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The Lookout Man

Vivid poems full of drama and action by award-winning poet Stuart Dischell.
Sometimes elegiac, sometimes deadly comic, and always transformative, The Lookout Man embodies the energy, spirit, and craft that we have come to depend upon in Stuart Dischell’s poetry. Inhabiting a mix of lyric structures, these poems are set in diverse locales from the middle of the ocean to the summit of Mont Blanc, from the backyards of America to the streets of international cities. There is a hesitant, almost encroaching wisdom in The Lookout Man, as Dischell allows his edgy vision and singular perspectives to co-exist with the music of his poems. In lines that close the book and typify Dischell’s work, he writes, “I will ask the dogwoods to remind me // What it means to live along the edges of the woods, / To be promiscuous but bear white flowers.”

80 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2

Phoenix Poets


Table of Contents


Lines of the Prodigal
The Foreigner
Inside the Statue
Coda (Broken, He Saw Himself at Last)
Lines about Ships at Sea
Lines about Mountains
Lines about Rivers, Then the Sea
Lines about the Snow
Lines about the Wind
Lines above the Tree Line
Lines of Evolutionary Progress
Lines at the End of the Year

The Work Zone
Lines in the Outage
The Arcade, 1962
White Horse Pike
Action in the Pacific
Lines about Emptiness
Time Was the Rider
Lines of the Elderly Orphan
Lines along the Shore
The Last Days on Ocean Lane
Meeting My Parents for a Weekend in New York, 1988
Lines on the Invention of Shoes
Lines in the Backyard
Lines about Her
For Hubert Desmarest
For Oksana Shachko

The Streets of the Capital
Lines on a Train to the Alps
Cities of the Blue Coast
In a Corner of the Sky
Lines in Regard to a Morning Swim
The Measurement of Words
Lines of the Mirage
After the Exhibition
The Enchanted Bells
Stormy Tuesdays
Window Peeping into the Garden of Eden
Lines along a Wild Place

Notes, Elegiac

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