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The Welcome

The Welcome

Poems by David Joel Friedman
Selected by Stephen Dunn
Copyright Date: 2006
Pages: 144
https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5406/j.ctt2tt9hx
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    The Welcome
    Book Description:

    "The fact is that The Welcome is full of pleasures, both linguistic and ideational. There's a philosophical intelligence behind it, one that will rarely allow itself the sobrieties of the philosophical. . . . David Friedman blends surreal hijinks with gestures toward the serious, At their best, an original voice guides a distinctive sensibility in these poems. They'll give you, if you let them, one of literature's underrated virtues: a good time."--Stephen Dunn, winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry

    eISBN: 978-0-252-09130-8
    Subjects: Language & Literature

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-viii)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. ix-xii)
  3. Foreword On David Friedman’s The Welcome
    (pp. xiii-xiv)
    Stephen Dunn

    David Friedman’sThe Welcomepersisted in overcoming my resistances to it. First, there was the issue of the prose poem. Though it’s a form that in many ways appeals to me, I’m wary that in the wrong hands it can be a vehicle for various indulgences, and/or an excuse for the absence of sentence-by-sentence rigor. And here was an entire book of prose poems! Second, as readers will quickly realize, the protagonist of many of these poems is a character called “the green bear.” Normally that fact alone would be cause enough for me to throw the manuscript across the...

  4. Acknowledgments
    (pp. xv-xviii)
  5. Whirlwind
    (pp. 1-1)
  6. Dreamer
    (pp. 2-2)
  7. Flugelhorn
    (pp. 3-3)
  8. The Green Bear Shanghaied
    (pp. 4-5)
  9. Altimeter
    (pp. 6-6)
  10. The Past
    (pp. 7-7)
  11. Chef
    (pp. 8-8)
  12. Magda
    (pp. 9-9)
  13. Heliotrope
    (pp. 10-10)
  14. Dishabille
    (pp. 11-11)
  15. Ladder
    (pp. 12-12)
  16. The Welcome
    (pp. 13-13)
  17. Typewriter
    (pp. 14-14)
  18. Cricket
    (pp. 15-15)
  19. “In the Fullness of Time”
    (pp. 16-16)
  20. A Reincarnation
    (pp. 17-17)
  21. Missing Person
    (pp. 18-19)
  22. Panama
    (pp. 20-20)
  23. Pilgrim
    (pp. 21-21)
  24. Seasons
    (pp. 22-22)
  25. Tomfoolery
    (pp. 23-23)
  26. Antelope School
    (pp. 24-24)
  27. Shoe
    (pp. 25-25)
  28. Time Poem
    (pp. 26-26)
  29. Varlet
    (pp. 27-27)
  30. Tourniquet
    (pp. 28-28)
  31. The Little Pastor
    (pp. 29-29)
  32. Back from Exile
    (pp. 30-30)
  33. Point of No Return
    (pp. 31-31)
  34. Advice
    (pp. 32-32)
  35. Bluestocking
    (pp. 33-33)
  36. Skydiver
    (pp. 34-34)
  37. 27 and 1/2
    (pp. 35-35)
  38. A Brace of Firearms
    (pp. 36-36)
  39. Who I Am
    (pp. 37-37)
  40. Three
    (pp. 38-38)
  41. Parade
    (pp. 39-39)
  42. Mudflats
    (pp. 40-40)
  43. Nepenthe
    (pp. 41-41)
  44. Coffee
    (pp. 42-42)
  45. The Box
    (pp. 43-43)
  46. The One True Believer
    (pp. 44-44)
  47. A Reunion
    (pp. 45-45)
  48. On the Bridge
    (pp. 46-46)
  49. Rock
    (pp. 47-47)
  50. Born in England
    (pp. 48-48)
  51. Bird of Paradise
    (pp. 49-49)
  52. A Meeting
    (pp. 50-50)
  53. Flight
    (pp. 51-51)
  54. Love Poem
    (pp. 52-52)
  55. The Key
    (pp. 53-53)
  56. Watson
    (pp. 54-54)
  57. Shuteye
    (pp. 55-55)
  58. A Mystery
    (pp. 56-56)
  59. Trust Me
    (pp. 57-57)
  60. Statistics
    (pp. 58-58)
  61. To Be Part of a House
    (pp. 59-61)
  62. Fortuitous
    (pp. 62-62)
  63. Strictly Speaking
    (pp. 63-64)
  64. Back Matter
    (pp. 65-74)