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Broken Symmetry
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Broken Symmetry is a collection drawn from the experiences of daily life and organized through the context of mathematics. Poet Jack Ridl uses remarkably clear and precise language to express a singular awareness of the world around us. Some of the poems in this volume deal with the universal human experience of loss, others discover a fresh perspective on what is easily overlooked, and many seek the goodness and joy that remain in a challenging world. Poems are grouped into chapters by mathematical themes, suggesting a commonality in these two separate worlds that is often overlooked. The straightforward language and universal subject matter make Broken Symmetry a profound collection of poetry that will appeal to readers of all backgrounds.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Contents
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  1. Broken Symmetry
  2. pp. 1-2
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  1. I. Fractals
  2. pp. 3-4
  1. The History of the Pencil
  2. pp. 5-7
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  1. This Is Another Reason to Write a Poem
  2. pp. 8-9
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  1. Against Elegies
  2. pp. 10-10
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  1. Rainbow
  2. pp. 11-12
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  1. Framing the Morning
  2. pp. 13-13
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  1. After Reading Dom John Chapman, Benedictine Abbot
  2. pp. 14-15
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  1. Learning from Old Houses
  2. pp. 16-17
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  1. Last Chores of Fall
  2. pp. 18-19
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  1. Fractals
  2. pp. 20-21
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  1. Fragments from the Early Morning
  2. pp. 22-22
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  1. The Last Thing
  2. pp. 23-23
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  1. This Was My Real Life
  2. pp. 24-25
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  1. Waiting with William Stafford in an Oregon Airport
  2. pp. 26-27
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  1. Toys in the Attic
  2. pp. 28-29
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  1. St. Francis in Disney World
  2. pp. 30-30
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  1. The Crank Collector
  2. pp. 31-32
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  1. That’s Enough
  2. pp. 33-33
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  1. The Mail Carrier
  2. pp. 34-35
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  1. Tinnitus
  2. pp. 36-37
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  1. Out in the Fields with the Dogs a Week before Christmas
  2. pp. 38-39
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  1. The Materialism of Angels
  2. pp. 40-42
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  1. II. Quantum Theory
  2. pp. 43-43
  1. I Am Wearing Your Shirt
  2. pp. 44-47
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  1. Worn Morning
  2. pp. 48-49
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  1. When I Was Conceived
  2. pp. 50-51
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  1. What Then
  2. pp. 52-53
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  1. Forgetting How to Sleep
  2. pp. 54-55
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  1. The Remote
  2. pp. 56-58
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  1. The Ace of Spades
  2. pp. 59-59
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  1. Sorting through the Records
  2. pp. 60-61
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  1. February Is No Month to Move
  2. pp. 62-62
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  1. During the Last Two Weeks of His Life, He Wrote Only the Last Lines of Poems
  2. pp. 63-64
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  1. Waking Up in a Cold Sweat
  2. pp. 65-66
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  1. Hands
  2. pp. 67-68
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  1. Tabula Rasa
  2. pp. 69-70
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  1. The Salt and Pepper Collector
  2. pp. 71-72
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  1. The Sculptor of TV
  2. pp. 73-73
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  1. The Time between Mornings
  2. pp. 74-74
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  1. Traveling Back
  2. pp. 75-75
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  1. Selling the House
  2. pp. 76-77
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  1. Evensong
  2. pp. 78-78
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  1. Still Here
  2. pp. 79-80
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  1. III. Differential Equations
  2. pp. 81-82
  1. Aubade for This Morning
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  1. On Our Dog’s Birthday
  2. pp. 84-85
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  1. Flying in over Key West
  2. pp. 86-86
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  1. Divine Women: The Woodblocks of Utamaro
  2. pp. 87-87
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  1. The Rain on the Burren
  2. pp. 88-91
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  1. Walking the Creek with Dogs
  2. pp. 92-93
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  1. Setting out the Puzzle Pieces
  2. pp. 94-95
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  1. The Gardeners
  2. pp. 96-96
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  1. My Father Gardening in Heaven
  2. pp. 97-97
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  1. Raking Leaves with the Gods in July
  2. pp. 98-99
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  1. A Few Days before Another Memorial Day Weekend
  2. pp. 100-101
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  1. Knowing Now You’ll Never Be a Clown
  2. pp. 102-103
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  1. Repairing the House
  2. pp. 104-105
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  1. Sisley’s “Snow at Louveciennes”
  2. pp. 106-106
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  1. Instead of Vacationing in Maine
  2. pp. 107-108
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  1. The Comforting
  2. pp. 109-109
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  1. The Drywallers Listen to Sinatra while They Work
  2. pp. 110-111
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  1. What We Do
  2. pp. 112-112
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  1. Waiting on the Beatitudes
  2. pp. 113-113
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  1. The Man Who Wanted to Change the World
  2. pp. 114-115
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  1. Burying the Poems
  2. pp. 116-116
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  1. Keeping On
  2. pp. 117-117
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  1. Living in the Twenty-First Century
  2. pp. 118-118
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 119-120
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  1. Credits
  2. pp. 121-122
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