Brian Teare

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how a birch shirks its skins : strange
grain of the language of prayer : to disturb
words addressed to where God is is
what writing is : alphabet alive beneath

Lent Prayer

The way prayer is root to precarious : two crows creep
the steeple. Not winter,
not spring. Given a chance,
a season out of season will write

Dead House Sonnet

house of each sentence endlessly hinged, house of each phrase
opened elegy
entirely latches, exactly latches, hasps, proliferant, endlessly opened, of


interval from felt
to string a struck
ear's the soul's seat
set ringing —easy


Now the rain
Now the seams put in evening
Now the tree seeming shakes out
of felt unfolds cleanly

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Born in Athens, Georgia, Brian Teare grew up in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He received a BA in English and creative writing from the University of Alabama and an MFA in creative writing from Indiana University in 2000. His collections of poetry include The Room Where I Was Born (2003), winner of the Brittingham Prize and the 2004 Thom Gunn Award for Gay ...

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