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The poems in Blood Prism span a lifetime. Its three sections, “Memory,” “Politics,” and “Age,” frame meditations on a violence-blotched world with reflections on the author’s childhood and conclusions about a decades-long life of writing. “I’m 60 and still . . . alive in this world, with love and with its palindrome,” one poem says. And the argument of the book turns on that precise puzzle: on evol, invoking as it does both evil and evolve, both human wrong and life as something more than mere survival. In a variety of styles—prose poems, standard and dislocated forms—Hoeppner uses “blood” to represent family and history, his surprising and richly imagistic language rendering the emptiness he calls imagination “into remains. Into what persists.”

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 2-7
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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. I. Memory
  2. pp. 1-13
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  1. Trees We Thought Were Walking
  2. pp. 3-4
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  1. Amish Roadway
  2. pp. 5-16
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  1. Behind Clouds
  2. pp. 6-17
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  1. Painting Dunes, Left to Right
  2. pp. 7-18
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  1. Loss
  2. pp. 8-19
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  1. Walking at Night
  2. pp. 9-10
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  1. Weathered Crèche
  2. pp. 11-22
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  1. Imprint
  2. pp. 12-13
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  1. On the Demise of Poetic Apostrophe
  2. pp. 14-25
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  1. On Top of Central High School in the Middle of the Night
  2. pp. 15-26
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  1. No Elegy
  2. pp. 16-27
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  1. Landscape with a Lake and Small Island
  2. pp. 17-28
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  1. At Lourdes
  2. pp. 18-29
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  1. Swimming after Nightfall
  2. pp. 19-30
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  1. Something of My Mother’s
  2. pp. 20-31
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  1. Manchild
  2. pp. 21-32
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  1. The Last Time I Saw Him I Didn’t
  2. pp. 22-23
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  1. Lamp and Wick
  2. pp. 24-35
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  1. The Night You Thought to Stop
  2. pp. 25-26
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  1. Shadow
  2. pp. 27-38
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  1. The Other Biography
  2. pp. 28-39
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  1. Sunburst, Rush Hour
  2. pp. 29-41
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  1. II. Politics
  2. pp. 31-43
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  1. Shapes as Prologue in the Tower of London
  2. pp. 33-44
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  1. Hatred: On Returning to a Poem with Language Backwards
  2. pp. 34-35
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  1. The Trickle of Blood
  2. pp. 36-47
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  1. Teens
  2. pp. 37-48
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  1. “Long War” Drone: On a Term Proposed and Abandoned by the Pentagon
  2. pp. 38-39
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  1. The First of the Month
  2. pp. 40-51
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  1. Drought in August
  2. pp. 41-52
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  1. Smoke Love
  2. pp. 42-43
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  1. Paradise
  2. pp. 44-55
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  1. Cooling Tower, Smokestack
  2. pp. 45-56
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  1. Wartime Portrait, Dried Sunflowers
  2. pp. 46-57
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  1. High Waves
  2. pp. 47-58
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  1. Blood Gutter
  2. pp. 48-59
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  1. Referred Pain
  2. pp. 49-50
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  1. On Sound: As Sirens in The Diary Of Anne Frank
  2. pp. 51-52
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  1. Some of Us
  2. pp. 53-64
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  1. Reading Tracks in Snow
  2. pp. 54-65
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  1. Wrought Iron Grapes and Leaves
  2. pp. 55-66
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  1. On Reading War and Peace
  2. pp. 56-57
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  1. Lake Fogged In
  2. pp. 58-69
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  1. Abundance
  2. pp. 59-70
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  1. Saint Ophelia
  2. pp. 60-71
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  1. III. Age
  2. pp. 61-73
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  1. Dispatch
  2. pp. 63-74
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  1. Cloak
  2. pp. 64-75
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  1. Ghost Pain
  2. pp. 65-76
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  1. After AA, the Somnambulist Dream Again
  2. pp. 66-77
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  1. Recovery
  2. pp. 67-78
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  1. Mist
  2. pp. 68-79
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  1. Path in Sand, with Hawthorn
  2. pp. 69-80
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  1. Walking on Water
  2. pp. 70-81
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  1. Torch
  2. pp. 71-82
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  1. On Translucence
  2. pp. 72-83
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  1. An Ordinary Day not Red
  2. pp. 73-84
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  1. Terrestrial
  2. pp. 74-85
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  1. Not the Quick
  2. pp. 75-86
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  1. Ash
  2. pp. 76-87
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  1. Lullaby
  2. pp. 77-88
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  1. Shore As Body
  2. pp. 78-89
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  1. Ink Drawing
  2. pp. 79-90
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  1. All Souls’ Morning
  2. pp. 80-91
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  1. On Plato in December after Dark
  2. pp. 81-92
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  1. Stippling, Winter: Letter to a Tropical Mind
  2. pp. 82-83
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  1. No Postcard from a Snowfield
  2. pp. 84-85
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  1. After White-Out
  2. pp. 86-98
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780814270721
Related ISBN
9780814251812
MARC Record
OCLC
868220120
Pages
88
Launched on MUSE
2014-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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