Foreword by Jane Hirshfield Acknowledgements 2 Little Litany 4 I. Litany for the City 5 Philadelphia, 1976 6 Vespers 8 The Cabinet of Things Swallowed 11 Dear Doctor Franklin 13 Hard Light through Hemlock 15 Ars Poetica 18 Dear Doctor Franklin 21 The City that Swallowed the Sea 23 Cathedrals 25 Dear Doctor Franklin 27 A Sunday Box 30 Notes on the Twenty-first Century 31 Ode, Elegy, Aubade, Psalm 33 Strange Elegy 35 Ephesians 37 Vigils 38 Ode to a Hawk with Wings Burning 41 II. Foreign Films 44 Foreign Film at the Garman Opera House 45 Cinema Verite 47 Foreign Film at the Ritz at the Bourse 49 III. Metropolitan Suite 51
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Ryan Teitman: Ryan Teitman was born in Philadelphia and is a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University. He received his BA from Penn State University and worked as a newspaper reporter in and around Philadelphia before receiving an MFA and MA from Indiana University. His poems have appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Mid-American Review, Ninth Letter, Sycamore Review, and Washington Square, among other publications. He currently lives in Berkeley, California.
"In many ways this is a book of devotion, a set of prayers to a world that is both ugly and beautiful--full of sorrow, joy and the bizarre...a powerful first collection by a very promising new writer--successfully announcing what will hopefully be a long-lasting presence in contemporary poetry." --Mary: A Journal of New Writing "Things are changed by how they are used. Even the hot breath of a resolute sigh, trapped under a blanket at the moment of waking transforms into a 'coat of warmth / that I knew could / never fray.'" --Southern Indiana Review "Litany for the City embodies the scope and complexity of an urban setting, as well as the emotive depth and wonder it is to be human. In the end, it is only this muddled and luscious reside of experience with its form fading into fume that one is left with, and Teitman proves it is more than enough." --Todd McCarty, Gently Read Literature "Teitman maps the way only a poet can map, sketching in then blurring out the borders between inner and outer with each line. It is the poetic act of noticing that finds cathedrals everywhere. And language, repetition, is what holds it all together ... This book has a heart that goes beyond the strength of its crafting or imagery. It reminds us of what only poetry can do."-The Rumpus