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In her first collection of poems, Kansas native Amy Fleury captures images of dragging clotheslines, baked lawns, and sweet potato babies, inserting them with an earnest dignity into her stories of midwestern life. Beautiful Trouble explores the subtleties of landscape, place, families, girlhood, womanhood, and everyday existence on the prairie. Fleury writes of the Midwest with authenticity, speaks of romance with delicate allure, and recalls the heartbreak of childhood without self-pity. In meditations on resilience and life’s contradictions, Fleury engages her characters fully and paints their souls and sensations evenly in language both rare and beautiful. She is a poet in love with sound and its power to summon majesty from quotidian scenes. Her poems are brief and striking, depending on exquisite word choice and balance to achieve a simple order on the page.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-3
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  1. Title Page
  2. pp. 4-4
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  1. Copyright
  2. pp. 5-7
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. 8-9
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. One
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. Always Girl
  2. pp. 3-3
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  1. Consolation
  2. pp. 4-4
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  1. Penance: Reading to a Shut-In
  2. pp. 5-5
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  1. Papier-Mâché Jupiter
  2. pp. 6-6
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  1. Fifth Grade
  2. pp. 7-7
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  1. Pink
  2. pp. 8-8
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  1. The Thirsting Hours
  2. pp. 9-9
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  1. To Spit and Hone
  2. pp. 10-10
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  1. Covenant
  2. pp. 11-11
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  1. At Twelve
  2. pp. 12-12
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  1. Consider the Thunder
  2. pp. 13-14
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  1. Two
  2. pp. 15-16
  1. Wherever the Dancing Is Done
  2. pp. 17-17
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  1. Things Familiar
  2. pp. 18-18
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  1. A Prayer for Intercession
  2. pp. 19-19
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  1. Aurelia Waiting
  2. pp. 20-20
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  1. Nemaha County Nocturne
  2. pp. 21-21
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  1. Homestead
  2. pp. 22-22
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  1. Mercy at Home
  2. pp. 23-23
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  1. Almanac
  2. pp. 24-24
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  1. Remedy
  2. pp. 25-25
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  1. Sonnet for Dissonance
  2. pp. 26-26
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  1. Threshing
  2. pp. 27-27
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  1. About Rose Ida
  2. pp. 28-28
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  1. Supplications to the Blessed Mother
  2. pp. 29-32
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  1. Three
  2. pp. 33-34
  1. Backroad
  2. pp. 35-35
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  1. Commotions of the Flesh
  2. pp. 36-37
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  1. Elegy for the Living
  2. pp. 38-38
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  1. Aubade
  2. pp. 39-39
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  1. The Fugitive Eve
  2. pp. 40-41
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  1. Rhythm
  2. pp. 42-42
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  1. At Cather’s Grave
  2. pp. 43-43
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  1. Burning Back
  2. pp. 44-44
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  1. At Twenty-Eight
  2. pp. 45-45
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  1. Epithalamion for a Maiden Aunt
  2. pp. 46-46
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  1. Jazz Rhapsody
  2. pp. 47-47
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  1. The Wound You Need
  2. pp. 48-48
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  1. What Endures
  2. pp. 49-49
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  1. The Progress of Night
  2. pp. 50-50
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  1. Other Books in the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry
  2. pp. 51-51
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  1. Back Cover
  2. pp. 52-52
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780809388608
Related ISBN
9780809325986
MARC Record
OCLC
830844373
Pages
64
Launched on MUSE
2014-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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