Read poems from Steve's award-nominated book!

Steve's style continues to be a favorite with readers and editors. His poems, while simple and accessible on the surface, often open a complex recall within the reader, through beautifully crafted images and language. Poems in the book have been described as having the impact of short, short stories. Enjoy pieces from his book which was and entrant for the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry and for a National Book Award.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

In Living Color

In Living Color

Armed with a butcher knife
my sister, six, attacked the new
television almost as soon
as the delivery man left.
A Zenith console model
ANY DÉCOR!”  And, by God,
it wiggled in very well
with our early-garage-sale motif.
Both hands gripped the oak handle
as she swung like Babe Ruth,
little chunks of that fine oak
exploded through the air,
lost forever in the shag carpet.
She did not know why.
We tried to fill in the gashes
with some brown crayons,
spread a long doily
over the top,
watched cartoons in color,
and hoped my mother
and stepfather
would not take the same knife to her.

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