Monday, March 6, 2017

Instructions for Stopping by Dana Levin

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March 6, 2017

Instructions for Stopping

Dana Levin

About This Poem


"'Instructions for Stopping' is part of a timely anthology coming out from Beacon Press in late 2017 titled Bullets into Bells: Poets and Citizens Respond to Gun Violence in the U.S. Each poem appears with a response by a gun violence survivor or someone involved in gun violence prevention. To write this poem, I sat in a room, saying 'stop' over and over in order to hear how it sounded, to feel how it felt in my mouth. Then I wrote it down. Then I added a period, which posed the deciding question."
—Dana Levin


Dana Levin is the author of Banana Palace (Copper Canyon Press, 2016). She teaches at Maryville University and lives in St. Louis, Missouri.


Photo credit: Anne Staveley



Poetry by Levin


Banana Palace

(Copper Canyon Press, 2016) 

"Vespers" by Louise Glück


"Dead Horse" by Thomas Lux


"the bullet was a girl" by Danez Smith




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