Brian Teare


Pavement Saw Press Chapbook Series
Winner of the 2008-09 Chapbook Contest
ISBN 978-1-886350-22-9
36 pages, saddle stapled, 2011

A chapbook length poem written in the tradition of Robert Duncan and William Carlos Williams.

A former Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, Brian Teare is the recipient of poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the MacDowell Colony and the Marin Headlands Center for the Arts. He has published poetry and criticism in Boston Review, Ploughshares, Provincetown Arts, St. Mark's Poetry Project Newsletter, Seneca Review, and Verse, as well as in the anthologies Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century and At the Barriers: The Poetry of Thom Gunn. His first book, The Room Where I Was Born, won the 2003 Brittingham Prize and the 2004 Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry. His second book, Sight Map, is out from University of California Press; his third, Pleasure, was published by Ahsahta Press. On the graduate faculty of the University of San Francisco and Mills College, he lives in San Francisco, where he makes books by hand for his micropress, Albion Books. Soon, he will move to Philadelphia.

------ Here are the first two groups of this poem: ------

To begin with the desire
    to begin without a title-like

        we spend our seconds slowly
         deciding a trail
        to take, the slower to adore

    more the rhetoric of a choice
and lend logos to whim's

irrepressible stretchy
    syntax, the poem for a time

        both kinesis and mimesis, process
         and scene, body and world, our
        selves doubled, stationed between two

    possibilities continuous
rather than discrete-