Poems

 

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“Adagia Project” excerpts in The Equalizer, forthcoming, Issue #2, 2015.

“Thirteen Ways of Looking at Your Mama,” Voicemail Poems, September 9, 2013.

“Open Mic Announcements,” Kugelmass: A Journal of Literary Humor, May 2013.

“Adagia Project” excerpts in Hotel Amerika, Special Issue: Aphorisms, 2011.

“Adagia Project” excerpts, Esque Issue #2, 2011.

“Adagia 251-300,” “Traci Lords is on NPR!” Shampoo [San Francisco, CA], 2009.

“Queries V, VI, VII,” Tight [Bennington, VT], 2009.

“Stardust Memories,” Linebreak [Boston, MA], 2009.

“To Speak of His Woe,” “Handsome Hal’s Blue Star Basically Sells Everything,” “Walton’s Mountain,” “Chicago XXXVII,” “Gary Colemanesque,” Failbetter [New York], 2008.

“Queries, being a collection of questions, reservations, and comments written by the author in an attempt to abtserge and clarify elements of student and postgraduate creative work, 1995 until the present time,” 32 Poems [Washington, DC], 2008.

“Of More Wires and More Stars,” “Chicken Man Sermon on the Mount,” “Paradigm Setup 1-4,” “Queries,” Coconut [Atlanta, GA] Issue # 10, October 2007.

“The Part to Which I Speak”; “Two Lies and a Truth,” Taint Magazine <taintmagazine.com>, 2007.

“Demos and B-Sides,” selection of poems, 2nd Avenue Poetry, Issue #2, December 2006

“Of More Wires and Stars,” “The Chicken Man Sermon on the Mount,” ‘Paradigm Setups’ 1-5, “Queries,” Coconut #10

“Two Douglas Rothschild Laments” and “To Be Imperfect, To Be,” Intercapillary Space, September 2006

“Semi-Insane Arietta,” Cortland Review, Issue #32, Summer 2006

“Another Updated Childhood Dream”; “After Drinking All Night With Christopher Connelly, I Try to Write a Poem Like Him”; “Chronicles, Part 6″; “Fly Plastic Fly,” Siren, Issue One, 2006

“From My Desk”; “For Real Your Friends Are Bluebloods,” Gulf Coast, 2006

“Messenger Scene”; “Barbaric, Classic, Solemn”; and the essay “Doing It With The R’ s: An attempt at a close reading of Williams’ roaring sound system and meaning shift in “To Elsie”,” H_GNM_N, Issue #5, 2006

“Imitations of Christ,” Tarpaulin Sky, Fall/Winter 2006

“Poem. Done.” and “[I’m tired of the righteous, the blank-stare,],” parakeet, 2005

“A Lovely Day for a Motion Picture”; “This Onus Cannot Be Cool”; “Some Area Outside of Myself, Some Stretch of the Imagination,” Alice Blue

“Out to the moon which is not there”; “Right Joke, Wrong Bar”; and “Modified From Original Version,” the highest number, December 2005

Praise for The History of My World Tonight.

With the publication of The History of My World Tonight, Daniel Nester has proven that he’s an absolute master of what he does; and what he does is dazzle us repeatedly with his elegant, prickly, and wickedly penetrating poems. Reading him is not unlike the greatness of discovering an eagle in a gift bag on your way home from a party: it’s not just great, it’s super freaky great.—Todd Colby

In The History of My World Tonight, Daniel Nester re-envisions The Beach Boys, The Brady Bunch, and the Bible. He takes on the Munchkins, Montale, Monet, and masturbation. But that’s just the beginning. In these intimate confessional and experimental poems, Nester delivers a complex psyche along with deadpan social commentary. This is an engagingly funny and tender book.—Denise Duhamel

We have in Daniel Nester a poet who speaks the language of the common man and woman—well, that is, assuming the common man and woman were gifted with an uncommonly over-the-top sense of humor and an entirely personal sense of what Being a Poet Means to Me. Nester’s working it out here, and it’s a good thing too. Somebody, in this Age of Various Pretentious Schools of Poetry, needs to cut through the shit and clarify why anyone would want to read or write poems at this point in history. And Nester, with his well-documented pop culture leanings and his not-so-well-documented soul-searching, is just the man for the job.—Jonah Winter

