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colin dodds

Floating through the world

dispensing permission


Cranes raise houses, office boxes

bivouacs for a war not yet agreed upon

Buildings like the stock exchange

blossom in the snow

At midday in midtown

towers pose for their ruin

The city from any distance at all—

its surges, precipices, idiosyncratic ridges

repetitions and anomalies

like an EKG in three dimensions

like the shape of a life

The more you look at it

the harder it becomes to even ask

which parts matter

Colin Dodds grew up in Massachusetts and completed his education in New York City. He’s the author of several novels, including WINDFALL and The Last Bad Job, which the late Norman Mailer touted as showing “something that very few writers have; a species of inner talent that owes very little to other people.” Dodds’ screenplay, Refreshment, was named a semi-finalist in the 2010 American Zoetrope Contest. His poetry has appeared in more than a hundred eighty publications, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. The poet and songwriter David Berman (Silver Jews, Actual Air) said of Dodds' work: “These are very good poems. For moments I could even feel the old feelings when I read them.” Colin lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife Samantha. You can find more of his work at

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