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About the Author: Peter Makuck

Peter Makuck is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at East Carolina University. He is the author of Long Lens: New and Selected Poems and two collections of short stories, Breaking and Entering and Costly Habits. His poems, stories, and essays have appeared in the Georgia Review, Hudson Review, Poetry, Sewanee Review, the Nation, and Gettysburg Review.


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Hardcover, Published in Jan 1994 by BOA Editions Ltd.

ISBN10: 091852640X | ISBN13: 9780918526403

Page count: 80

Nights

Next door, he climbs under
A jacked-up Chevy with a droplight.

His girl rags off
The silver tools before passing them under.

Tire-scream and glasspack-rumble.
The concerto in my room goes weak.

But when they quit
It's a black quiet.

I lie down and my mind gets up
In its sleep.

At my kitchen table
He leans over a blank page --

Cut hands and cracked nails
Rimmed with slim moons of dirt.

He is mocking
Up a list of my loves:

The click of well-seated valves,
A good rock beat for the drags,
A girl beside me,
The beautiful poor white girl
Who will litter me kids,
Adjust the light, shadows for make-up.


© BOA Editions, Ltd 1982

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