The Falling Down Dance by Chris Martin

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Martin's lines are a brief as breath, and cloister us at home, in winter, where the tiny everyday ministrations of love and parenthood are magnified and abundant with meaning.

I wanted to tell you something
About the shipwreck
Of fatherhood, of motherhood, the coarse
Sugar leaving us
Shook. Soft wreck of the baby
Greeting each kiss
With an open
And drooling mouth, reflex
We don't understand
Heart-blip stuck
Tipping my finger
On the keys, speeding
Memory of yesterday out
The window I'm
Pushing barely open

Chris Martin is the author of American Music (Copper Canyon, 2007) and Becoming Weather (Coffee House Press, 2011).


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Chris Martin's debut volume of poetry, American Music (Copper Canyon), won the Hayden Carruth Award. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Published November 2, 2015 by Coffee House Press. 98 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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In this spare, poignant collection, Martin (Becoming Weather) invites readers into the microcosm of new fatherhood against a wintry backdrop that produces isolation and intimacy in turn. Righ

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