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Sea Room
summary
Sea Room is a navigational term meaning adequate space at sea in which to maneuver a ship. The term seems an incongruity – that something so open and deep should require such precise and careful charting. In these most specific and powerful poems, the poet maps areas of obsessive love, phobic illness, godlessness, the prism of sexuality and romantic instinct in which all things are reflected, distorted.

There’s a playful terror in Maria Flook’s poems. Her animated word is full of signs and signals; she always finds the telling analogue or makes the figure which reveals, illuminated everyday perceptions. “Dreams have cruel motives. Sleep worries/ both the decent and the wicked/ who keep odd hours/ so I walked out.”

The poems search for reprieve, or a calm, in wronged lives. Any accusations are fully explored, recalled in forgiveness or apology for relationships long over.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. One
  2. p. 1
  1. Affidavit
  2. pp. 3-4
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  1. Household
  2. p. 5
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  1. Woodpecker
  2. p. 6
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  1. The Pier
  2. p. 7
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  1. The Continental Divide
  2. pp. 8-9
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  1. Against Spring
  2. pp. 10-11
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  1. Child Burial
  2. p. 12
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  1. The Beautiful Illness
  2. pp. 13-14
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  1. The Wilmington Courthouse
  2. pp. 15-16
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  1. The Sapling
  2. pp. 17-18
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  1. July 9th, Lying-in
  2. p. 19
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  1. The Lake
  2. p. 20
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  1. Signature Music
  2. p. 21
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  1. Two
  2. p. 23
  1. A Seaside Moon
  2. pp. 25-26
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  1. The Improper Persons
  2. pp. 27-28
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  1. On Massachusetts Avenue
  2. pp. 29-30
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  1. Arcata
  2. pp. 31-32
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  1. Memory
  2. p. 33
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  1. Useless Days
  2. pp. 34-35
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  1. Malady
  2. pp. 36-37
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  1. Current Diaries
  2. pp. 38-39
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  1. Violence
  2. p. 40
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  1. Three
  2. p. 41
  1. The Stone
  2. p. 43
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  1. With My First Husband
  2. pp. 44-45
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  1. The Past
  2. p. 46
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  1. The Riders
  2. pp. 47-48
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  1. Drugstore with Black Dolls
  2. pp. 49-48
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  1. Church Work
  2. p. 51
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  1. In Back
  2. pp. 52-53
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  1. 1917
  2. pp. 54-55
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  1. The Voice Lesson
  2. pp. 56-57
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  1. Discreet
  2. p. 58
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  1. Ball of String
  2. pp. 59-60
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