In this Book

Provoked in Venice
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In these powerfully conceived and understated poems, Mark Rudman asks how culture is created and shared, and how historical events and figures are known through direct experiences of place. The title Provoked in Venice alludes to the structure of the book, wherein a trip to Italy becomes the catalyst for a meditative view of the convergence of imagination, history, and the 20th-century attempt to recover them both. The narrator enters the maze of Venice like a contemporary Dante guided only by the voice of the "rider"-interlocuter. Rich in allusions to literature, film, and the past, this final volume of the trilogy will engage and sustain all mental travelers.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. I: REVOLT
  2. pp. 1-56
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  1. "Normalissimo"
  2. pp. 3-7
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  1. Revolt
  2. pp. 8-18
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  1. Against Odds Against
  2. pp. 19-21
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  1. The "Real" Revolt
  2. pp. 22-34
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  1. Brecht Looks at Xeriscaping With a Thought About Shelley
  2. pp. 35-36
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  1. The Assassins
  2. pp. 37-42
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  1. A Winter Night in the City of God
  2. pp. 43-56
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  1. II: THE DESERT OF EMPIRE
  2. pp. 57-125
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  1. Provoked in Venice
  2. pp. 59-64
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  1. Evening on the Zattere
  2. pp. 65-68
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  1. From What Angle
  2. pp. 69-72
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  1. The Desert of Empire
  2. pp. 73-76
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  1. "Not Normalissimo"
  2. pp. 77-87
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  1. Venice Less and Less
  2. pp. 88-97
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  1. Tomahawk
  2. pp. 98-101
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  1. Across a Crowded Room
  2. pp. 102-114
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  1. Phaeton's Dream: Driving Lessons in the Desert
  2. pp. 115-125
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  1. III: DYING AND FLARING
  2. pp. 127-169
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  1. Joan and Jean
  2. pp. 129-151
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  1. Stealth
  2. pp. 152-157
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  1. The Last Night of a First Trip to Venice
  2. pp. 158-159
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  1. Without a Care in the World
  2. pp. 160-162
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  1. Midsummer Night in Venice
  2. p. 163
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  1. Tell Me Why
  2. pp. 164-167
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  1. Early Deliveries No One Receives
  2. pp. 168-169
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  1. IV: THE RETURN
  2. pp. 171-199
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  1. Venice: The Return in Winter I
  2. pp. 173-175
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  1. Venice: The Return in Winter II
  2. pp. 176-196
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  1. In Your Own Time
  2. pp. 197-199
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 201-202
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