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Kevin Prufer

Kevin Prufer’s most recent book is In a Beautiful Country (Four Way Books, 2011). He is the author of five books of poetry and the editor of four anthologies, including New European Poets edited with Wayne Miller (Graywolf, 2008). His work has appeared in The Paris Review, The New Republic, The Kenyon Review, and Shenandoah. He teaches in the creative writing program at the University of Houston.


Love & Terror

Spring 2012 | Poetry

I love you so much my terror has left me. I love you so much, my terror has put on its coat and paces the sidewalk, hands in its pockets, breath clouding the air before its face. I love you so much, I could offer it a scarf, I could bring it a drink, [...]

History Lesson

Spring 2012 | Poetry

So many logs floating down the river. When the water was high they nearly took down the bridge we’re standing on. I could hear them talking to each other all night. Those men at the sawmill— what boys they were. A boy I knew liked to say he could [...]

Night Watch

A man was driving past the hospital with his son when he felt a fluttering in his chest which at first he took for nerves, because it was snowing very hard and his young son was cranky and squirming and how could he possibly see the road with al [...]

A Boy Like Your Mother

Fall 2006 | Poetry

Once I was flush so I drank until the walls grew vague. A guy at the bar said, Who's the boy? and I touched your hair and bought you another Coke while evening dropped over St. Louis like a bird to its nest. Last call, the girl said. Drink up. * So [...]

Surgical Theatre

Fall 2006 | Poetry

Then the scalpel cuts the chest so the eyes roll back. Blood from the mouth, from the bit tongue, and the face tear-streaked and red. The other hand fisted at the platform’s edge. The restrained body speaks. It is snowing outside, snow like little [...]