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Saint Nobody

Amy Lemmon

Publication Year: 2009

Amy Lemmon’s stunning and heart-wrenching debut, Saint Nobody, offers us a profound meditation on the body, on the tribulations and the hard-found joys of incarnation. Lemmon does not shy away from a world where “vestigial angel-parts ache to emerge” and where there doesn’t appear to be a “speck of God.” This piercing meditation takes the problem of the body, and the problem of the body in a world that often seems God-less, head-on, without flinching, and yet delivers us truths and beauty we would never have imagined. Lemmon knows that we can’t count on the intercession of an absent saint, and she refuses easy solace. Instead, she probes deeply into the pain, into the conflicting emotions of childbirth, into the birth of a child with Down Syndrome—which is probably the most extraordinary poem written on that subject—to understand the life of our body here, the body in which “pain is sharpest where my wings would be.” This is a world of urine samples, “errant” chromosomes, lost kisses, first bleedings, chaotic cells, and scars, where the blood seems ours alone, and where the words are the only bread we have that may deliver us. In the bread of her words, Lemmon has given us a profound sacrament.

Published by: Red Hen Press

Title Page, Copyright, Acknowledgments

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Contents

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pp. 7-8

Dedication

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pp. 9-12

Part I

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pp. 13-14

Disclaimer

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pp. 15-16

Saint Nobody

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pp. 17-20

Karyotype

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pp. 21-21

In-patients

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pp. 22-22

Fine Motor

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pp. 23-23

Scar

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pp. 24-25

Blight

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pp. 26-27

Sample

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pp. 28-29

Still Life with Fire Escape

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pp. 30-30

Fluidity

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pp. 31-31

Domestic Policy

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pp. 32-33

Order

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pp. 34-34

Iconography

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pp. 35-35

Deconstruction

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pp. 36-38

Home on the Pike

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pp. 39-39

Cardinal

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pp. 40-42

Part II

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pp. 43-44

Coke Bottle

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pp. 45-45

Rolling Rock I

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pp. 46-46

Rolling Rock II

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pp. 47-47

Rolling Rock III

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pp. 48-48

Daze of 1987

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pp. 49-49

A Day’s Work

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pp. 50-51

Venus of the Interstate

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pp. 52-53

The Puzzle

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pp. 54-54

Hands

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pp. 55-55

End of the Urban Experiment

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pp. 56-56

Breaking Camp

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pp. 57-58

Letter to Boston

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pp. 59-60

Part III

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pp. 61-62

Kindred

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pp. 63-63

Deciding on Quandary

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pp. 64-64

The Secret Spilled

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pp. 65-65

Cloistered

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pp. 66-66

Dinner with the Hugheses

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pp. 67-67

A Borrowed Book

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pp. 68-68

Feeding

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pp. 69-70

“The feel of your mouth on my neck—”

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pp. 71-71

This Milk-Weed Pod Your Head

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pp. 72-72

Home Brew

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pp. 73-74

Part IV

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pp. 75-76

Margins

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pp. 77-77

Autumn Remonstration

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pp. 78-79

A Physics

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pp. 80-81

A Physick

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pp. 82-83

Tonic

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pp. 84-84

Election

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pp. 85-85

Fantasy for Cello and Orchestra

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pp. 86-86

Les Oiseaux Tristes

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pp. 87-87

Four Nocturnes

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pp. 88-89

Monday Night Contradance

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pp. 90-91

Vespers

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pp. 92-92

Keats’ Eyelashes

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pp. 93-93

Monday Aubade

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pp. 94-94

Friday Afternoon

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pp. 95-95

Please Be Patient

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pp. 96-96

After Di Chirico’s The Uncertainty of the Poet

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pp. 97-97

Revival

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pp. 98-98

Strangely Tender

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p. 99

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About the Author

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pp. 104-104

Amy Lemmon is the author of the chapbook Fine Motor (Sow’s Ear Poetry Press, 2008). Her poems and essays have appeared in Rolling Stone, New Letters, Prairie Schooner, Verse, Barrow Street, Court Green, The Journal, Marginalia, and many other magazines and anthologies. A Pushcart Prize nominee, she has ...


E-ISBN-13: 9781597093699
Print-ISBN-13: 9781597091428
Print-ISBN-10: 1597091421

Page Count: 104
Publication Year: 2009

Edition: First

OCLC Number: 867793513
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