"Beautiful Bullets" at McIntyre & Moore
- "Beautiful Bullets," a new book of poems by Gary Duehr, is now available at
McIntyre & Moore Booksellers in Davis Square.
From Manson to the moon shot, from I Love Paul to I Love Bobby, "Beautiful
Bullets" looks back at the 1960s to find out what went wrong, and why--as
well as searching for echoes thirty years later.
Voices of the poems range from Lee Harvey Oswald interrogating himself at
trial, to LBJ dreaming himself on the moon, to Che Guevara exchanging
letters with Marie Antoinette about the 1968 student riots in Paris.
"Beautiful Bullets" was supported in part by a grant from the National
Endowment for the Arts and by a grant from the Somerville Arts Council. The
book is 88 pp., $13.95, published by Cobble Hill Books.
Duehr will be reading from "Beautiful Bullets" on Tuesday, Oct. 14, at 7 pm
at the Newton Free Library poetry series.
From a microphone, angry words fly back
into a mouth, a spread-eagled student drags
two cops down the street, a fist
descends, & bombs retrace their tracks
up into the bay of a B-52. Some kids
use canisters to collect tear gas, which angle
perfectly into the tips
of rifle barrels. Flames get sucked from thatch
by Zippos, & a Huey drops a cache
of bodies in a net--they hurriedly untangle
& return to scrubbing clothes & feeding pigs.
Snare drum sticks
absorb their rattle, billy clubs heal
foreheads, napalm grafts skin, & Nixon takes back
everything he said. America starts to feel
trust & not suspicion, protesters grow younger & become
ROTC, Eagle Scouts, & twisters at a senior prom.