“That boy on a pile of roadkill”; “Hair, Hair, Scary Pony Hunter Huckster”; “Fragments,” horse less press, 2005

“I will teach you, sirs, what century it is”; “Fragments in Five Acts” P.F.S. Post, 2005

“Marche Slave”; “My Symbolic Suggestion,” Memorious, 2005

“Hammer to Fall” and “Machines (Back to Humans),” Sentence: A Journal of Prose Poetics, 2005

“A Kind of Magic” and “Don’t Lose Your Head,” Forklift, Ohio, 2005

“[I’m getting to used to him he’s a like a friend with two little black eyes]; “If I Told You Once”; and “I’m Going Slightly Mad,” the tiny, 2005

“Supposing They Had Your Back,” Barrow Street, 2005

“Horses: Why I Like/Dislike Them,” The Hat, 2005

“Rodinsesque,” Taint, 2005

“Don’t Try So Hard,” jubilat, 2005

“Rodinesque Triptych Plus,” Painted Bride Quarterly, 2005

“About the causeway. Let me explain”; “Forum Letter”; and “Herod of Ascalon,” piplit, 2004

“Chapter 2’s Dilemma, Explained,” Word/for Word, 2004

“The Loser’s Dream” and “Burnt Umber Stuff,” MiPoesias

“Vince Lombardi”; “If I Told You Once”; and “A Dozen Red Roses for My Darling,” MiPoesias

“19 Aesthetic Questions for the High Born,” Octopus, 2004

“A Sort of Homecoming; “Saint Benedict”; and “Prodigies,” 32 Poems, 2004

“The Drummer in our Band Tells Us He’s a Virgin,” Rivendell, 2004

“Steve Perry of the Rock Band Journey and Film Crew Tour His Hometown”; “Amarcord”; and “Third Maisie Poem,” small spiral notebook, 2004

From Percapella, with Christopher Connelly, LUNGFULL! #13, 2004

“Inverse Ghazal After Recent Viewing of King Kong” and “Vision: Jane Wyman in The Lost Weekend (1944),” Court Green, 2004

“F Train Etude,” Mad Poets Review, 2004

“Flash’s Theme”; “Football Fight”; and “Execution of Flash/The Kiss (Aura Resurrects Flash),” Columbia Poetry Review, 2003

“Mick Jagger Is Not Afraid And Neither Should You Be” and “Notes for an Epic New York Poem,” LIT, 2003

“On the Death of Owen “The Blue Blazer” Hart,” Good Foot, 2003; direct link to an mp3 from Live at the Kelly Writers House in 1999

“Hot Blooded”; “Rick Springfield’s Commentary”; “Long Distance Runaround”; and “Tables Strata Timebegon,” 3AM Magazine, 2003

“The Prophet’s Song,” Academy of American Poets website, 2003

“Fast Story Mimicking Brilliance”; “Second Fast Story Mimicking Brilliance”; “Third Fast Story Mimicking Brilliance”; “Fourth Fast Story Mimicking Brilliance”; “Fifth Fast Story Mimicking Brilliance”; PuppyFlowers, 2003

“[Fresh from the philosophy]“; “Effusive Letter to a Friend in Crisis”; “Melodramatic Self-Portrait in Dead of Winter”; and “Odysseus’ Scar,” La Petite Zine, 2003

“Brighton Rock”; “In The Lap of The Gods”; “Misfire”; “Body Language”; and “Under Pressure,” Xconnect, 2003

“Coy Apology,” Verse, Twentieth Anniversary Issue, 2003; appears online in Jacket, October 2002

“Postlapsarian Readymade #2: Adultery,” Crazyhorse, Fall 2002

“Poem for the Novelist Whom I Forced to Write a Poem,” Spinning Jenny, 2002

“Poem for Pavement’s Brighten The Corners,” one of the 25 winners in “Poems on Pavement” contest, Matador Records website

“Lines About Happy Days Ending with a Line from Catullus” and “Southern State Parkway Hosanna,” NC1: NowCulture Reader, 2002; direct link to an mp3 of reading ‘Happy Days,’ an earlier version of the poem, from Live at the Kelly Writers House in 1999

“Abandoned RCA Buildings,” XConnect: Writers of the Information Age V, 2002

“First Masturbation Waltz”; “Fourth Vagabond Song”; and accompanying essay, Monday Morning Poetry Report, 2002

