James Reiss Poems
- How Now Brown Cow was what we said back in New Jersey when ...
- ¿habla Usted Español? ¿Habla Usted Español? The Spanish ...
- My Daughters In New York What streets, what taxis transport ...
- The Breathers The Breathers (Jeffrey Andrew Reiss: October...
- Crystal Crystal A man wets his forefinger with his tongue ...
- The Blue Snow The Blue Snow Right now, somewhere, someone ...
- People In Sunlight People In Sunlight A man and a woman ...
James Reiss is an American poet.
James Reiss (pronounced "Reese") grew up in the Washington Heights section of New York City and in northern New Jersey. He earned his B.A. and his M.A. in English from the University of Chicago.
His poems have appeared in various magazines, including The Atlantic, Esquire, The Nation, The New Republic, The New Yorker, Poetry, Slate and Virginia Quarterly Review.
He has won grants from the Creative Artists Public Service Program of the New York State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts. the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Ohio Arts Council. He has received awards ... more »
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How Now Brown Cow
was what we said back in New Jersey
when it was cool to like Ike and skip school
though truthfully brown Jersey cows
were outnumbered by black-and-white Holsteins
north of Teaneck when whole milk said moo
to rickety slogans that skinny was chic.
Nah, the Garden State never kowtowed
to low fat before Twiggy got famous
& Secaucus's pig farms shut down so factory
outlets could oink where hogs used to stink.
Strip malls built on landfill had not yet replaced
the acres of undrained salt flats
that sprouted with cattails like wow. ...