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The Land of Give and Take / Tyler Farrell

The Land of Give and Take

By: Tyler Farrell

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In The Land of Give and Take, Tyler Farrell’s second collection of poems, a variety of characters appear as on a stage: teenagers and grandparents, priests and poets, the wise and the foolish, professors and proles.  Their stories are told by an acute narrator, or often by the characters themselves, and as one poem says, “someone buys the story.”  The reader buys these stories for their authenticity and patho...
ISBN 978-1-912561-01-8
Pub Date Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Cover Image Untitled, mixed media on paper by Kyle Fitzpatrick – kylefitzpatrick.com
Page Count 98
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In The Land of Give and Take, Tyler Farrell’s second collection of poems, a variety of characters appear as on a stage: teenagers and grandparents, priests and poets, the wise and the foolish, professors and proles.  Their stories are told by an acute narrator, or often by the characters themselves, and as one poem says, “someone buys the story.”  The reader buys these stories for their authenticity and pathos.  Shadowing many of the poems is a conflicted Catholicism, sometimes resentful of the churches claims, but recognizing that nothing else gives weight and meaning to the lives of these transient personalities.

Tyler Farrell

Born in Illinois in 1973, Tyler Farrell received his undergraduate degree at Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska where he studied with Eamonn Wall. In 2002 he received his doctorate from UW-Milwaukee where he studied with James Liddy. He has published two books with Salmon Poetry: Tethered to the Earth (2008), and The Land of Give and Take (2012); and has contributed a biographical essay on James Liddy for Liddy’s Selected Poems (Arlen House, 2011). Farrell is currently a visiting assistant professor at Marquette University, and lives in Madison, Wisconsin, with his wife Joan and their two children. His Morrissey imitations are said to be legendary.

The Truth of Angels and Ravens

If you have ever read an autobiography
of an Angel you know
they first kiss every page, then let
them float bound with white hair
in the morning mist of sunshine
until they drop
into the mailbox of God.
If God rejects the submission
(for he gets far more
than he can possibly publish)
he summons a raven
to collect the words - the small
symbols for mankind to decipher - and ties
them to a black feathered back
with golden string made from
stolen ingots confiscated from wall street
embezzlers and big business
brokers. Then the raven swoops down
to earth and drops the manuscript
at a bus stop, or train depot,
or alley way in Brooklyn to watch
the words blow like wind waves
of everyday lives.
And that is how we know
Angels write quite exaggerated
prose about the possibility of their existence.


Three Poems for Joyce and Beckett

Thoughts for James Joyce on Bloomsday, 2009

The heart is a son
made from a world of whispered names.
He makes us beg for secrets
in dark forests.
Trees peak still like Ireland
lit by a century of new slogans.
We are clothed in ancient flesh
borrowed like God’s candles
burnt down for cracks in wooden faces.
We make out lilies by the sea
faint white avenues in air
pavements where canes step down
coat sleeves beat a gesture from light.


Easter with Samuel Beckett (Born on Good Friday)

Upstairs my wife’s family is having house church.
Pause (louder)
Downstairs I’m waiting for Godot.


Poem Written on James Joyce’s Birthday, Feb 2, 2010

Clear glass eye-patch,
Mass card labyrinth.
I can see your sugar of roses
marchpane
foul pleasures in the spring
emblazoned on a bench
inside Dublin,
pipe smell of burn.
A long letter
costs half a crown,
parchment caresses the skin.
Tremble now, say yes.

Copyright Tyler Farrell 2012


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