Dropping the needle, I would rush to sprawl across my twin bed and pick up the stiff cardboard album jacket. Only then, once the music began, did I allow myself the magic of studying the album's back cover and the lyrics printed on the inside liner.
Zachary Pace's poem moves forward quickly because it only rests on one period. The incorporation of m-dashes, commas, line breaks, and parentheses create necessary pauses (breaks for both the reader and the poet).
Marie Howe isn't a woman with grand illusions about things like awards, career, or the mawkish vicissitudes of the book world. Still, she's grateful to have been chosen to be New York's new poet laureate and determined not to waste this opportunity.