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John Engman's posthumously published book of poems, finished shortly before his sudden death at age 47, captures Midwestern urban life in all its wild joy and sad loneliness. With Frank O'Hara-like originality, Engman chose and succeeded with impossible topics. Here is honor for city workers trapped in mundane jobs for whom Engman pleads, "we are citizens of the Milky Way/and we can sing".

Temporary Help: Poems 1998, Holy Cow Press

ISBN-13: 9780930100827

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