Judge Lyrae Van Clief Stefanon S Citation For The 2012 Bloom Poetry Chapbook Prizewinner It Is A Long Road To Moxie, Notes The Speaker In The Reality Show, One Of The Twenty Four Contemplative And Ultimately Hopeful Poems That Make Up A Conversation With My Imaginary Daughter Moxie, A Throwback Expression Denoting The Ability To Face Difficulty With Spirit And Courage Aggressive Energy Initiative Skill And Know How Derives From The Name Of A Soft Drink First Manufactured In The 1880s And Sold As Medicine So The Poems In This Chapbook Give Us The View, Forwards And Backwards, Along That Long, Strange Road The Speaker, An Observant, Guides Us Through Literary Allusion, Pop Culture, And Pageantry, Noting The Rules The Script Compels The Enemies To Hold Hands, We Discover Early, In Beyond The Rocks Though These Poems Escape Into The Movies, They Don T Refuse A Duty To Engage Instead, The Screen Provides Space To Rearrange Elements Of Narrative And There By Find Possibility And Humor Bang, Bang Yip, Yip Asks, If Art Lives Outside Of Chronology, Why Not Costume It Like A Harlequin Noting There Are 1,649 Shades Of Gray, The Projectionist Moves From Matthew Arnold, Recognizing The Sea S Supposed Sadness Lies Within Himself, To Anita Hill In The Classroom, Unrecognized By Her Own College Students, Before Returning To Paul Henreid, Casablanca S Victor Laszlo Himself, In A White Dinner Jacket, The Man Who, When Told, We Read Five Times You Were Killed, In Five Different Places, Responds, As You Can See, It Was True Every Single Time A Sad, Shrewd Humor Permeates This Collection, As Does A Palpable Sense Of Gratitude What S Franchot Tone To The Fight One Wages For Identity Against One S Mother, Or Moses To The Zeitgeist, Except, In Every Life, Connections To A Vibrant Imagined Past Mark The Borders As The Speaker Notes In Second Banana, Unity Is The Moment When Living Becomes History Creators In The Picture With The Obligation To Mark Each Performance, Throughout, We Find, We Are Wiser Than Our Actions We See That Now Is Always Happening, It Never Ends.
James Cihlar s books include A Conversation with My Imaginary Daughter, Rancho Nostalgia, Metaphysical Bailout, and Undoing. His poems have appeared in Forklift, Ohio Rhino Prairie Schooner Bloom Verse Daily, The American Poetry Review and Lambda Literary Review.
- 50 pages
- A Conversation with My Imaginary Daughter
- James Cihlar
- 09 June 2017 James Cihlar