Summer 2023 • Vol. XLV No. 1 PoetryJune 16, 2023 |

Excerpts from Poem Bitten by a Man

The Kenyon Review · Excerpts From Poem Bitten By A Man A freight train passes through the frame into this sentence, childhood nights I think its mournful horn is the sound the horizon makes when the sun sets behind it. The camera waits on Main St., at the railroad crossing in Allendale, the small South Carolina town where Johns is a kid. “Everything I do is attached to my childhood,” he says. “It wasn’t especially cheerful.” Of the extent to which I use the language of others as an approximation of my own, I write  Shifting the facts Move the frame (or the canvas) A rearrangement unmown baseball field fireworks emporium, all the signage unchanged since Allendale last had money. I sense the documentarians looking for a person who doesn’t seem to appear in the work. I watch this brief interlude several times — rural like where I grow up after my father take

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A 2020 Guggenheim Fellow, Brian Teare is the author of eight chapbooks and six critically acclaimed books, including Doomstead Days, winner of the Four Quartets Prize and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle, Kingsley Tufts, and Lambda Literary awards. His seventh book, Poem Bitten by a Man, is forthcoming from Nightboat Books in fall 2023. After more than a decade of teaching and writing in the San Francisco Bay Area, and eight years in Philadelphia, Teare is now an associate professor of poetry at the University of Virginia. He lives in Charlottesville, where he makes books by hand for his micropress, Albion Books.

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