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Flip Days
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Using Hollywood screenplay structure to illustrate a life in three acts, eighteen scenes, each with two poems as mirrors to action, filmmaker/poet Lawrence Bridges sequences through tragicomic plot twists and subplots to create a character-driven, novel-like book of lyric poems. An unnamed protagonist is torn from a lover, torn from himself, in perpetual transition while starting a new family, surrounded by a lively array of colleagues and friends as his career implodes, asserting his autonomy only to become part of life's "conspiracies." Strangers shift around him in a murky world beyond his control, a world with signs of indeterminacy and happenstance: Restaurant patrons smile innocently while thieves quietly rob, a death pact is used to escape a lover, disguised signals from space aliens announce that our enemies are now their allies. How do you tie up loose ends when characters we like are actually the bad guys? Bridges prods us to answer the main question: Can a man love as his world spells farewell? A unique, delightful read—an invitation to explore something new in what may be a new genre fusing some of the elements of screenplay with poetry. Today is already yesterday to tomorrow, in Flip Days.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright, Acknowledgements
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  1. Contents
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  1. Dedication
  2. p. 11
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  1. Act 1: Establish Mood and Environment.
  2. p. 13
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  1. Like Letting Babies Live with Gravediggers
  2. pp. 15-18
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  1. Blue, the Color
  2. p. 19
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  1. Establish Place and Time. Where.
  2. p. 20
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  1. Doppler Dream
  2. pp. 21-22
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  1. Example
  2. p. 23
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  1. Who. Main Characters.
  2. p. 24
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  1. The Rubber Band Days
  2. pp. 25-26
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  1. Mail
  2. pp. 27-28
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  1. Main Character’s Goal.
  2. p. 29
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  1. Unassailable Jazz
  2. pp. 30-31
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  1. Negative Exuberance
  2. pp. 32-33
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  1. A Plot Twist Sets the Story in Motion.
  2. p. 34
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  1. The Poet Who Carried a Hubcap Among Briefcases
  2. pp. 35-37
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  1. On Love, After a Passage
  2. p. 38
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  1. The Subplot.
  2. p. 39
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  1. Flight
  2. p. 40
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  1. Legendary Forgetfulness
  2. p. 41
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  1. The Antagonist.
  2. p. 42
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  1. The Helicopter Dreams
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  1. The Capitalist in His Cab
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  1. Conflict.
  2. p. 45
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  1. Glass, Memory, Mirror
  2. pp. 46-47
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  1. The Night Puts the Relentless & Invisible Vocation of Seeking to Sleep
  2. p. 48
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  1. Act 2: Check for Momentum.
  2. p. 49
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  1. “Here Is What It Would Have Been Like, Captured on Film”
  2. p. 51
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  1. The Individual Is a Thesaurus
  2. p. 52
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  1. A Twist in the Subplot.
  2. p. 53
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  1. Lament
  2. p. 54
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  1. Three Split Infinitives: Luck
  2. p. 55
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  1. Another Main Plot Twist.
  2. p. 56
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  1. I Imagined You as a Little Old Man
  2. pp. 57-59
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  1. Winter Object: Oath of Silence
  2. p. 60
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  1. Relief.
  2. p. 61
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  1. Gallery Incident: A Picture Tells What You Did All Afternoon in Response to the Sudden Sunlight
  2. p. 62
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  1. Skylight
  2. p. 63
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  1. Another Subplot Twist (Strongest).
  2. p. 64
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  1. That Spells Farewell
  2. p. 65
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  1. Kiln and Arrow
  2. pp. 66-67
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  1. Another Main Plot Twist (Strongest).
  2. p. 68
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  1. True Calling: Pleasure Piece
  2. p. 69
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  1. The World Is Toil
  2. pp. 70-72
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  1. Act 3: Come Full Circle Rapidly and Conclude.
  2. p. 73
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  1. Ajar, Kansas
  2. p. 75
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  1. And One
  2. pp. 76-77
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  1. End Subplot Before Climax.
  2. p. 78
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  1. Door to the Empty Store
  2. p. 79
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  1. Bought Me
  2. p. 80
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  1. Tie Up Loose Ends.
  2. p. 81
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  1. Level 11
  2. p. 82
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  1. Free Association: Monoploy
  2. pp. 83-85
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  1. Answer the Main Question.
  2. p. 86
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  1. About the Author
  2. p. 88
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