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Title AuthorPublishedOrder It
A House of Bottles Robin Merrill 2009
A Moxie and a Moon Pie: The Best of Moon Pie Press Nancy A. Henry and Alice N. Persons, Editors 2005
A Sense of Place: Collected Maine Poems Bay River Press 2002
Agreeable Friends, Contemporary Animal Poetry Alice Persons, Editor 2008
All Four Seasons Jim Mello 2014
ALMOST A REMEMBRANCE - Shorter Poems by Jack McCarthy Jack McCarthy 2011
Angel of the Heavenly Tailgate Annie Farnsworth 2006
At Bunker Cove Ralph Stevens 2017
Back East Michele Leavitt 2013
Be Careful What You Wish For Alice N. Persons 2003
BLACK BOAT BLACK WATER BLACK SAND Dave Morrison 2009
Blues in the Night Herb R. Coursen 2010
Boulders, Birch and Wood Smoke: A Maine Melody Stephen A. Cowperthwaite 2014
Boy at the Screen Door Bruce Spang 2014
Burning Chairs John P. McVeigh 2013
Child is Working to Capacity Tom Delmore 2006
Compass Rose Ellen M. Taylor 2015
Dreamscape Claire Hersom 2017
Driftland Michael Macklin 2004
Drowning: A Poetic Memoir Claire Hersom 2008
Early Late Bloom Jim Mello 2007
ErosIon Nancy A. Henry 2004
Essays in All Directions Robert M. Chute 2007
Europe on $5 a Day Nancy A. Henry 2005
Evidence of Light Marita O'Neill 2005
Fancy Meeting You Here Alice N. Persons 2015
Faulty Wiring Bob MacLaughlin 2011
Feasting on Air Eva Miodownik Oppenheim 2015
Floating Ellen M. Taylor 2009
Full Moon Rising: the Best of Moon Pie Press, Volume II Alice N. Persons and Nancy A. Henry, Editors 2006
He Gives Me Flowers Gaylord Day Weston 2007
Heaven Jumping Woman Pam Burr Smith 2011
HOME and Other Places Wil Gibson 2012
How Many Cars Have We Been Married? Ted Bookey, editor 2008 (see book detail)
Humming to Snails Ellen M. Taylor 2005
I Have Walked Through Many Lives Young Voices - Scarborough 2009
I Still Feel the Swirl Ruth Bookey 2017
Imminent Tribulations Kevin Sweeney 2016
Innumerable Machines in My Mind: Found Poetry in the Papers of Thomas A. Edison Dr. Blaine McCormick 2005
JESUS WAS A FEMINIST and Other Poems Robin Merrill 2014
Language as a Second Language Ted Bookey 2004
Laundry and Stories Robin Merrill 2005
Life Class Ruth Bookey 2007
Lostalgia Ted Bookey 2007
Marengo Street Anna Bat-Chai Wrobel 2012
Museum Daniel Duff Plunkett 2016
My First Beatrice David Stankiewicz 2013
Never say Never Alice N. Persons 2004
Not Just Anybody Bruce Spang 2015
Nothing Is Real Stanley Jordan Keach, Jr. 2014
Observed From a Skin Boat John Holt Willey 2013
Old Whitman Loved Baseball and Other Baseball Poems Edward J. Rielly 2007
Ordinary Time Kevin Sweeney 2009
PASSION AND PRIDE: Poets in Support of Equality Bruce Spang 2012
Poems of Maine in the Nineteen Thirties and Forties Brenda Shaw 2006
Radost, My Red Jeri Theriault 2016
Rags of Prayer Kevin Sweeney 2006
Rifles, Rumors, Gin And Prayer Jim Donnelly 2013
Safe Harbor: Port Veritas Poetry Anthology, Volume I Edited by Alice Persons & Nathan Amadon 2008
Same Bird David McCann 2016
SARX Nancy A. Henry 2010
Saving Nails Thomas R. Moore 2016
Sex, Death, and Baseball David Moreau 2004
Singing With the Dead Ted Thomas, Jr. 2007
Socks Jay C. Davis 2007
Sostenuto Karen Douglass 2006
Stable David R. Surette 2015
Sun Shining on Snow: Poetry from the Senior College at the University of Maine at Augusta Ted Bookey 2012
T'ai Chi of Leaves Elizabeth Potter 2016
Tell them that you saw me but you didn't see me saw Tom Delmore 2011
Thank Your Lucky Stars Alice N. Persons 2011
The Bird Catcher John-Michael Albert 2012
The Church of St. Materiana Anne Britting Olesen 2007
The Common Law James McKenna 2012
The Desire Line Michelle Lewis 2006
The Flame and the Fiction Darcy Shargo 2005
The Hard Way Jay C. Davis 2006
The Lawns of Lobstermen Douglas "Woody" Woodsum 2010
The Left Side of My Life Dana Robbins 2015
The Stream Don Moyer 2006
The Ur-Word Jim Glenn Thatcher 2008
The Widow From Lake Bled Kirby Wright 2013
THE WILDEST PEAL: Contemporary Animal Poetry II Alice Persons, Editor 2015
Things As They Are Eva Miodownik Oppenheim 2005
Through the Loop of Time Eva Miodownik Oppenheim 2010
To Sadie at 18 Months and other poems Edward J. Rielly 2011
To the Promised Land Grocery Bruce Spang 2008
Traveling Through History Patrick Hicks 2005
Tuscany Light M. Kelly Lombardi 2006
Unidentified Flying Odes Dennis Camire 2006
Vivaldi for Breakfast John-Michael Albert 2009
Walking Track Jay Franzel 2005
Ways of Looking Edward J. Rielly 2005
What on Earth Marcia F. Brown 2010
When We Invented Water Marcia F. Brown 2014
Whispers, Cries, & Tantrums Jay C. Davis 2004
With a W/Hole in One Ted Bookey 2010
You Can Still Go To Hell...and Other Truths About Being a Helping Professional David Moreau 2007

