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What Vanishes

John Menaghan

ISBN: 978-1-907056-14-7

Page Count: 90

Publication Date: Friday, May 01, 2009

Cover Artwork: Jessie Lendennie


About this Book

What Vanishes contains four sections: poems of place and displacement set in such far-flung locales as Budapest, Berkeley, Vancouver, Point Pleasant, and the skies above Australia along with Dublin, Ballybunion, Dingle, and Drumcliffe; poems of love and loss, engagement, alienation, and endurance; poems focused on music and musicians, from blues to bluegrass to punk to jazz; and "found" poems from sources as varied as Diane Arbus, Teilhard de Chardin, job postings, a calendar, a bus shelter, and a fortune cookie. Through this startling variety of poems in a range of forms from blank verse to free verse to "shaped" poetry runs a steady concern with what it's like to find and lose, to be lost and found, in a world in which our fate is, as Yeats has it, not only to be "in love" but always to love what vanishes.

Praise for John Menaghan's previous collections

One of the best books of 2006. She Alone evokes the life of a woman artist in fifty-odd lyrics, each in a different form, each handled with unobtrusive panache. Here is a book in which style and substance harmonize ... poetry with a human center ... smart and affecting ... utterly original.

The Hudson Review


A unique experience ... enthusiastically recommended.

Midwest Book Review


All the Money in the World ... marks an auspicious beginning, ... humorous, ironic, erotic, neurotic, and tender both by turns & often simultaneously ... quite wonderful.

Kirkus Reviews


Author Biography

John Menaghan, born in New Jersey, has lived in Boston, Berkeley, Vancouver, Syracuse, London, Dublin, Belfast, Galway, Gortahork, and Dingle, & presently makes his home in Venice, CA. Winner of an Academy of American Poets Prize and other awards, he has published poems and articles in various journals and given readings in Ireland, England, France, Hungary, and the U.S. He has also had several short plays produced in Los Angeles. Menaghan teaches at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, where he also serves as Director of both the Irish Studies and Summer in Ireland programs and runs the LMU Irish Cultural Festival.


Read a sample from this book

In the Buda Hills

At the third floor window of my panzi -
the bottom quarter of a tangerine
hangs over Pest, all the rest concealed
behind grey cloud, city lights shining,
shaping a new terrain as darkness falls.
But here below me, closer in, houses
hold their colors, shapes though edges yield
to a buttery blur as night comes on.
Up above, tangerine drifting higher
now till a cloud's grey band splits it in two,
orange glow pulsing above and below
a thin silk sash. Then the hillside fading.
Porch bulbs one by one popping on as dusk
deepens to dark. Tangerine rising against
a charcoal sky till it finally breaks free
and full over Pest's electric sea while
green hills go black at last, landscape aglow
like a milky way full of miniature moons.


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