Simultaneously elegant and goofy, the poems in Shiny Pencils at the Edge of Things depict the quiet moments of life with both sophisticated wit and a child's sense of wonder. Gallup's poems often begin with household objects, or a walk down the street, but his lines leap across continents and ideas with ease. Dick Gallup is the author of Hinges , The Bingo , Where I Hang My Hat , The Wacking of the Fruit Trees , Above the Tree Line, and Plumbing the Depth of Folly . He has taught at the St. Mark's Poetry Project, the Boulder Public Library, and the Naropa Institute. His work has been anthologized in Up Late; Out of This World ; and The Best American Poetry 1997 . Gallup lives in San Francisco.