The Underground Poetry Metro Transportation System for Souls

The Underground Poetry Metro Transportation System for Souls

I didn't come here to make friends. I didn't come here to teach. I didn't come here to drag the space heater from the house in summer with an extension cord out to the orchard because the peach trees we planted in a climate that ...

Author: Tony Hoagland


ISBN: 9780472037575

Category: Poetry

Page: 164

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Tony Hoagland's essays, full of sharp wit and astute observations, draw out the poetry hiding everywhere in American culture.
Categories: Poetry

The Accounts

The Accounts

EARTH I didn't come here to make speeches. I didn't come here to make trouble. I didn't come here to be somebody's mother. I didn't come here to make friends. I didn't come here to teach. I didn't come here to drag the space heater from ...

Author: Katie Peterson

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226062839

Category: Poetry

Page: 88

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The death of a mother alters forever a family’s story of itself. Indeed, it taxes the ability of a family to tell that story at all. The Accounts narrates the struggle to speak with any clear understanding in the wake of that loss. The title poem attempts three explanations of the departure of a life from the earth—a physical account, a psychological account, and a spiritual account. It is embedded in a long narrative sequence that tries to state plainly the facts of the last days of the mother’s life, in a room that formerly housed a television, next to a California backyard. The visual focus of that sequence, a robin’s nest, poised above the family home, sings in a kind of lament, giving its own version of ways we can see the transformation of the dying into the dead. In other poems, called “Arguments,” two voices exchange uncertain truths about subjects as high as heaven and as low as crime. Grief is a problem that cannot be solved by thinking, but that doesn’t stop the mind, which relentlessly carries on, trying in vain to settle its accounts. The death of a well-loved person creates a debt that can never be repaid. It reminds the living of our own psychological debts to each other, and to the dead. In this sense, the death of this particular mother and the transformation of this particular family are evocative of a greater struggle against any changing reality, and the loss of all beautiful and passing forms of order.
Categories: Poetry

The Lie About the Truck

The Lie About the Truck

But really, if you want to actually win, you are here to make friends. You need to make friends. In Panama, “I didn't come here to make friends with 24-year-olds,” Terry says after they all snipe at each other after Council.

Author: Sallie Tisdale

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781982175894

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 272

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The author of the acclaimed Advice for Future Corpses (and Those Who Love Them) brings “her singular sensibility, her genius for language, her love of our deeply imperfect world” (Karen Karbo, author of In Praise of Difficult Women) to this insightful exploration of reality TV and the shifting definitions of truth in America. What is the truth? In a world of fake news and rampant conspiracy theories, the nature of truth has increasingly blurry borders. In this clever and timely cultural commentary, award-winning author Sallie Tisdale tackles this issue by framing it in a familiar way—reality TV, particularly the long-running CBS show Survivor. With humor and in-depth superfan analysis, Tisdale explores the distinction between suspended disbelief and true authenticity both in how we watch shows like Survivor, and in how we perceive the world around us. With her “bold and wise, galvanizing and grounding” (Chloe Caldwell, author of I’ll Tell You in Person) writing, Tisdale has created an unputdownable, thoroughly entertaining, and groundbreaking book that we will be talking about for years to come.
Categories: Performing Arts

Girls Women and Crime

Girls  Women  and Crime

Well, I didn't come here to make friends but it is inevitable. ... Those who did not develop friendships had what they described as associates or individuals with whom they interacted with on a superficial basis.

Author: Meda Chesney-Lind

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9781412996709

Category: Social Science

Page: 265

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Edited by Meda Chesney-Lind and Lisa Pasko, Girls, Women and Crime: Selected Readings, Second Edition is a compilation of journal articles on the female offender written by leading researchers in the field of criminology and women's studies. The individual sections in the book survey four major areas: theories of female criminality, literature on female juvenile delinquents, women as offenders and women in prison. The readings in Girls, Women, and Crime focus on two central questions: How does gender matter in crime and the justice system? What characterizes women's and girls' pathway to crime? In answering these key questions, the contributors reveal the complex worlds females in the criminal justice system must often negotiate-worlds that are frequently riddled with violence, victimization, discrimination, and economic marginalization.
Categories: Social Science

Captain Jack for President

Captain Jack for President

“Let me make this clear ifI have not made it perfectly clear so far. A statement like this tends to get people's attention, 'I did not come here to make friends. I stepped forward because there is a huge job at hand, one where the ...

