Adam Fitzgerald (born December 30, 1983) is an American poet. He is the author of The Late Parade, and his poetry has appeared in Boston Review, Fortnight Journal, Los Angeles Review of Books, Post Road, Rain Taxi, The Brooklyn Rail and many others. Fitzgerald is the founding editor of the poetry journal Maggy. He teaches at Rutgers University and The New School.
Adam Fitzgerald received his BA from Boston College and his MA from Boston University before earning his M.F.A. from the Columbia University. His first book of poetry, The Late Parade, was published by W.W. Norton/Liveright in 2013; the book has received positive reviews from John Ashbery and Harold Bloom, among other ... more »
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Adam Fitzgerald Poems
To a Boy Leading a Horse
Under a shudder of sun A murmur of wood. The opal sky impure as lead,
The Love Song of Saint Sebastian
There would be nothing more to say. You would love me because I should have strangled you
The Relay Station
We sleep in private homes now, forgetting the laundry or whomever's name. Snow
Striated in folds, his red gown flows Like a firemuscle dipped to a flamelip, While featherlegged, lame and limp his toes Writhe wearily wave-enrhythmed steps, chipped
Fondly, have we apprehended tomorrow? O let us not say anything rushed too soon, For too soon it was quick unexpectedness Who snapped and left us brushed to go
I have not come too late, too late to the house upon this seldom street. When one is tired and one searches why one is tired and cannot sleep, perhaps one fears they have forgot,
On the Face of Christopher Marlowe,1585
Dank and of phosphorous hue from your strict Cambridge frame, each harsh cheek a white plum cinched in a pink's slight pinch,
Inchoate lily fronds, and tawny gloss Splaying across a dim pond While dilatorily he surveys himself, Azurely lost
Man Out of Sea
I built a man out of the sea today. Clay waves, hurricane flotsam and jellies Sopping into these palms’ quiet caverns— I held seaweed and basalted sponges,
His stone shoes tipped askew on the curb’s hush, The plump of poor men’s cheeks he saw bestow
The Coming Train
It was a time of grandeur then, When marble strangers huddled in lobbies And cell phones stopped working Their tired itemizing and lonely inventories
The poor man with anonymous face Stalks the cut rows of flower fields Where sleeping turf blurs into bland Patches of sea-blue, chalk, blushing rose
Who is here and who will bother? It doesn't matter dear,
Out of seaweed mermaid wood The wit of snowbird shadows Crowds your lip where no word Has known ferns or urn-songs.
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To a Boy Leading a Horse
Under a shudder of sun
A murmur of wood.
The opal sky impure as lead,
The air is gaunt and azure-sedged;
Combed with glass and mercury.
A marble tomb suspended.
Under the flesh of this sun
I fear for your tenderness, boy.
Though the wind is not more bronze
Than the crumpled ochre of your skin,
With the petal of your phallus
Outlined as the rest of your body
In chrome and creosote, your eyes imprinted
Wild with tarnished ash and flaking rock-flint —
What of you is permanent?
A gash of
Shadow leaks above your chin, ...