I Must Be Living Twice: New and Selected Poems

A choice of exciting verse, together with either new poems and liked favorites, from the distinguished poet, sleek cult icon, and writer of Chelsea Girls.

Eileen Myles’ paintings is understood for its combination of truth and fiction, the chic and the ephemeral. Her paintings opens readers to mind-blowing new issues of ordinary locations, just like the East Village in her iconic Chelsea Girls, and invitations them into lush—and occasionally horrid—dream worlds, imbuing the landscapes of her writing with the vividness and effort of fantasy.

I needs to be residing Twice brings jointly choices from the poet’s earlier paintings with a collection of daring new poems that replicate her sardonic, unapologetic, and fiercely highbrow literary voice. Steeped within the tradition of recent York urban, Myles’ milieu, I needs to be residing Twice is a prism refracting an intensive international and a compelling life.

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I’m surrounded via snow. THE reflect IS MY mom If I’m no longer in there I’m in right here town accordion in someone’s style arms, squeeze in, pull out, holds us heavily at the sofa. The reflect is moved and I’m dealing with the wall, enable me flip speedy and switch to town. the sweetness of Christmas is unintentional, a legion of scarves getting off, and autos, work, activities, a Cardinal aghast, turning the pages of the recent York occasions they'd lived jointly for various years either occurred to be status there while the Berlin Wall fell down. As I watched her mendacity there, contracted, the massive head adorned and the room swayed with candles and white plant life and as I stated it was once as though you moved a reflect and what you observed used to be the wall as a substitute. My uncle’s lips regarded rubber, smeared everywhere his terrible previous Irish face. It used to be his voice I knew, now not his lips. bad outdated Uncle Tim who regularly wiggled his ears. Aunt Ann continually so large in energy and power, strangled by means of grief, a bit pooch, depending on her grandchildren who enjoyed her. I say demise is a wierd factor. i need to stick open to this lifestyles, my rubber lips twisting in lies and worry, my eyes burning with impatience and fact. An angel may still come and they might communicate. On my birthday they have been handing me thousands of images of myself, as they do in our tradition, the clapping of arms, lighting, every little thing that’s now not useless and darkish. I introduced my historical bunny domestic from Boston, the puppets I introduced my masks. Now this African girl appears down on my lifestyles, terrible and white open air the christian lighting blink comically onto my tenement mattress. In East Friesia the lightning ability they’re taking your photo back. Don’t squint, permit your mom examine your appealing face and love you for breath and circulation and listening to an animal abruptly relocating within the brush allow it go. by no means strike. EN GARDE all of the hills & the timber and the girl slicing wooden open air & the lazy puppy. i'm devoted to this. Its lifestyles. The marinade. The veterans of wars up the hill popping off their gun, dreaming of Iraq. they could cross there if they’d wish to pass. In a country of struggle a guy can comprehend what a lady capability by way of house. all of the homosexuals are notice- processing. unlikely to struggle. All you have to claim is I’m homosexual & you could remain in the United States endlessly. simply take into consideration how it’s felt for me to be lady in the United States. Or in this global. Any guy could kill a guy, definitely be exonerated in court docket for killing a guy who was once homosexual & got here on to him that method, you recognize sexual. on a daily basis i am getting taken care of that means. Mmm i love these titties. Has George Bush ever been flattered strolling down the streets for his vast balls so delicious. i glance up and that i face a sq. of clouds packed in blue. My buddy is so fortunate to possess this barn. Am I in the US whereas I’m writing this poem? My tongue & lips are in the USA. So’s my puppy who i like. My vehicle. That damage, my final woman karma spilling over into the male house like acid in the event that they needed to be me for a second the wonder & the beast they can learn my face, they may understand their position they'd supply me area, they'd reduce their weapons & beg for water.

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