David Gewanter

David GewanterThe late Thom Gunn has praised Gewanter for “offering a sense of obstacles, and of obstacles not overcome but ridden and thus dealt with…” and critic Sandra M. Gilbert declared his poetry “compellingly and brilliantly unnerving.” His work includes The Sleep of Reason and In The Belly, both published by the University of Chicago Press; and his most recent book of poems, War Bird, which takes on wartime America. He is a professor of English at Georgetown University and former director of Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice.

 


Zero-Account

Your “x,” withdrawn, vengeful,
undertakes the spousal

rip-off. Quivering passion,
once neglected, murders love—

Kindness? “Justice”
is how greed frames
every divorce:

cupid’s backstabbing
alphabet.


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Reading | November 9, 2010

Societies of American Poetry: Dissenting Practices | February 22, 2003
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