CONTENTS*Like a Satellite. Like a Stranger. Like a Waltz. 11My Cutlass Seems Dated 12Poultry Chronicle 13Grandpa in Exile 15Undid 16One Cadet Crashed 22When I Said I'm Changing Hats I Meant It; This Hat is Crummy. 23In Their Numbers 25Short History of Kites 26Have I Forgotten Anything 27*Oafish 31under one box another box 32A boy is a body stretched everywhere. 33The Weight Behind the Eyes 35When They Put Me On Trial I Lasted Five Minutes 36They Did Not Come Close 40all of them nice people I think. 41Sparks of Light and Electrical Boxes 43What Next? 44*There is a day under a box 47Whereupon Lydia Sparrow 50Two-Year Old Reviews Die Hard with a Vengeance 51I Abandoned My Plans. I Had No Plans. 52Till It Sticks 54The Small Ones, in White 56Home-Made Whelping Box 57When I Pass Out I See a Pleasant Vista Heated by Coal 59prayer 60The sun is an example of what? A light burning over a donut. 61Great Wallpaper Dealer 62My other thought rides a bicycle into a tree. 63Self Portrait: Swimming in Monkeys 65 *if it's still called that 69All At Once 70I've Been Unwell & Now I'm Well 71Young Fly Catcher 72Now inside of a man 74My Little 76If it still exists I would like to visit the pharmacy. 77I Am Walking to You Now 78Optimal Brain Institute 80Night Jar 81Say Uncle 83I Make Mistakes While Sleeping 84*The Flag Was a Kind of Flannel 85Hazard Avoidance Routine 90Some Sleep is a Rerun 92A Little (more) About Me 93your staff has misplaced my file 95Slow Motion Research 96I rinsed my face and wished to be rid of it. 97Divisions of the Book 98through the mail you can buy a queen 99One More Time 100*Right Now 105I Got News For You 107 The Gate Snaps Open 109Where I Come From 110In A Small Boy Blinking 111
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Michael Teig is the author of Big Back Yard (BOA Editions, 2003), winner of the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize. His work has appeared in many journals, including FIELD, Conduit, Black Warrior Review, Bateau, Crazyhorse, Pleiades, and A Public Space. He is a co-founder and editor-at-large of jubilat. Born in Franklin, PA, Teig holds degrees from Oberlin College and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. His honors include awards and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Academy of American Poets, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. He lives in Easthampton, MA, with his wife and son.
"...in his image-rich free verse, the boundaries between cause and effect, the lines separating people, animals, vegetables, and manufactured products nearly disappear, creating a space part pastoral, part postmodern, and close to the poet's peers and models... from Tomasz Salamun to Dara Wier." --Publishers Weekly "Brimming with wit ... Teig's second book of poems has one of the boldest titles in poetry-book history, and he follows his standout title with highly imaginative poems boasting imagery with passionate reach. Nearly every poem in this collection can be viewed as a picturesque mural that doesn't quite make sense,yet, curiously, leads to wonder and excitement ... It is quite possible that Teig has inherited the mantle of William Carlos Williams' 'Red Wheelbarrow.' But there is nothing here that is definitive, and that is the point." --Booklist "...the poems in There's a Box in the Garage You Can Beat with a Stick are weird but likeable, and they make your brain feel all tingly when you read them ... There's A Box in the Garage You Can Beat with a Stick pairs charming, irreverent images with a sincere tone, making poems that at once are both accessible and elusive." -Newpages "...these poems, through their connectivity and juxtapositions, through their dexterous leaps of mind and perception, rise from the page and occupy, in dazzling multiplicity, the unseen yet fully habitable rooms of consciousness, rooms writers and readers enter to consider questions guaranteeing at best transitory answers. In these pages Teig insists on embracing the push and pull of an uncertainty that springs from within and bears down, from without." -American Microreviews & Interviews