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The Courtesy

In this, his first book, Alan Shapiro vividly recreates some of the more memorable and poignant moments from his Jewish-American childhood, and in the process reveals his compassionate interest in the forgotten, the alienated, and the infirm. The Courtesy is an intelligent, reflective examination of the poet’s own psychological history.

"The Courtesy is really an admirable book: it shows up the unreality of a lot of the other poetry one reads, dealing honestly and with that perversity which is a sign of thoughfulness, with the slight but heavy matter of our everyday defeats."—Michael Hoffman, Poetry Nation Review

70 pages | 5-1/4 x 8-1/2 | © 1983

Phoenix Poets


Table of Contents

The Host
The Storm
On the Eve of the Warsaw Uprising
The Courtesy
The Courts at Lawton Street
Someone Else
Dancing with Aunt Tilly
Simon, the Barber
Perfect Son
After the Storm
What Makes You Think It’s Fear
The Insect
First Night
In the Neighborhood
Certain Healing
The Source
Love Letter
Only Then
Escape Artist
Moving Day
The Garden
The Crossing
Fly Weight
Counting Flowers
Within the Room
The Clearing
Song for a Time of Year
Long Days
The Wish
The Names

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