Cloth $46.00 ISBN: 9780226092744 Published October 2005
Paper $15.00 ISBN: 9780226092751 Published October 2005

Other People

Peter Campion

Other People
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Peter Campion

64 pages | 6_1/8 x 8_1/2 | © 2005
Cloth $46.00 ISBN: 9780226092744 Published October 2005
Paper $15.00 ISBN: 9780226092751 Published October 2005
Poem to Fire

Fast transparency that explodes the fuel and air
in the cylinder and shuts the intake valves and thrusts
down on the piston so the crankshaft spins and spins

you cut through all material that blocks your way
so fast that driving now past rushes and billboards
this pull to her could be your own impersonal presence

cloaked in the day to day of the malls and condos
all those wired sensors keeping on guard for you
except you flicker even inside the wet wall

where papillary muscle makes that sweet pulsation
in whatever room she's moving through this moment
under the cotton and the cool smoothness tinted blue

In this debut collection, Peter Campion explores both the gaps and the connections between the self and others. Like the "night blooming jasmine leaving its warm trace," these poems arise out of the dark. A man awakens in a hotel room to find the neighboring voices merging with the anguished souls of his nightmare. A woman living alone beside the ocean hears the words of the dead echo in the crashing waves. But if these poems convey a feeling of an enduring emptiness, they also offer us the most vital intimacies. In one poem, two lovers traverse the industrial sweep of strip malls and office towers to arrive at their rendezvous. In another, the seemingly simple memory of a mother playing with her sons at a park bridges a chasm of pain and loss.

With great poise, keen insight, and formal skill, Campion moves between shared experience and interior life in the shifting textures of Other People. Whether writing in rhymed couplets or free verse, he matches a deep understanding of the poetic tradition with his own imaginative feel for structure.

"The 'other people' of the title of this extraordinary book are fully alive in the life of its language; and so is the poet observing them, and observing himself, as one of them. The book is a sympathetic and unsentimental instrument of truth."—David Ferry
Contents
Acknowledgments
I
Poem to Fire
The Population
Two Doubles
4:17 a.m.
The Elephants
New Hampshire: Two Returning
Those Painted Grins and Sneers
Other People
Confessional Poem
Stephanie
Miranda Kittredge
II
Nephew
Wildcat Canyon
Lansdowne Street: The Dancers
Tamaracks
From a Childhood in Pioneer Valley
Other People (II)
"Or Whatever Your Final Destination May Be . . . "
1985
Pedal Tones
III
Gossip
This Blue Vase
Vermont: The Ranch House
Hummingbird
Skin
The Infraction
Stone
The Red Eye
SFO
From "Les Amours"
Poem before Sunrise
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