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Fabulae
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In Fabulae, Joy Katz interrogates the physical world, constructing a sensual and striking autobiography. She turns to the familiarity and strangeness of the female body, its surfaces and inner workings, often, although her subjects range from Thomas Jefferson to an Adam and Eve plagued with obsessive-compulsive disorder to the streets of New York’s diamond district. The poems, by turns funny and philosophical, point to how we suffer from desire: the danger, she writes, is that we might love the world “like heaven and be lost.” But they come back to delight in a flawed world especially the palpable beauty of words, and even the erotic shapes of the letterforms that make them up.

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. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-11
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  1. Following the Orthodox Men
  2. pp. 1-13
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  1. Women Must Put Off Their Rich Apparel
  2. pp. 3-14
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  1. Following the Orthodox Men
  2. pp. 4-15
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  1. From the Forest of Canes
  2. pp. 5-6
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  1. Concerning the Islands Newly Discovered
  2. pp. 7-18
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  1. Taxonomy
  2. pp. 8-9
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  1. A Nation So Ignorant of Itself
  2. pp. 10-11
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  1. Some Rain
  2. pp. 12-23
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  1. The Word Wife
  2. pp. 13-25
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  1. On Wardman Road
  2. pp. 15-16
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  1. From the Water
  2. pp. 17-28
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  1. Falling
  2. pp. 18-29
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  1. Abraham Considers
  2. pp. 19-30
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  1. Four Storeys
  2. pp. 20-31
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  1. Handwork
  2. pp. 21-32
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  1. Nuptial
  2. pp. 22-33
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  1. Solstice
  2. pp. 23-34
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  1. A Visit to Seattle
  2. pp. 24-25
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  1. Falling Toward the Furnace
  2. pp. 26-37
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  1. Tour Book of Northeastern States
  2. pp. 27-38
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  1. Sunday Morning and the Light
  2. pp. 28-39
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  1. The Word Wife
  2. pp. 29-40
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  1. Aubade
  2. pp. 30-41
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  1. Lullaby, Four A.M.
  2. pp. 31-42
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  1. The Old Woman's Delight
  2. pp. 32-43
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  1. Cafe
  2. pp. 33-45
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  1. Together In a Small Room
  2. pp. 35-47
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  1. In the Old Jewish Cemetery, Prague
  2. pp. 37-48
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  1. Metamorphosis
  2. pp. 38-49
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  1. Together in a Small Room (1975)
  2. pp. 39-50
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  1. At Terezin (1992)
  2. pp. 40-51
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  1. What Remains
  2. pp. 41-52
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  1. The Entrance
  2. pp. 42-53
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  1. To a False God
  2. pp. 43-55
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  1. 24th and Mission
  2. pp. 45-56
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  1. You Eat With Your Fingers
  2. pp. 46-57
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  1. Photograph of Plath
  2. pp. 47-58
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  1. Emergency
  2. pp. 48-59
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  1. To a False God
  2. pp. 49-60
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  1. L'Arrivee d'un Train en Gare
  2. pp. 50-61
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  1. O How Unlike the Place from Whence They Fall
  2. pp. 51-62
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  1. From That Tree, You Must Not Eat
  2. pp. 52-63
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  1. The Imperfect Is Our Paradise
  2. pp. 53-64
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  1. After John Taggart
  2. pp. 54-65
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  1. Note Found Inside a Mezuzah
  2. pp. 55-66
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  1. Still Life
  2. pp. 56-67
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  1. Colophon
  2. pp. 57-69
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 59-70
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  1. Crab Orchard Award Series in Poetry
  2. pp. 60-71
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  1. Back Cover
  2. pp. 72-72
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