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Shadow Ball

New and Selected Poems

Charles Harper Webb

Publication Year: 2009

Shadow Ball gathers together in one collection the best of Charles Harper Webb’s prize-winning books, as well as a selection of his newest poems.

Published by: University of Pittsburgh Press

Series: Pitt Poetry Series

Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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pp. vii-ix

from Reading the Water 1997

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pp. 1-26

The Mummy Meets Hot-Headed Naked Ice-Borers

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pp. 3-4

The Death of Santa Claus

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pp. 5-6

Prayer for the Man Who Mugged My Father, 72

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pp. 7-8

Spiders

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pp. 9-10

The Crane Boy

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pp. 11-12

One Story

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pp. 13-14

In Praise of Pliny

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pp. 15-16

Umbrellas

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pp. 17-18

Broken Toe

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pp. 19-20

Peaches

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pp. 21-22

Invocation to Allen as the Muse Euterpe

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pp. 23-25

The Shape of History

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p. 26

from Liver 1999

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pp. 27-48

Wedding Dress

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pp. 29-30

Over the Town

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pp. 31-32

Biblical Also-Rans

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pp. 33-34

Musk Turtle

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pp. 35-36

Tone of Voice

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p. 37

Tenderness in Men

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p. 38

Prozac

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p. 39

Byron, Keats, and Shelley

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pp. 40-41

Someone Else’s Good News

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pp. 42-43

Losing My Hair

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pp. 44-45

Love Poetry

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pp. 46-47

Descent

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p. 48

from Tulip Farms and Leper Colonies 2001

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pp. 49-70

Did That Really Happen?

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pp. 51-52

To Prove that We Existed Before You Were Born

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pp. 53-54

Charles Harper Webb

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pp. 55-56

Vikings

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pp. 57-58

A Salesman and a Librarian

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p. 59

Death Comes to the Baby Boom

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pp. 60-61

Waking at 3 A.M.

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pp. 62-63

Cocksucker

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pp. 64-65

Waiting

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p. 66

Socks

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p. 67

To Make My Countrymen Love Poetry

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pp. 68-70

from Hot Popsicles 2005

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pp. 71-85

Consciousness

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pp. 73-74

Rat Defeated in a Landslide

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p. 75

To Set Himself Off from the Crowd

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p. 76

Conan the Barbarian

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p. 77

A Ticklish Situation

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p. 78

Judge Frosty Presiding

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p. 79

Imp of the Verbose

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pp. 80-81

Hot Popsicles

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p. 82

Superman, Old

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pp. 83-84

Making Things Right

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p. 85

from Amplified Dog 2006

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pp. 87-110

Amplified Dog

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pp. 89-90

Ooh My Soul

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pp. 91-92

My Wife Insists That, On Our First Date, I Told Her I Had Seven Kinds of Hair

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p. 93

The New World Book of Webbs

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pp. 94-95

Pumpkin Envy

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p. 96

Cat Possessed by Poet Keats

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pp. 97-98

Prayer to Tear the Sperm-Dam Down

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pp. 99-101

The Animals Are Leaving

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p. 102

A Meal Not Eaten

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pp. 103-104

A Grand Opening of Hearts

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pp. 105-106

The Open-Air Recital Survived a Shaky Start

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pp. 107-108

How to Live

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pp. 109-110

New Poems

Shadow Ball

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pp. 113-114

Comebacks

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pp. 115-116

Blues

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pp. 117-118

Sneaker Males

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pp. 119-120

Goddess

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pp. 121-122

Feeders

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pp. 123-124

“Ghost of a Chance“

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pp. 125-126

Big

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pp. 127-128

Kidnapper-Couple Who Forgot to Leave a Ransom Note Sentenced to 14 Years

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pp. 129-130

Teachers’ Names

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pp. 131-132

We’ve Got Rhythm; I Have Much Better Poems than This

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pp. 133-136

He Won’t Go to Sleep Without Me

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pp. 137-138

Flashlight

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pp. 139-140

Acknowledgments

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pp. 143-145


E-ISBN-13: 9780822990727
E-ISBN-10: 0822990725
Print-ISBN-13: 9780822960423
Print-ISBN-10: 0822960427

Page Count: 160
Publication Year: 2009

Series Title: Pitt Poetry Series
Series Editor Byline: Ed Ochester See more Books in this Series

OCLC Number: 835768841
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