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The Goodbye Town

Timothy O’Keefe was awarded the 2010 FIELD Poetry Prize for THE GOODBYE TOWN, described by Editor David Walker as "a complex and multilayered collection, deeply intelligent and humane, beautifully balanced in its sly wit and elegant lyricism.... He has a fresh and distinctive voice." This is O’Keefe’s first book.

85 pages | 6 x 9


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Table of Contents

Candle • And Styx Was a Children’s Book • Broken Sonnet: Dinner Bell • Birth Certificate: A. F. Little • Broken Sonnet: The Letting • Simmer • Love • Meditation in Red, Blue, and Violet • Poem in a Book That Was Never Opened • Broken Sonnet: Covenants • If Aeneas • Little Arithmetic • Broken Sonnet: It’s a Wonderful Life • Alban • Broken Sonnet: Girlfriend • Little Understanding • If Scylla • Little’s Unforgetting, Part 1 • An Absolute Motion, Now We Are Going • Broken Sonnet: Condensation • If Sirens • Broken Sonnet: Lost Epilogue • The Outlying Counties and Then Some • Little Crow • Elegy in Late Spring • Little’s Unforgetting, Part 2 • If Palinurus • Now Means They Once Were Otherwise • Obituary Penciled on a Piece of Drywall Along Highway 55 • Broken Sonnet: Our Own Rumpelstiltskin • The Figurine Is Tipped Over • The Corner of She and He • Broken Sonnet: It Begins in Black and White • Star, Toboggan • Why I’m Not Photogenic • Broken Sonnet: Grief • Figures from a Clairvoyant Time • Broken Sonnet: It Ends in Black and White • Poem with Contrails • Broken Sonnet: Postpartum • Another Thing That Flies • Broken Sonnet: If Dido • The Water and Web Variations • Little’s Unforgetting, Part 3 (A Lynching) • Little’s First Symptom (The Clawfoot Poem) • Elegy, Aphasia • Eye/Ear • Little’s Second Symptom • Another Legend to Tuck Us In • When We Saw Always & Sudden • Little Nocturne • Poem in the Key of Luminarias • Little’s Third Symptom • Self-Portrait Against Myself • Broken Sonnet: Diagram in the Fire • Acknowledgments

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