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eccentric!

Damn, I can’t justify buying more books just yet:

Mr. Kleinzahler is an American eccentric, a hard man to pin down. Born in New Jersey, he writes poems that have a pushy exuberance and an expert recall of that state’s tougher schoolyards — of bullies with names like Stinky Phil and of “fire trucks and galoshes,/the taste of pencils and Louis Bocca’s ear.” And he writes with elegiac insight about life’s losers, the people he calls “strange rangers,” the addicted, insane or destitute.

Give me you spineless
your weak-willed,
your sadomasochistic
and traumatized
the beaten and broken
and those with stars
in their eyes

Give me those with hearts
that beat strong despite
the horror,
and somehow still believe
in love
and beauty

Those precious few
who just can’t be anything
less than human,
for no amount of demonization
or saintliness
can be applied.

Leave them on the curb,
I’ll get them in the morning.

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