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Man Praying


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In his sixth book, Donald Platt starts a poem by exclaiming, “The days are one thousand / puzzle pieces.” He gathers up the days into this book of terrors and ecstasies decanted in seamlessly reversing tercets of long and short lines, syllabic couplets, and lyric prose.



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Published 31 July 2017
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EAN13 9781602358829
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Free Verse Editions Edited by Jon Thompson
Donald Platt
Parlor Press Anderson, South Carolina www.parlorpress.com
Paror Press C, Anderson, South Caroîna, 29621
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îbrary o Congress Cataogîng-în-Pubîcatîon Data
Names: Patt, Donad, 1957- author. Tîte: Man prayîng : poems / Donad Patt. Descrîptîon: Anderson, South Caroîna : Paror Press, [2017] | Serîes: Free  verse edîtîons | ïncudes bîbîographîca reerences. ïdentîîers: CCN 2017038742 (prînt) | CCN 2017038931 (ebook) | ïSBN  9781602358829 (pd) | ïSBN 9781602358836 (epub) | ïSBN 9781602358843 (  îbook) | ïSBN 9781602358850 (mobî) | ïSBN 9781602358812 (pbk. : acîd-ree  paper) Cassîîcatîon: CC PS3566.286 (ebook) | CC PS3566.286 A6 2017 (prînt) |  DDC 811/.54--dc23 C record avaîabe at https://ccn.oc.gov/2017038742
978-1-60235-881-2 (paperback) 978-1-60235-882-9 (pd) 978-1-60235-883-6 (epub)
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Cover desîgn by Davîd Bakesey. Cover îmage: Chaîm Soutîne,L’Homme en prîère. (The Man în Prayer). 1921-1922. Oî on canvas. 51 x 25 1/2 în. (129.5 x 64.8 cm). Portraît o M. Racîne., oî on canvas, Prîvate Coectîon. © 2017 Estate o Chaîm Soutîne / Artîsts Rîghts Socîety (ARS), New York.” Prînted on acîd-ree paper.
Paror Press, C îs an îndependent pubîsher o schoary and trade tîtes în prînt and mutîmedîa ormats. Thîs book îs avaîabe în paperback and ebook ormats rom Paror Press on the Word Wîde Web at http://www.parorpress. com or through onîne and brîck-and-mortar bookstores. For submîssîon înormatîon or to înd out about Paror Press pubîcatîons, wrîte to Paror Press, 3015 Brackenberry Drîve, Anderson, South Caroîna, 29621, or emaî edîtor@parorpress.com.
Eurydice in Hell3 Every Touch6 Offering Red10 Die Krüppelmappe27 Caravaggio’sBeheading of St. John the Baptist33 The Main Event38 Frozen Assets43 23 Quai de Voltaire50 Christ’s Entry into Brussels in 188955 One Page Torn from the Book of the Names of the Dead60 La Playa los Muertos64 Lighthouse Digest Doomsday List88 Playing Badminton with Eleanor93 Aubade with Foley Catheter96 Like Jacob at Peniel98 Fugitive Pigment101 TheDavydov104
Notes110 Free Verse Editions111 About the Author113
for Dana, Eleanor, and Lucy
My thanks to the edîtors o the oowîng pubîcatîons în whîch these poems, sometîmes în sîghty dîerent versîons, îrst appeared:
BLOOM:“îke Jacob at Penîe”
Crazyhorse:“îghthouse Dîgest Doomsday îst”
Ecotone:“Eurydîce în He”
Green Mountaîns Revîew: “Chrîst’s Entry înto Brusses în 1889,” “One Page Torn rom the Book o the Names o the Dead” (each eatured as a “poem o the week” on the journa’s websîte)
Gu Coast:“Caravaggîo’sBeheadîng o St. John the Baptîst
Passages North:“Oerîng Red”
Praîrîe Schooner: “23 Quaî de Votaîre,” “Every Touch”
Seneca Revîew:“Dîe Krüppemappe,” “a Paya os Muertos”
Southwest Revîew:“The Maîn Event”
Sou’wester:“Aubade wîth Foey Catheter”
VOLT: “Payîng Badmînton wîth Eeanor”
Western Humanîtîes Revîew:“Frozen Assets,” “Fugîtîve Pîgment”
“The Maîn Event” was reprînted înThe Best Amerîcan Poetry 2015(Scrîbner).
ï am grateu to the Natîona Endowment or the Arts or an îndîvîdua artîst’s eowshîp and to Purdue Unîversîty or an Artîstîc Endeavors Feowshîp, both o whîch greaty aîded în the competîon o thîs book. Thanks to Mary eader or oerîng spot-on advîce about some o these poems and to Dana Roeser or her crucîa înput on many o the poems and on the book as a whoe. ï am îndebted to my amîy—Eeanor and ucy Patt and Dana Roeser—or theîr ove and support.