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Room Service
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How did one of America’s most gifted fabulists come to write a collection of poetry? For thirty years, Ron Carlson has joked about writing one poem a year, and to look for his book of them in 2012. The joke came true: Room Service: Poems, Meditations, Outcries and Remarks is a genre-bending collection of traditional verse, prose poetry, microfiction, and—why not?—a play or two, dancing easily from the lyrical to the surreal to the comical, capturing the long sweep of life’s simple necessities and small triumphs. Brimming with Carlson’s signature good humor, these pieces were written over many years in many places, and are unified, as befits a first book of poetry, by hope. Room Service reminds us why poetry is necessary, and will leave you wondering what took him so long.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, Acknowledgments
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. 7-10
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  1. Part I
  2. pp. 11-14
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  1. Room Service
  2. pp. 15-15
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  1. Poetry’s Debt to Invention
  2. pp. 16-16
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  1. The Great Open-Mouth Anti-Sadness
  2. pp. 17-17
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  1. Rain
  2. pp. 18-18
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  1. A Brown Dog Sleeps on a Rag Rug
  2. pp. 19-20
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  1. Time of Day
  2. pp. 21-21
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  1. Pennies
  2. pp. 22-22
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  1. How Death is Not a Thing
  2. pp. 23-23
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  1. Grief
  2. pp. 24-24
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  1. Homeschool Insider: The Fighting Pterodactyls
  2. pp. 25-26
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  1. There Were Two of Them in the Car
  2. pp. 27-28
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  1. Class Remarks
  2. pp. 29-30
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  1. One Woman
  2. pp. 31-31
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  1. Utah Cabin Under Heaven, July 3
  2. pp. 32-33
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  1. The Genius of Women’s Wear
  2. pp. 34-34
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  1. The Gunslinger’s Lamentation
  2. pp. 35-36
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  1. Anaconda, a Giant Invader
  2. pp. 37-38
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  1. Part II
  2. pp. 39-40
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  1. The Chance
  2. pp. 41-41
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  1. A Simple Note on How Best to Use This Humble Bookmark
  2. pp. 42-42
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  1. What I did not teach you about poetry
  2. pp. 43-45
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  1. The Bull
  2. pp. 46-46
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  1. The Chapman Branch
  2. pp. 47-48
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  1. How to Win Her Heart
  2. pp. 49-50
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  1. The Teeming Urban Scene
  2. pp. 51-51
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  1. My America House Car Store
  2. pp. 52-53
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  1. The Nihilist
  2. pp. 54-55
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  1. Brendan, Born at Easter
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  1. Don and Hugh
  2. pp. 58-59
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  1. After the Animal Fair
  2. pp. 60-60
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  1. Syllabus
  2. pp. 61-62
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  1. The Barn Door
  2. pp. 63-63
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  1. The First Morning at Humarock
  2. pp. 64-65
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  1. Baby
  2. pp. 66-66
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  1. My America Sleep
  2. pp. 67-68
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  1. Part III
  2. pp. 69-70
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  1. Word Gets Out
  2. pp. 71-71
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  1. Say Hello to Copper Bob
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  1. My America Notwithstanding
  2. pp. 73-74
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  1. The Boss of Me
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  1. The Final Shark Story
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  1. In Dwindgore
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  1. Accidents in the Home
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  1. Motel Letter
  2. pp. 79-79
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  1. Elements of Courtship
  2. pp. 80-80
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  1. In the Old Firehouse
  2. pp. 81-82
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  1. Max Who Caught a Car
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  1. The Neighborhood So Far
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  1. Entourage
  2. pp. 85-85
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  1. Zebra
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  1. The Execution
  2. pp. 87-88
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  1. The Reason We Have Schools
  2. pp. 89-90
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  1. South Pacific
  2. pp. 91-91
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  1. My America Coffee
  2. pp. 92-92
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  1. No Really There’s Something way across the Lake
  2. pp. 93-93
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  1. Ars Poetica
  2. pp. 94-95
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  1. About the Author
  2. pp. 96-96
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