Part 3 or 4 of “Unfinished Poem in Five Parts”

BY Steven Zultanski


Part 3 or 4 of “Unfinished Poem in Five Parts” is an excerpt from a book about various kinds of intimacy. The topics are broad and flexible: friendship, love, money, and waiting. Formally, I’m interested in experimenting with life writing, documentary, and the essay. This section mostly juxtaposes fragmentary scenes to suggest connections between disparate material, from gossip about the mob to the economics of loneliness and longing.

Steven Zultanski is the author of four books of poetry, most recently Bribery (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2014), and Agony (BookThug, 2012).

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