Book Details

Boy at the Screen Door

Boy at the Screen Door

by Bruce Spang – copyright 2014

ISBN 978-1-4675-7262-0

$17 including postage and handling

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Reviews for Boy at the Screen Door

by Betsy Sholl

Like one of the paintings he describes, Bruce Spang dares "to see as beautiful...a man looking at another man/with love," These poems say Yes to body, to soul, and to the world in all its triumphs and ills, its abundance and betrayals. In BOY AT THE SCREEN DOOR, Spang captures the ephemeral, "the might be of the moment", and just as impressively meditates on the issues of justice that engaged his youth--indeed, engaged an entire generation's. He celebrates with verve the way love reaches out through strangers and intimates alike, and he grieves with fine restraint the losses brought on by passing time. Speaking of desire, he says, "not me--but the sea, coming in, lifted..." as if we are always, even in our most private moments, part of something larger. That is the great gift of these poems.

by Baron Wormser

To read BOY AT THE SCREEN DOOR is, as Walt Whitman insisted, to touch a life and thus touch life itself in his poems. Bruce Spang is now bemused, now rueful, now affirmative, now wry, now saddened, now chastened, now desirous and many more deeply human states. One of the strengths of this marvelous book is that it resists summary in the way that life resists summary. I'm reminded of George Harrison's phrase "It's all too much." It is--and it isn't--and Bruce Spang gets that rich fault line exactly right. Again and again, in wonderfully wrought language, he testifies to the sheer unrepentant force of life and the memories, both broken and whole, that force leaves us with.

Sample from Boy at the Screen Door

love song without birds and flowers




you and who he was were lasting
in the whisper of the willing now,
turning of one body to another,
not asking if or why but touching—
Oh my and the kindred ecstasy
that rises only and needs no name;
it’s fine because fire never asks who
it consumes: it takes absolutely you;
so don’t ask if and can it be:
it does as it will do—
O body, let love be Yes—
it wants you to curl up
next to next as someone in no need
of metaphor because he is what is
and takes and gives what is given
and sleeps in the comfort of
Yes, it's so and let it go.

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