Winter 2005 • Vol. XXVII No. 1 PoetryJanuary 1, 2005 |

The Desperate Hours

PARIS—M Baudin, the Minister of Public Works, yesterday narrowly escaped a revolver bullet intended for his colleague of the Foreign Office. He was proceeding to attend the Ministerial Councl at the Elysée, when a woman, holding a little boy by the hand, fired a revolver at him. Fortunately no one was hurt The woman, Countess Olszewska, was arrested and taken before the police commissary for the Madeleine quarter.—"100 Years Ago Today," International Herald Tribune, 6/17/01 I'm wishing I had a revolver as I doze and wake sharply     at graduation and hear a voice say "Adolf . . . Marie . . . Hitler!" and think about our search for a good restaurant in the little town        of Port-en-Bessin this summer and how I'm just stepping out of the car as Barbara hands me this delicious peach and then I'm walking up the street, wiping the peach juice     from my chin and looking for a trash can or storm drain to toss the pit in, but before I can fi

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David Kirby’s collection The House on Boulevard St.: New and Selected Poems was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2007. Kirby is the author of Little Richard: The Birth of Rock ‘n’ Roll, which the Times Literary Supplement of London called “a hymn of praise to the emancipatory power of nonsense.” Kirby’s honors include fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. His latest poetry collection is Get Up, Please.

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PARIS—M Baudin, the Minister of Public Works, yesterday narrowly escaped a revolver bullet intended for his colleague of the Foreign Office. He was proceeding to attend the Ministerial Councl at […]

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