Altman, Toby 2016

Wednesday, September 14, 2016
with Maggie Queeney
City Lit Books

ok, excuse me while I ode myself—or what’s left of me: lilac and fog, the founding act of bliss. Once I merged my delicate fingers with the internet—but its engine erupts aromatic paste, worn as prophylactic against the plague. Very soon I will be the silence of vespers

– Toby Altman, “ENVOY (about the author)”

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 And pilgrim who sings holy body less
and rents himself, all to the earnest earth,
how opens he, and open learns
borders and blank, the shape of breath. 

– Toby Altman, “untitled”

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More info on Toby Altman⇒

Toby Altman is the author of Arcadia, Indiana (Plays Inverse, 2017) and six chapbooks, including Every Hospital by Bertrand Goldberg (Except One), winner of the 2018 Ghost Proposal chapbook contest. His poems can be found in Colorado ReviewjubilatLana Turner, and other journals and anthologies. He earned a PhD in English at Northwestern University.