Peter Klappert (born 1942 Rockville Centre, New York) is an American poet.
He grew up in West Hempstead, New York, and Rowayton, Connecticut. He graduated from Cornell University and the University of Iowa, with an M.A. and an M.F.A.
His work has appeared in AGNI, Antaeus, Atlantic Monthly, Harper's, Ploughshares, AWP Chronicle, Lambda Book Report, The Gettysburg Review, and ... more »
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Peter Klappert Poems
What a day to dismantle a roller-coaster. Well, they are taking it down-- the tracks are all over the ground and the ties drawn up. The ticket office
Thirty feet from my windows, an old kennel-wire fence thickly grown over with honeysuckle, poison ivy, and wild roses
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What a day to dismantle a roller-coaster.
Well, they are taking it down--
the tracks are all over the ground
and the ties drawn up. The ticket office
is shut, the calliope covered with tarps.
These workmen move their rides
from town to town, with the weather,
and a day gained dismantling
is a day to them. They are grateful
for the day gained, and for the silence
in a park where only ducks and I remain.
As if against the numb fall sky,
sounds of hammers and crowbars
and the changing voice of one man's oldest son
rebound from pond to light pole ...