Douglas Goetsch

(1963 / Brooklyn, New York City)

Biography of Douglas Goetsch

Douglas Goetsch poet

Douglas Goetsch's books of poetry include NOBODY'S HELL (Hanging Loose Press, 1999), THE JOB OF BEING EVERYBODY (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2004), winner of the CSU Poetry Center Open Competition, Nameless Boy (forthcoming) and four chapbooks. He is a recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts, a Pushcart Prize, the Donald Murray Prize, the Paumanok Prize, and numerous other honors. His work has appeared in Poetry , The New Yorker , The Iowa Review , The Gettysburg Review , Best American Poetry , online at Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac , on the air at NPR. Updates


It's easy to want someone dead.
Take this guy who removed
the muffler from his Harley,
now tearing down the block
at 3 a.m., or the dickhead
flicking a lit cigarette from his car
to the sidewalk. Something tells
me the woman tossing chicken
bones under the bus seat, now licking

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