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The Invention of New Jersey

The Invention of New Jersey

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    The Invention of New Jersey
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    "I like his poetry because it takes me into another world, one where wit conquers the pain of inadequacy and the sur-beautiful covers up the dingy hopelessness of reality. The test of a poet, for me, is whether or not he can take you into his own world, his own creation, and fascinate you enough to stay there a while and savor the poems. i think Jack Anderson's poetry is a true record of an imagination."-Diane Wakoski

    eISBN: 978-0-8229-7890-9
    Subjects: Language & Literature

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  1. Napoleon’s Retreat
    (pp. 6-7)

    The Queen of Hearts is waltzing on the ice. She wears a sealskin coat and a bonnet of ptarmigan feathers. Napoleon has deserted her.

    It is a month between December and January. Christmas has been burned to the ground. The Queen of Hearts is waltzing on the frozen pond. Her boots are the color of otter’s milk. Her muff is made of the fur of wolves. Distant cannon fire shakes the ice.

    Napoleon has deserted her. Napoleon has deserted her like a monarch who cringes from the hawk on his wrist. With the departure of Napoleon on his belly, on...

  2. The Princess of Feet-Above-Sea-Level
    (pp. 8-8)
  3. Fiction
    (pp. 11-12)

    You, who have always relished the picturesque, may be interested to learn that our life here has become identical to a page of fiction.

    On the surface, little seems changed. We still go about our business, and it is our business to go about looking well. But the very act of getting about has grown harder because there are generators blowing strong winds in our paths, so that wherever we go we confront the wind which hardens into despair on our faces. Of course, no one admits that it bothers him—for who would dare hint that he is lacking...

  4. The White Chapter
    (pp. 13-13)

    In this part of the story you wake up and find that everything is white. Morning and evening alike, the sky will be washed by searchlights. Stout women in aprons will glide past both sides of your bed carrying plates of dumplings. The knives will be sheathed in wool, the icepick embedded in cotton. When you cry, your tears will spread like cream around oatmeal. Nothing will be stained, nothing spotted. With your toes in plaster, like capped teeth, you will cross streets of crude rubber. So you do not skid into unmarked pits, the miners will scatter salt in...

  5. Pages from an Imaginary Dream Book
    (pp. 23-24)
  6. Three Little Stories
    (pp. 26-27)

    I have been given a library of children’s books which once belonged to a famous film critic. She has bound each book in dark blue bindings. The bindings are faintly aromatic. Not of leather, not of ink, but of herbs, spices. For into each volume is bound one of Pavlova’s tea leaves.

    I am in Chicago, walking down Michigan Ave. It is winter. There is snow on the ground. It is early evening, the time people start going to concerts. I pass Orchestra Hall. It is brightly lighted. There are many people lined up at the box office and standing...

  7. Some Things That He Does
    (pp. 36-37)

    He never gets enough sleep. In the morning his eyes are no different than the dirty dishes stacked in the sink. It pleases him to pretend that his buttocks are apples, that his knees are hardboiled eggs. But where is the water that could cleanse his eyes?

    He has built for himself a tent of stinking fish scales. Even the cats stay away from that smell. But he pitches his tent and breathes it all in, as though preparing to hear a cry for help. Whose? he wonders. Maybe mine?

    The cockroaches are clever. When someone turns on the light,...

  8. On the Road to the Eye Hospital
    (pp. 48-48)
  9. The Invention of New Jersey
    (pp. 49-50)
  10. A Dance of Definitions Around Their Words
    (pp. 52-53)
  11. Toward an Inventory of the American Image
    (pp. 62-63)