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Temporary Help Poems

by John Engman

  • ISBN: 9780930100827
  • ISBN10: 0930100824

Temporary Help Poems

by John Engman

  • List Price: $12.95
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Consortium Book Sales & Dist
  • Publish date: 04/01/1998
  • ISBN: 9780930100827
  • ISBN10: 0930100824
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Description: John Engman's posthumously published book of poems stands out among contemporary poetry for its Frank O'Hara-like originality. The poems in this unique collection, finished shortly before his sudden death at age 47, capture Midwestern urban life in all its wild joy and sad loneliness. In poem after poem, Engman chose and succeeded with impossible topics -- a sestina written about the Federal Reserve Bank, poems celebrating the sorrows of apartment life, and a gallery of sad, silly characters whose lives, he insisted, be invested with dignity and respect. Here is honor for city workers trapped in mundane jobs for whom Engman pleads, "we are citizens of the Milky Way/and we can sing.
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