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Eleanor Lerman Award Winning Poet- RADIOMEN

RADIOMEN

by Eleanor Lerman

There are two themes to Radiomen. First, if there are aliens interacting with our world they are likely just as confused about who or what God is as human beings are; and second, whoever they are, they’re probably just as fond of dogs as we are.

Laurie, a woman who works at a bar at Kennedy airport doesn’t remember that when she was a child, she met an alien on the fire escape of a building where her uncle kept a shortwave radio. The radio is part of a universal network of repeaters maintained by an unknown alien race; they us the network to broadcast prayers into the universe.

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Eleanor Lerman Poet- STRANGE LIFE

STRANGE LIFE
A new collection of poetry from Eleanor Lerman
Mysterious, metaphysical and definitely not mainstream

The arc of Lerman’s work can be traced from the “double-X” rating that The New York Times suggested for her 1974 National Book Award-nominated debut collection of poetry (for its early emphasis on sex, drugs and rock and roll) to meditations on infinity that now speak to an audience spanning the generations. In STRANGE LIFE, Lerman’s sixth volume of poems, she imagines surfing as a metaphor describing persistence in the face of relentlessly passing time and the company of dogs as an ancestral promise of faith in the strength of the human heart. In Lerman’s work, the mystery of what waits beyond the horizon is always present and we cannot help but move towards it, looking for that place where light and darkness are forever intertwined. “It’s a strange life,” Lerman writes, “but wait: it’s getting stranger still.”

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Eleanor Lerman Author- DOG YEARS

Dog Years
by ELEANOR LERMAN

Look, I’m sure you knew how the story was
supposed to go, but didn’t believe it. No one
who comes from the kind of place where we did
is that nice—or stupid. Meat on a plate was
never going to be served in restaurants, but run
to ground in some evil alley that would later be
the scene of all performances, paid and otherwise,
until such time as we wised up, which was always
going to take years and years

And since it’s clear that nothing will be given,
now comes the time to track down what can be
saved. You’ll need a dog and a map of the stars,
neither of which will be found in any place that you
think to look, so think harder. Think like you live
in the underbelly, like no one knows you anymore,
but still, you can’t be stopped

Except, stop here, just for a moment: where there
is summer. Where there is this scene, composed
of fireflies, children, wet bathing suits on the porch
Yes, that house, where you did not live, which
was not yours, though something else was. Is.
Invisible and hungry. Lost, lost, lost, it says,
and bares its teeth

But now it approaches you with an offer, fond
as it is of any woman who rescues a dog (did you
understand that was the clue?) So sit a while,
with your animal, at the edge of the family group
in the hour that is suspended between then and now,
when the lights are coming on, the food is cooking,
the moon rising, and you are permitted to
remember everything

Which you do. And then, when the stars appear,
continue on your way. Headed where?
That would be, wherever you are expected:
down the road, into or out of darkness
Certainly, though the distance may be
measured not in light but dog years,
the clues—as you have seen—are everywhere
All you have to do is follow them: the time
was always meant to be now

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

ELEANOR LERMAN’s first book of poetry, Armed Love (Wesleyan University Press, 1973), published when she was twenty-one, was nominated for a National Book Award. She has since published four other award-winning collections of poetry: Come the Sweet By and By (University of Massachusetts Press, 1975); The Mystery of Meteors (Sarabande Books, 2001); Our Post-Soviet History Unfolds (Sarabande Books, 2005); The Sensual World Re-Emerges (Sarabande Books, 2010), along with Observers and Other Stories (Artemis Press, 2002), a collection of short stories. She received the 2002 Joy Bale Boone Award for Poetry, the 2006 Milton Dorfman Poetry Prize, and was the recipient of the 2006 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets and The Nation magazine for the year’s most outstanding book of poetry, Our Post-Soviet History Unfolds. In 2007, she received a NEA Fellowship in Poetry and her work is included in the 2008 Pushcart Prize Anthology. Her novel, Janet Planet, was published in 2011, the same year she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship.

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ELEANOR LERMAN Author- AT NIGHT, THE CITY

AT NIGHT, THE CITY
by ELEANOR LERMAN

At night,
while the city paints its claws,
the sex slaves are still sent out
into the darkness to look for us
Oh, how we loved them,
every little monster
We even knew their real names

At night,
we can still hear the spikes
being driven into the ground,
the drinks being poured,
the come-ons being written
by the comedians who are kept
chained behind the bar

At night,
with all signals go,
the lipstick and the lingerie electrified,
it is tempting to forget that the city
once promised to stop lying

to those of us
who now consist primarily
of subtle forces
ranged around the outskirts,
knowing too much to think
that there would ever be
an easy way to get out of town

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

ELEANOR LERMAN’s first book of poetry, Armed Love (Wesleyan University Press, 1973), published when she was twenty-one, was nominated for a National Book Award. She has since published four other award-winning collections of poetry: Come the Sweet By and By (University of Massachusetts Press, 1975); The Mystery of Meteors (Sarabande Books, 2001); Our Post-Soviet History Unfolds (Sarabande Books, 2005); The Sensual World Re-Emerges (Sarabande Books, 2010), along with Observers and Other Stories (Artemis Press, 2002), a collection of short stories. She received the 2002 Joy Bale Boone Award for Poetry, the 2006 Milton Dorfman Poetry Prize, and was the recipient of the 2006 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets and The Nation magazine for the year’s most outstanding book of poetry, Our Post-Soviet History Unfolds. In 2007, she received a NEA Fellowship in Poetry and her work is included in the 2008 Pushcart Prize Anthology. Her novel, Janet Planet, was published in 2011, the same year she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship.

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453 South Spring Street, Suite 531
Los Angeles, CA 90013

 

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Eleanor Lerman Author- STRANGE LIFE

STRANGE LIFE

by Eleanor Lerman

It’s as if you are alone in a room
in an empty house and there’s music
playing somewhere, the kind of
music that you always knew would
accompany a moment like this
The air is heavy. The water in
the pool outside looks like glass
The color of everything can be
described as in the blue hour,
which eventually fades to gray
Yes, it’s a strange life
But wait. It’s getting stranger still

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

ELEANOR LERMAN’s first book of poetry, Armed Love (Wesleyan University Press, 1973), published when she was twenty-one, was nominated for a National Book Award. She has since published four other award-winning collections of poetry: Come the Sweet By and By (University of Massachusetts Press, 1975); The Mystery of Meteors (Sarabande Books, 2001); Our Post-Soviet History Unfolds (Sarabande Books, 2005); The Sensual World Re-Emerges (Sarabande Books, 2010), along with Observers and Other Stories (Artemis Press, 2002), a collection of short stories. She received the 2002 Joy Bale Boone Award for Poetry, the 2006 Milton Dorfman Poetry Prize, and was the recipient of the 2006 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets and The Nation magazine for the year’s most outstanding book of poetry, Our Post-Soviet History Unfolds. In 2007, she received a NEA Fellowship in Poetry and her work is included in the 2008 Pushcart Prize Anthology. Her novel, Janet Planet, was published in 2011, the same year she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship.

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453 South Spring Street, Suite 531
Los Angeles, CA 90013

 

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