffany will be reading with Anne Shaw.