HAZMAT, meaning "hazardous material," is an abbreviation familiar from signs at the entrances to long dark tunnels or on the sides of suspicious containers. Here, in a series of stunning poems, J. D. McClatchy examines the first hazmat we all encounter: our own bodies. The virtuosic "Tattoos" meditates on why we decorate the body's surface, while other poems plunge daringly inward, capturing the way in which everything that makes us human-desire and decay, need and curiosity, the jarring sense of loss and mortality-hovers ...

Hazmat 2004, Knopf Publishing Group, New York, NY

ISBN-13: 9780375709913

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Hazmat 2002, Alfred A. Knopf, New York, NY

ISBN-13: 9780375414671