40th Anniversary Feature: DAN KAPLAN

Oct 14, 2013Archive, Feature

BWR Editor, Fiction, 2003-2004


What is that jingle again
Who is roofer to the world.

Re: Beethoven and the electric toothbrush:
not true.

Over the afternoon, masses
disagree with heat.

How easily it fits into
any briefcase or purse.

What we are asking for
is your wellbeing!

I will not tell you once.
Come home but don’t upset the table.

I am always transported by flies
and a particular Buick.

And you.
Have you ever loomed.

I steam my broccoli as a matter
of fact.


Dan Kaplan is the author of Bill’s Formal Complaint (The National Poetry Review Press, 2008) and the bilingual chapbook SKIN (Red Hydra Press, 2005). His poems appear in American Letters & Commentary, VOLT, Denver Quarterly, and elsewhere. He teaches at Willamette University, is managing editor of Burnside Review, and lives in Portland, Oregon.


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