Craig Arnold

(1967 - 2009 / United States)

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Craig Arnold (November 16, 1967 – c. April 27, 2009) was an American poet and professor. His first book of poems, Shells (1999), was selected by W. S. Merwin for the Yale Series of Younger Poets.[1][2] His many honors include the 2005 Joseph Brodsky Rome Prize Fellowship in literature, The Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Fellowship, an Alfred Hodder Fellowship, a Fulbright Fellowship, an NEA ... more »

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I'm cooking Thai—you bring the beer.
The same order, although it's been a year

—friendships based on food are rarely stable.
We should have left ours at the table

where it began, and went to seed,
that appetite we shared, based less in need

than boredom—always at the cheapest restaurants,
Thai, Szechwan, taking our chance

with gangs and salmonella—what was hot?
The five-starred curries? The pencilled out

entrees?—the first to break a sweat
would leave the tip. I raise the knocker, let

it fall, once, twice, and when the ...

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