Author: John Jones

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 9781479736072

Category: Fiction

Page: 426

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On a beautiful Spring morning in Jonesport Maine, Captain Jack Harper of Harper Industries walks into Mobys restaurant for his morning cup of Mobys jo, unsuspecting that it would be the beginning of a life change, not only for him, but for his community and quite possibly the country. Captain Jack had been a man of integrity and honor his entire life; a man of service to his community. Little did he know that his community would be asking him to be a man of service for the entire nation. In the quiet of the morning, as the locals debated politics and listened to the typical rhetoric of the incumbent and presidential contenders, a stranger to the town was sitting in the corner taking it all in. As the locals began talking about what life would be like under a presidency of Captain Jack, the stranger became more intrigued about who this Captain Jack character might be. When the townsmen finally approached Jack, encouraging him to make a run for the presidency, the stranger, Dexter Wyman, chair of the Constitution Party, introduced himself and joined the fray. Jack reluctantly accepted the challenge to run under the Constitution part banner, with the assistance of the entire township. Will Jack finish the race? Will he be shutdown before getting off the starting block? Will he be eliminated permanently by organized, empowered politicians who dont appreciate a newcomer to the field?
Categories: Fiction

That Is All

That Is All

I didn'tcome here to lose, and I certainly didn't come here to makefriends. I didn'tevenknow I WOULD be coming here. IT WAS ALL AGAINST MY WILL, so why would I want to make friends with anyone?

Author: John Hodgman

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101653500

Category: Humor

Page: 368

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John Hodgman—bestselling author, The Daily Show's "Resident Expert," minor television celebrity, and deranged millionaire—brings us the third and final installment in his trilogy of Complete World Knowledge. In 2005, Dutton published The Areas of My Expertise, a handy little book of Complete World Knowledge, marked by the distinction that all of the fascinating trivia and amazing true facts were completely made up by its author, John Hodgman. At the time, Hodgman was merely a former literary agent and occasional scribbler of fake trivia. In short: a nobody. But during an interview on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, an incredible transformation occurred. He became a famous minor television personality. You may ask: During his whirlwind tornado ride through the high ether of minor fame and outrageous fortune, did John Hodgman forget how to write books of fake trivia? The answer is: Yes. Briefly. But soon, he remembered! And so he returned, crashing his Kansas farmhouse down upon the wicked witch of ignorance with More Information Than You Require, a New York Times bestseller containing even more mesmerizing and essential fake trivia, including seven hundred mole-man names (and their occupations). And now, John Hodgman completes his vision with That Is All, the last book in a trilogy of Complete World Knowledge. Like its predecessors, That Is All compiles incredibly handy made-up facts into brief articles, overlong lists, and beguiling narratives on new and familiar themes. It picks up exactly where More Information left off—specifically, at page 596—and finally completes COMPLETE WORLD KNOWLEDGE. Look out for John Hodgman's latest book, Vacationland, available from Viking in Fall 2017.
Categories: Humor



Something about the fire that you kindle for your enemy might burn you even worse. We'll see. “Well you better bring him back. If you don't do it, you won't make very many friends around here.” “I didn't come here to make friends ...

Author: Allan Young


ISBN: 9781300676430



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The Clare Fergusson and Russ Van Alstyne Series Books 4 6

The Clare Fergusson and Russ Van Alstyne Series  Books 4 6

“I'm not making fun of you. I'm trying to be friends. I'm starting to guess you don't recognize the concept because you don't have any.” She held up her hands as if framing a camera shot. “Let me set you straight. I didn't come here to ...

