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Mercy Seat

Bruce Smith’s new collection of poems presents a formidable vision of growing up "white male North American" in the fifties and sixties. With poems whose subjects range from football to politics to jazz, Mercy Seat is a book by a native son who has survived the brokenness of his country to sing a paradoxical new song for a new age.

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55 pages | 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 | © 1994

Phoenix Poets


Table of Contents

Against the Maker
Hostile Witness
Self-Portrait as Foreign Policy
He Was Free
The Sandwiches
American Lunch
Neruda in Ceylon, 1929
When You’re Asleep beside Me, You’re In
My Name in Three Languages
Salt Talks
Blue Letters
The Either Orchestra
Self-Portrait with Raptures
Self-Portrait as Ornette Coleman
The Real Protagonist Is Light
Blue Cornflowers Framing the Resurrection
Something of Consolation
Mercy Seat
Scenes from a Puppet Play
Voice of Aretha in Italy
In the City of Brotherly Love
Narcissus in the Maritime Provinces
Prospero in Milan

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