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BARBARIC MERCIES
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"Gaylord Brewer’s Barbaric Mercies is a book of extraordinary and delightful individuality. Alternately aggressive, outrageous, whimsical, and heartfelt, the poems are never predictable but always authentic. The author has such a genius for phrasing that there are many lines that make the reader stop and sigh or smile. A dark and delicious volume." —Dana Gioia

Table of Contents

  1. Frontmatter
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. 9-14
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  1. Transport of the Dead
  2. pp. 15-16
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  1. Section I: Tennessee Walking
  2. pp. 17-18
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  1. Beloved Monster
  2. pp. 19-19
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  1. The New Me
  2. pp. 20-20
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  1. My Murder
  2. pp. 21-21
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  1. My Suicide
  2. pp. 22-23
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  1. The Hemingway Look-alike Society
  2. pp. 24-25
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  1. King
  2. pp. 26-27
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  1. Christ, the End
  2. pp. 28-29
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  1. Moving the Stone
  2. pp. 30-30
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  1. Ode to Leonard Cohen and Yogi Berra
  2. pp. 31-32
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  1. Carnations
  2. pp. 33-33
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  1. July 4th
  2. pp. 34-37
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  1. Hamlet in Centennial Park
  2. pp. 38-38
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  1. Section II: Cave de Lesvault
  2. pp. 39-40
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  1. A Mystery
  2. pp. 41-45
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  1. Late
  2. pp. 46-46
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  1. Loser Take All
  2. pp. 47-47
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  1. To the Boy I Killed
  2. pp. 48-48
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  1. Our New Calendar
  2. pp. 49-49
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  1. This Summer
  2. pp. 50-50
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  1. Isolation
  2. pp. 51-51
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  1. In the Cave
  2. pp. 52-53
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  1. When I Take a Walk
  2. pp. 54-54
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  1. Blessings of the Cynic
  2. pp. 55-55
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  1. Lean Into It
  2. pp. 56-56
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  1. Section III: The N.A.L.L.
  2. pp. 57-58
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  1. My Own Medicine
  2. pp. 59-59
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  1. Suicide Curve
  2. pp. 60-60
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  1. You Build a Fire for Sunday
  2. pp. 61-61
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  1. A Map for Leaving
  2. pp. 62-63
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  1. Animals, Food and Language
  2. pp. 64-64
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  1. After a Disagreeable Conversation
  2. pp. 65-65
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  1. The French Language Revealed
  2. pp. 66-66
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  1. The Man Who Married the Wind Divorces
  2. pp. 67-67
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  1. Vanya Morning
  2. pp. 68-68
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  1. Sonata to Sun and Repose
  2. pp. 69-69
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  1. Provisions
  2. pp. 70-70
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  1. Man’s War against Depression
  2. pp. 71-71
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  1. Why Eating Alone Is Fortunate
  2. pp. 72-72
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  1. Chagall’s Grave
  2. pp. 73-73
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  1. Ode to Favorite Trousers
  2. pp. 74-74
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  1. Ode to a Paring Knife
  2. pp. 75-75
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  1. Apology to the Reader
  2. pp. 76-76
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  1. Tough
  2. pp. 77-77
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  1. Being Lon Chaney, Jr.
  2. pp. 78-78
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  1. Section IV: Day One
  2. pp. 79-80
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  1. My Parents Weren’t Drunks
  2. pp. 81-81
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  1. The Opposite of Desire
  2. pp. 82-82
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  1. You’re Fine
  2. pp. 83-83
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  1. Sweet Dominion
  2. pp. 84-84
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  1. Ciao Frankie
  2. pp. 85-85
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  1. Odysseus after the Sales Meeting
  2. pp. 86-86
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  1. Mistress Irony and the Death of the World
  2. pp. 87-87
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  1. Biographical Note
  2. pp. 88-88
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