“Charles Bronson Returns in Death Wish II”; “[My subject here is a creeping sadness]“ and “Notes for My Retrospective,” Castagraf, 2002

“Box of Chords in Honor of My Agnosticism” and selections from News of the World chapter of God Save My Queen, Posterband, 2002

“After Schubert’s Sad Cycle of Songs,” Open City, 2002

“Second Vagabond Song,” Mississippi Review, 2002

“Fat Bottomed Girls”; “Heavy Metal Parking Lot”; “My Russian Dance” and “The Peter Brady Cum Shot Episode,” Nerve, 2002

“Suspicious Minds”; “Late Anniversary Madrigal; “Rush Limbaugh’s Macaronic Blues”; and “There’s Got to be a Morning After,” Caffeine Destiny, 2002

“Middle Class Low Song,” Can We Have Our Ball Back?, 2002

“Guns n’ Roses Concert, Hershey Park, 1991,” Big Bridge, 2002

“I Know a Muse,” Surgery of Modern Warfare, 2002

“Montale’s Complaint,” Fine Madness, 2001; reprinted at the Reading Between A and B site

“Notes On An Unadorned Night,” Shampoo, 2001

“Two Exaggerated Self-Portraits: After Ulrich Berkes,” No Slander, 2001; republished on this site here

“Pay-Per-View Etude” and “Leslie Nielsen Signs Autographs,” Painted Bride Quarterly, 2001

“Rescuing Bobby Brady from a Disaster Movie,” Redneck Review, 2001

“Abandoned RCA Buildings”; “A Question of Tone”; “On Seeing Duchamp’s ‘Large Glass’,” Xconnect, 2000, 2001

“The Joy of Painting”; “All This You Will Find in a Dictionary” and “Looking down on your sins,” Jack, 2001

“Line About My Neighbors Ending with a Proverb” and “Mott Street Pastoral,” Cortland Review, 2001

“Overhearing the Consciousness Seminar”; “Elegy Redux as Interlude”; and “Tomorrow Never Knows,” Slope, 2001

“After Shame,” Hollins Critic, 2001

“Space Age Abecedarian,” CafeMo.com, 2001

“Poem for the Dwaynes,” Slipstream, 2001; reprinted online at Poetz.com

“Arraignment of a Beach Boy,” Cream City Review, 2000; reprinted online at Poetz.com

“Ornette Coleman, Live at the Golden Circle” and “Altar Boy Highlights,” Cortland Review, 2000

“Three Versions of an Iranian Death Game,” South Carolina Quarterly, 2000

“Listening to Trucker Songs and Re-Reading Baraka,” Home Planet News, 2000; reprinted at the Reading Between A and B site

“Maternal Impressions,” Exquisite Corpse, 2000

“Evil Twin Episode,” XConnect: Writers of the Information Age IV, 2000

“Throwing Rocks,” Water~Stone, 1999; direct link to an mp3 of reading from Live at the Kelly Writers House in 1999

“The Visitations,” Red Rock Review, 1999

“Sign on Trainbridge: TRENTON MAKES THE WORLD TAKES,” Poetry New York, 1999

“Desire is the Gasoline of Life,” Borderlands, 1998; reprinted at the Reading Between A and B site

“Bildungsroman,” Painted Bride Quarterly, 1997

“Odd Job Ascensions”; “The Last Spanking”; and “Maisie Learns about Subwoofers,” Poet Lore, 1997, 1999

“The Ceramic Apple,” Mudfish, 1997

“Who did she want to be?,” The Alembic, 1997

“Living Will” and “Date with a Mormon Girl, Abandoned Arizona Missile Site,” Santa Clara Review, 1996

“Diomedes” and “She’s Got the Golden Triangle,” Washington Square, 1996

“Grandfather in Freestyle,” Northeast Corridor, 1996

“Freddie’s Elegy,” The Minnesota Review, 1993

“Poem,” The East Village, 1999

“Desire if the Gasoline of Life”; “The Last Spanking”; “Montale’s Complaint”; and “Listening to Trucker Songs and Re-Reading Baraka,” Reading Between A and B site

“Arraignment of a Beach Boy”; “Jaycee Carnival Parable”; and “Poem for the Dwaynes,” Poetz.com