Thursday, February 23, 2006

All is full of love

As a little, meaningless, memento of the book that almost was, and hopefully will someday (soon) be, here is the table of contents for Notes for My Body Double:


Table of Contents

Plenitude 3

Elba 4

On Being Asked Who the You Is in My Poems 5

Questions for Godzilla 6

The Invisible Man Looks into a Mirror 7

Beyond Repair 8

Minus 9

History 10

Psalm in Rain 11

Romance 13

Negation 14

At Night, in November, Trying Not to Think of Asphodel 15
The Naked 16

Daydreaming of Ghosts 17

The God of Neglect, Overheard 18

From the Black Lagoon 20

How It Won’t Be 22

Early in a New Year 23

Veneration 24

Apologia 25

After Hearing of Your Separation, I Turn on the Radio 27

Resignation 29

The Cartoonist in Hell 30

My Philosophy of Other Lives 31

Donald Duck’s Lament 32

Popular Romance 33

These Arms of Mine 35

Such as Myself 36

Poem for the National Hobo Association Poetry Contest 37

Notes for My Body Double 38

Questions for Silence 40

For a Woman’s Back 41

Ode 42

Perfume 43

Erasure 45

Praise 47

Poem in which I Seek Consolation in the Etymology of a Word 48

Hunger 49

The Numbers Are Not In 50

Love Poem 52

Water 54

Ptolemaic Sunset 55

Lullaby 56

Garden 57


Melissa said...

Ah, it'll happen, and when it does, I'll be a-drownin' in Paul Guest poems again, right down there with the perfumed octopus to the tune of a Donald Duck lullaby. Something like that. Yippee. I'm impatient in all cases, but in this case, I'm sure I'm not the only one who says, "Curses. Drats. Someone slap the proper cover and design on this perfection already and send those words on their way!"

LKD said...

It's neither little nor
meaningless, Paul.

But is full of hope.

You probably loathe Coldplay--seems they're as anathema to love as Aha or Abba (not sure why 2 A bands popped into my head, ha ha) but I love them anyway. Reading your table of contents made me think of that song, their first real hit, "Yellow."

Look at the stars.
Look how they shine for you
and everything you do.
Yeah, they were all yellow.

I asked another blogger if in a previous life he'd been an angel or a firefly. What about you, Paul? You see so full of light.

cK said...


What happened to the poem about the horse everyone had given up on save for the wily owner and the down-on-his-luck jockey?

By the way, I hope you're using a right powerful server these days because I just figured out how to build a hotlink to your site into my blog front page (still can't get the blue font, though), so you'll be receiving scores of visitors (sans scores) from my site (i.e., the site's three participants).

We like your stuff, kid. And I'm not saying that just because Betsy told me about your site!