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Paul Guest

Paul Guest is the author of three collections of poetry and a memoir. His writing appears in New England Review, North American Review, Crazyhorse, and elsewhere. A Guggenheim Fellow and Whiting Award winner, he teaches in the creative writing program at the University of Virginia.


I Know

Spring 2017 | Poetry

the back of my hand and this neighborhood,
which is devolving even now into
a semblance of Detroit. I know not
to lead a horse to water because
that won’t end well. I know my name
and to the mirror’s mute face

Thinking About Disappointment

Spring 2012 | Poetry

Everyone I know is mad to make a mess of every littlest thing and the phone is easier to dial when the news is all dead starlets, dead war, dead phony Bigfoot, (an ape suit, mouth full of orthodontics, pink guts spooled out of a possum). I want to be [...]