The Tunnel

Selected Poems

Russell Edson

The Tunnel

Russell Edson

Distributed for Oberlin College Press

232 pages | 8 x 8
Paper $19.95 ISBN: 9780932440655 Published November 1994
This prized collection of Russell Edson’s prose poems, featuring his own favorites from seven prior collections, constitutes some of the most original American art of this century. This is the book of choice for both new and committed fans of this imaginative poet.
Contents
FROM THE VERY THING THAT HAPPENS (1964) • Clouds • A Chair • How a Cow Comes to Live With Long Eared Ones • Father Father, What Have You Done? • Of the Snake and the Horse • A Machine • Waiting for the Signal Man • The Fetcher of Wood • Dinner Time • A Red Mustache • Appearance • A Man Who Writes • Love • The Definition • A Stone Is Nobody’s • Fire Is Not a Nice Guest • Little Dead Man • A Child Walking Out of a Cow’s Behind • Rat • In the Time of Commerce • Paying the Captain • Dark Friends • FROM WHAT A MAN CAN SEE (1969) • What a Man Can See • The Road • There Was • Memory and the Sun • It • The Man Rock • Mr Is • Mr Brain • A Man With a Tree on His Head • Mrs Reach Reached Into the Air • The Lover • Dream Man • A Person • The Fall • Signs • To Be of Some Use • Through the Woods • Father and Son Travelling • One Two Three, One Two Three • FROM THE CLAM THEATER (1973) • The Agent • The Ancestral Mousetrap • The Ant Farm • Ape and Coffee • The Blank Book • The Case • The Changeling • The Clam Theater • The Death of Dentistry • The Difficulty With a Tree • The Dog’s Music • The Epic • The Family Monkey • The Floor • Killing the Ape • The Kingdom • A Love Letter • The Mental Desert • Movements • Oh My God, I’ll Never Get Home • The Press of Night • The Turkey Happening • Vomit • When Science is in the Country • FROM THE CHILDHOOD OF AN EQUESTRIAN (1973) • The Automobile • the Childhood of an Equestrian • The Exile • In All the Days of My childhood • Metals Metals • the Pattern • The Death of an Angel • The Delicate Matter • The Description • A Journey Through the Moonlight • The Keeping of the Dead • Old Folks • The Smell of Hay and Stars • Through Dream and Suppertime • Ape • The Father of Toads • The Ox • A Performance at Hog Theater • Toward the Writing • Antimatter • Conjugal • The Dainty one • The Further Adventures of Martha George • The Toy-Maker • FROM THE INTUITIVE JOURNEY (1976) • The Terrible Angel • How Things Are Turning Out • Counting Sheep • the Abyss • The Feet of the Fat Man • The Neighborhood Dog • The Howling • Mr. & Mrs. Duck Dinner • The Hemorrhoid Epidemic • the Gentlemen in the Meadow • the Marionettes of Distant Masters • The Dog • The Old Woman’s Breakfast • The Pilot • Grass • Hands • Dr. Nigel Bruce Watson Counting • The Dog’s Dinner • The Canoeing • The Overlap of Worlds • In the Forest • The Lighted Window • Bringing a Dead Man Back into Life • The Mountain Climber • The Song of Dr. Brilliantine • The Intuitive Journey • The Incredible Accident • FROM THE REASON WHY THE CLOSE-MAN IS NEVER SAD (1977) • All Those Small But Shapely things • The Autopsy • The Bridge • The Ceremony • The Cliff • The Closet • The Coincidental Association • The Cottage in the Wood • The Damaged Ape • Erasing Amyloo • The Fight in the Meadow • An Historical Breakfast • Journey for an Old Fellow • The Large Thing • The Lounge Picnic • The Lonely Traveler • Making a Movie • An Old Man’s High Note • Oyster Stuffing • The Parental Decision • The Reason Why the Closet-Man Is Never Sad • The Taxi • The Tearing and Merging of Clouds... • Through the Darkness of Sleep • The Unscreamed Scream • FROM THE WOUNDED BREAKFAST (1985) • How Things Will Be • The Way Things Are • The Sculptor • You • The Love Affair • The Matter • Sheep • The Wounded Breakfast • The Doorway Trap • My Head • A Zoography • Of This World • The Paddlers’ Song • Charity • The Human Condition • The Father Who Bowed • Darwin Descending • On the Eating of Mice • The Head Bumping in the Dark • The Rat’s Legs • The Dark Side of the Moon • Good Son Jim • How It All Gets Kind of Fluttery • The Philosophers • Pigeons • The Rat’s Tight Schedule • With Sincerest Regrets • The Thickening • The Tunnel • The Wheelbarrow
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