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Portrait of Bradley Steffens by the late Brian McGovern


All Things Visible and Invisible

Poems by Bradley Steffens


I

Auriga (Graphic)
Auriga (Text)
Centaur’s Visit
Succubus
Satyr in the City
The Twelve-Foot-Long Iguana
Ninja
Two Weeks Ago


II

Deity
Driving Through Yellowstone at Midnight
I Wake to the Sound of Dinosaurs
Eviscerated
The Fallen Eucalyptus


III

The Call
The Former Cryptographer
Muncie, 1973
Watching West, 1970
Sunset, 1967
New Year’s Day, 1962
1957 Waterloo City Championship
Postville, 1943


IV

Automobile
Next Life
Love Potion
Preoccupied
Communion
Getting the Letter Right


V

Subzero Christmas Day
Orange
Teaching Ezekiel To Wish
Magic 8-Ball
Poetry Is a Magic Trick


VI

Lakeside Diversion
Another Lakeside Diversion
The Melting Point
Snack’s End
The Steppingstones to Go
Checker
From an Eighteenth Century Painted Tile
At the Beach
Crocus Hill


VII

These Gathered Roses
Finding a Treehouse



ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

Portrait of Bradley Steffens by the late Brian McGovern, painted in 1976.

Most of these poems originally appeared elsewhere: “I Wake to the Sound of Dinosaurs,” “Next Life,” “Love Potion,” “The Former Cryptographer,” “Lakeside Diversion,” and “Poetry Is A Magic Trick,” Loonfeather; “Deity,” “Ninja,” “New Year’s Day, 1962,” and “Preoccupied,” San Diego Writers’ Monthly; “Sub-Zero Christmas Day,” “Checker,” and “The Fallen Eucalyptus,” Sidewalks; “Two Weeks Ago,” “Auriga,” and “Centaur’s Visit,” Crosscurrents; “Succubus” and “Driving Through Yellowstone at Midnight,” The Bellingham Review; “Postville, 1943” and “Crocus Hill,” Farmer’s Market; “Sunset, 1967” and “The Twelve-Foot-Long Iguana,” Stone Country; “Automobile” and “From An Eighteenth Century Painted Tile,” River Bottom; “The Melting Point” and “Orange,” The Princeton Packet; “Satyr In The City,” The Worcester Review; “Magic 8-Ball,” The Birmingham Review; “Communion,” Black Buzzard Review; “1957 Waterloo City Championship,” The Lake Street Review; “Teaching Ezekiel To Wish,” Embers; “Muncie, 1973,” Blue Unicorn; “Snack’s End,” Plains Poetry Journal; “Getting The Letter Right,” The Ball State University Forum; “Watching West, 1970,” The Eastsider; “At the Beach,” Earthwise; “The Steppingstones To Go,” The Hartford Courant. I thank the editors of these periodicals for their encouragement and support.

 

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