In this Book

The Couple
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In his Rider trilogy, Mark Rudman perfected a mixed genre form -- combining dialogue, lyric and prose. While employing some of the same techniques that have become "signature Rudman" -- the compact, colloquial line, dazzling shifts from popular culture to classical history -- The Couple also breaks new ground. This new book is a collection of discrete poems organized around four poem sequences, "Long-Stemmed Rose," "The Shallowness of the Lake," "Perseus Surprised, Andromeda Unbound," and "Fragile Craft." As the title suggests, the theme of relationships, both dark and erotically-charged, emerges here as Rudman's focus. The couples in the book include parents, lovers, a young boy and girl in elementary school, Perseus and Andromeda, Mary Ure and Robert Shaw, and Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
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  1. PROVO
  2. pp. 1-4
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  1. LONG-STEMMED ROSE
  2. pp. 5-34
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  1. THE GUITAR LESSON
  2. pp. 35-43
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  1. THE SHALLOWNESS OF THE LAKE
  2. pp. 44-60
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  1. PERSEUS AND ANDROMEDA
  2. pp. 61-81
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  1. POSITIONING IN TIME
  2. pp. 82-83
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  1. FRAGILE CRAFT
  2. pp. 84-117
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  1. BICOASTAL: BOBBY DARIN AT THE COPA
  2. pp. 118-128
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  1. MONEY
  2. pp. 129-131
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  1. TWO HORATIAN PALIMPSESTS
  2. pp. 132-136
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  1. THE COUPLE
  2. pp. 137-143
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  1. ELSEWHERE
  2. pp. 144-145
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  1. VOLTERRA
  2. pp. 146-148
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 149-151
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