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Fair Copy, byRebecca Hazelton, is a meditation on the difficulties of distinguishing the real from the false, the copy from the original. It is in part an exploration of the disparity between our conception of love as either true or false and the messy reality that it can sometimes be both. If “true” love is not to be found, is an approximation a “fair” substitute? These poems repeatedly question the veracity of memory—sometimes toying with the seductiveness of nostalgia while at other times pleading for the real story. Here, the fairy tale and the everyday nervously coexist, the bride is an uneasy molecule, and happiness comes in the form of a pill. Composed of acrostics from lines by Emily Dickinson, the collection retains a direct and recurrent tie to Dickinson’s work, even while Hazelton deftly branches off into new sonic, rhythmic, and conceptual territories.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 2-5
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. [Were it but Me that gained the Height—]
  2. pp. 1-2
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  1. 1. ALL THAT I LOVE, I TREMBLE BY
  2. pp. 3-12
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  1. [Summer laid her simple Hat—]
  2. pp. 4-13
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  1. [I gave myself to Him—]
  2. pp. 5-14
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  1. [At last, to be identified!]
  2. pp. 6-15
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  1. [Afraid! Of whom am I afraid?]
  2. pp. 7-16
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  1. [Delayed till she had ceased to know]
  2. pp. 8-9
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  1. [A darting fear—a pomp—a tear—]
  2. pp. 10-19
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  1. [A Sickness of this World it most occasions]
  2. pp. 11-12
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  1. [The nearest Dream recedes—unrealized—]
  2. pp. 13-14
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  1. [Let my first Knowing be of thee]
  2. pp. 15-24
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  1. The World—stands—solemner—to me]
  2. pp. 16-17
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  1. [Recollect the Face of me]
  2. pp. 18-27
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  1. [Where Thou art—that—is home—]
  2. pp. 19-28
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  1. [I dreaded that first Robin, so]
  2. pp. 20-29
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  1. 2. THE WORLD LIKE A WORLD LIKE A WORLD
  2. pp. 21-30
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  1. [This heart that broke so long]
  2. pp. 22-31
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  1. [To my small Hearth His fire came—]
  2. pp. 23-32
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  1. [Hope is a strange invention—]
  2. pp. 24-33
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  1. [The Robin is the One]
  2. pp. 25-34
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  1. [Experiment to me]
  2. pp. 26-35
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  1. [He forgot—and I—remembered—]
  2. pp. 27-36
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  1. [Departed—to the Judgment—]
  2. pp. 28-37
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  1. [Their Height in Heaven comforts not—]
  2. pp. 29-30
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  1. [Candor—my tepid friend—]
  2. pp. 31-40
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  1. [There is a Shame of Nobleness—]
  2. pp. 32-41
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  1. [Of Bronze—and Blaze—]
  2. pp. 33-42
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  1. [A narrow Fellow in the Grass]
  2. pp. 34-43
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  1. [The Devil—had he fidelity]
  2. pp. 35-44
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  1. [The power to be true to You]
  2. pp. 36-45
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  1. [Herein a Blossom lies—]
  2. pp. 37-46
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  1. [The Birds Begun at Four o’clock—]
  2. pp. 38-47
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  1. [Put up my lute!]
  2. pp. 39-48
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  1. [If those I loved were lost]
  2. pp. 40-49
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  1. 3. THE GLOW OF THE BIG CORRECTION
  2. pp. 41-50
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  1. [Bloom upon the Mountain—stated—]
  2. pp. 42-51
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  1. [He is alive, this morning—]
  2. pp. 43-43
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  1. [I had some things that I called mine—]
  2. pp. 44-45
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  1. [The Merchant of the Picturesque]
  2. pp. 46-55
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  1. [Some—Work for Immortality—]
  2. pp. 47-56
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  1. [To pile like Thunder to its close]
  2. pp. 48-49
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  1. [The Voice that stands for Floods to me]
  2. pp. 50-51
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  1. [To Love thee Year by Year—]
  2. pp. 52-61
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  1. [A Light exists in Spring]
  2. pp. 53-62
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  1. [You cannot make Remembrance grow]
  2. pp. 54-63
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  1. [Such are the inlets of the mind—]
  2. pp. 55-64
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  1. Notes on Process
  2. pp. 56-67
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