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.

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The Kingdom

A little girl in her Halloween princess costume,
purple and white, thin satin or polyester,
a slit in the sleeve, a sweatshirt underneath
her mother made her wear over her screams.
Still, she couldn't be more excited, waving
her cardboard wand. Children need so little;
pennies for the fountain, bread for the sparrows.
You tell them to sit on the floor and they do.
Even rich kids know there's nothing better

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