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Give Over, Graymalkin
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From python hunting to Swami Keerti’s laughing meditation, from a death in the family to a burial on the rural acres where he’s stood his ground for a decade, Gaylord Brewer extends and explodes his career-long obsessions in Give Over, Graymalkin. This 8th collection of poems is a journal of loss and recovery, departure and surprising return, fleeting hours in a world diminished yet wondrous. Seas writhe with uncharted beasts. Horsemen gather, conflagrant beneath sword and cross. A daughter mounts a bicycle and a divorcé has the Harley delivered. From India to France to Spain, to the birdsong and day lilies of his unruly garden, Brewer continues as poetic conquistador mapping our longing, melancholy, and joy. With his characteristic wit and compassion, signature sculpted lines, and incantatory vigor, buried metaphors arise, holy days pass, toasts are raised, suns set over the desert of the animate dead. And the weary traveler? He approaches a dark corridor that may or may not be the way home.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright, Acknowledgments, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. 9-12
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  1. After
  2. pp. 13-14
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  1. Section I: In the Gaze of Swami Keerti
  2. pp. 15-16
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  1. Come with Me
  2. p. 17
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  1. Jungle Appetites
  2. pp. 18-19
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  1. Do Not
  2. pp. 20-21
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  1. Calling My Mother from India
  2. pp. 22-23
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  1. Swami Keerti Reminds Me that I Am God and Suggests a Bedtime Meditation
  2. pp. 24-25
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  1. Swami Keerti Surprises Me by Using the Word “Bullshit” on Christmas
  2. pp. 26-27
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  1. The Whiskies of Nainital
  2. pp. 28-29
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  1. New Year’s Eve, India
  2. pp. 30-31
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  1. Beginning New Year’s Day with Swami Keerti’s Laughing Meditation
  2. pp. 32-33
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  1. Hunting the Python with Mr. Singh
  2. pp. 34-36
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  1. Section II: Last Days
  2. pp. 37-38
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  1. Everywhere
  2. p. 39
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  1. Three Nights, and One Other
  2. p. 40
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  1. Midnight, December 31, 2006
  2. p. 41
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  1. The Months
  2. p. 42
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  1. Another Good Friday, Good Death
  2. p. 43
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  1. The Bounty of Easter
  2. p. 44
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  1. Lovemaking
  2. p. 45
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  1. Barbaro
  2. pp. 46-47
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  1. Sunday, Night
  2. p. 48
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  1. Section III: South to North
  2. pp. 49-50
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  1. Upon the Third Day Returned to France, at the Old Church on the Hill
  2. pp. 51-52
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  1. To the Wind
  2. p. 53
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  1. After Buying a Rabbit at the Carcassonne Market
  2. pp. 54-55
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  1. Heart’s Warning
  2. pp. 56-57
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  1. A Small, Gone Moment
  2. pp. 58-59
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  1. Jasper
  2. pp. 60-61
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  1. The Walk
  2. pp. 62-63
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  1. Sunday, Another Week of Life Spent
  2. pp. 64-65
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  1. Probably Human
  2. p. 66
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  1. After Twelve Songs for Morning, One for Night (or, Where Were You?)
  2. p. 67
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  1. Last Day
  2. pp. 68-69
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  1. Lost Poem Regarding the Musée d’Orsay, Rescued by Renoir
  2. p. 70
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  1. What the Rain Taught
  2. p. 71
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  1. Fête de l’Indépendance (or, July 4th, Final Evening in France)
  2. p. 72
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  1. Section IV: The Dead Metaphors
  2. pp. 73-74
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  1. Dead Metaphor: Clouds
  2. p. 75
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  1. Dead Metaphor: The Rose
  2. p. 76
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  1. Dead Metaphor: Learning the Bicycle
  2. p. 77
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  1. Dead Metaphor: Sunlight after Morning Thunder
  2. p. 78
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  1. Dead Metaphor: Home
  2. p. 79
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  1. Dead Metaphor: Pregnant Wife
  2. pp. 80-81
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  1. Dead Metaphor: Illness
  2. p. 82
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  1. Dead Metaphor: Fidelity
  2. p. 83
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  1. Dead Metaphor: Infidelity
  2. pp. 84-85
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  1. Dead Metaphor: Bullfighting
  2. pp. 86-87
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  1. Dead Metaphor: Day Lilies
  2. pp. 88-89
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  1. Dead Metaphor: Mosquitoes as Nazis
  2. p. 90
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  1. Dead Metaphor: The Number Thirteen
  2. p. 91
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  1. Dead Metaphor: Post-Divorce Harley-Davidson
  2. pp. 92-93
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  1. Dead Metaphor: The Champagne Toast
  2. p. 94
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  1. Section V: Otra Vez
  2. pp. 95-96
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  1. Hymn of the Flies
  2. p. 97
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  1. For Now, Rise
  2. pp. 98-99
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  1. The Freak of Granada
  2. pp. 100-101
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  1. Occasional
  2. pp. 102-103
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  1. Two Years
  2. pp. 104-105
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  1. Bucket List
  2. pp. 106-107
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  1. Small Mercy
  2. pp. 108-109
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  1. Scalloping
  2. pp. 110-111
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  1. Siesta for the Dying
  2. p. 112
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  1. Ernesto’s 109th Birthday Party
  2. p. 113
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  1. For Beatriz, Belén, and Beatriz María
  2. pp. 114-115
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  1. A History of Flamingos
  2. pp. 116-117
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  1. Reading Ted Hughes on the Beach, Last Day in Spain
  2. p. 118
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  1. The Black Ruby
  2. p. 119
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  1. About the Author
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