Author: Julia Spencer-Fleming

Publisher: Minotaur Books

ISBN: 9781466888418

Category: Fiction

Page: 992

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Here together for the first time in a fabulous eBook bundle are books 4-6 in the Clare Fergusson and Russ Van Alstyne Series: To Darkness and to Death, All Mortal Flesh, and I Shall Not Want New York Times bestselling author Julia Spencer-Fleming brings to life the town on Millers Kill where two people who are destined for love or tragedy put their lives on the line in a town where nothing is as it seems...and evil waits inside quaint farmhouses. To Darkness and to Death In Millers Kill, where everyone knows everyone and all are part of an interconnected web of blood or acquaintance, one person's troubles have a way of ensnaring others. What begins as a simple case of a woman lost in the woods leads to a tangle of revenge, blackmail, assault, kidnapping, and murder. As the hours tick by, Chief of Police Russ Van Alstyne and Reverend Clare Fergusson struggle to make sense of their town's plunge into chaos---and their own chaotic emotions. All Mortal Flesh When Russ's wife is found brutally murdered after she kicked him out of the house the state police believe it's an open-and-shut case of a disaffected husband silencing his wife and putting a stop to the murder investigation he controls. To the townspeople, it's proof that the whispered gossip about the police chief and the priest was true. Russ and Clare must struggle against the reach of the law, the authority of the church, and their own guilty hearts. I Shall Not Want In the searing follow up to All Mortal Flesh, Russ's precarious balance between duty and desire was broken by his wife's tragic death. Now, Russ and Episcopal priest Clare Fergusson are separated by a wall of guilt and grief.
Categories: Fiction

Unitas Trio

Unitas  Trio

They just couldn't risk their cave strategy, or any strategy, making its way to Soren's spies, whoever they may be. ... even if it was a weirdo Seeder like you,” she grinned for just a moment, “but I didn't come here to make friends.

Author: J. Houser

Publisher: Painted Wings Publishing

ISBN: 9781737062165

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 542

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Lost Secrets of the Green Lands Leading Princess Kaylah to Seeder borders was only Rachel and Saff’s first step in stopping a never-ending war. The Ivy queen and king’s assassination leaves Prince Soren in sole control of their troops and resources. Banding together, the Unitas group sets out to discover forgotten secrets to their pasts and powers. They work to discover how to cure the poisoned Seeder lands, as well as how to best infiltrate the Ivy palace, all while recruiting and training in secret. Going undercover behind enemy lines, Rachel’s forced to face the trauma and betrayals in her past. Saff has to face the family she abandoned, come to terms with news about her unique power-wielding capacity and future, and learn to trust allies of the nation that has already taken too much from her family and people. Tensions rise at the Unitas camp and safe houses, threatening their unity movement. Amidst kidnappings and mysterious disappearances, Unitas is forced to dig deep and take unexpected measures to bring the battle to Soren with hopes of a win.
Categories: Young Adult Fiction

Find Me

Find Me

“I know what the citizens in your town think of me when they haven't even met me. And that's okay.” Another of those half-smiles slanted one corner of her mouth. “I didn't come here to make friends. I didn't even come here to make nice.

Author: Debra Webb

Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks

ISBN: 9781429953139

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

View: 299

Investigative reporter Sarah Newton debunks supernatural myths, and forces the truth to light whether people want to hear it or not. Now, with a popular teenager found tortured and murdered—and another girl missing—Sarah's out to prove it's not the work of an ancient curse, but a cold blooded killer. She'll expose one Maine village's darkest secrets ...while keeping the truth about her own past hidden from view. As Youngstown's newest councilman, Kale Conner's unofficial job is to minimize the bad publicity from Sarah's stories and, if possible, to keep her in line. But with time running out, and his own family at stake, Kale's finding his neighbors' terrible deeds might be too deadly to sweep under the rug...and he and Sarah are headed toward a heated endgame with only one shocking way out...
Categories: Fiction