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Waking Bodies
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Yes, it’s safe to go back to poetry. In fact, it’s highly recommended, thanks to Rex Wilder and his engaging first book of poems. Waking Bodies has already been praised by luminaries as diverse as the metrical Richard Wilbur and the asymmetrical Billy Collins for its qualities of pure enjoyment. The highly popular Collins, a Two-Term Poet Laureate of the United States, says, "In Rex Wilder's poetry, the tired English of everyday use comes back to us refreshed and full of its original surprise. In a world glutted with poetry, that Wilder has found a new way to say the old things is a notable achievement."

Table of Contents

  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 5-8
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. 9-10
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  1. Epigraph
  2. pp. 11-14
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  1. The Sign Says November There
  2. pp. 15-16
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  1. Part 1. A Beautiful Strain
  2. pp. 17-18
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  1. Séverine in Summer School
  2. pp. 19-19
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  1. Violé
  2. pp. 20-20
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  1. Pre-Raphaelite
  2. pp. 21-21
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  1. Sounding Aboard the Rafaella
  2. pp. 22-22
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  1. Séverine Between Marriages
  2. pp. 23-28
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  1. Séverine at the Albergo Ristorante
  2. pp. 29-29
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  1. Balcony
  2. pp. 30-30
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  1. Romeo of Séverine
  2. pp. 31-31
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  1. Chaste
  2. pp. 32-32
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  1. Le Presbytère
  2. pp. 33-33
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  1. In and Outback
  2. pp. 34-34
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  1. &
  2. pp. 35-35
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  1. Bertolucci Discovers Séverine
  2. pp. 36-36
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  1. Séverine’s Ecstasy
  2. pp. 37-37
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  1. Séverine’s Neighborhood
  2. pp. 38-38
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  1. Séverine’s E-Mail
  2. pp. 39-39
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  1. Séverine’s Ark
  2. pp. 40-40
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  1. Séverine and Her Trophy Flower
  2. pp. 41-41
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  1. A Winter Wedding
  2. pp. 42-42
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  1. Number Ten
  2. pp. 43-43
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  1. Normandy Redivivus
  2. pp. 44-45
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  1. Part 2. Drought Notes
  2. pp. 47-48
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  1. Drought Notes
  2. pp. 49-55
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  1. Part 3. The Blueprint Sky
  2. pp. 57-58
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  1. The Flood
  2. pp. 59-60
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  1. Outpost
  2. pp. 61-61
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  1. The Last Ten Minutes
  2. pp. 62-62
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  1. René Underground
  2. pp. 63-64
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  1. Part 4. The Space of Ten Dozen Lawns
  2. pp. 65-66
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  1. Holiday Special
  2. pp. 67-67
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  1. The Baby
  2. pp. 68-68
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  1. Cedars of Lebanon
  2. pp. 69-69
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  1. Young, and Yet a Relic
  2. pp. 70-70
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  1. The First Magnolias
  2. pp. 71-71
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  1. The Key
  2. pp. 72-73
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  1. Six-Thirty
  2. pp. 74-74
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  1. Premium Poem
  2. pp. 75-75
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  1. Totalitarian Memory Poem
  2. pp. 76-76
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  1. The Business of Life
  2. pp. 77-77
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  1. The Folder
  2. pp. 78-78
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  1. Southernmost Love Poem
  2. pp. 79-79
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  1. The Sad Divides
  2. pp. 80-80
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  1. How He Loved Her
  2. pp. 81-81
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. 82-83
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  1. For S., Whom I Did Not Marry
  2. pp. 84-84
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  1. The Tragedy of Merlin
  2. pp. 85-85
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  1. Slow
  2. pp. 86-86
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  1. In the Early Days
  2. pp. 87-87
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  1. From The Clear Coast
  2. pp. 88-88
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  1. Police Chase
  2. pp. 89-89
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  1. Valentino
  2. pp. 90-90
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  1. The Weather Never Had Time to Change
  2. pp. 91-91
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  1. The Gift
  2. pp. 92-92
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  1. The Far Reaches
  2. pp. 93-93
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  1. Summers on Woodland
  2. pp. 94-96
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