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Taken Somehow By Surprise
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David Clewell’s spirited poems cut through the noise we too often accommodate in our daily lives. Breath by surprising breath, this poet takes us into chambers of the heart that have never been mapped quite this way before. By turns raucous and strangely soothing, narrative and lyrical, Clewell traffics in unlikely and compelling details of our mostly discernible world: a school custodian’s role in the burgeoning Space Race, the vastness of abandoned missile silos, the first lawn flamingos, and the living fossil still using a typewriter.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. The Accomplice
  2. pp. 3-5
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  1. I. Somewhere Else We Have to Be
  2. pp. 7-30
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  1. This Poem Had Better Be about the World We Actually Live In
  2. pp. 9-11
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  1. No More Mail from Baltimore
  2. p. 12
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  1. So Much Gone and Going
  2. pp. 13-16
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  1. The Flamingos Have Left the Building
  2. pp. 17-18
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  1. In My Dream, Coleman Hawkins
  2. p. 19
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  1. Goodbye to the Blockhead
  2. pp. 20-23
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  1. The Only Time There Is
  2. pp. 24-25
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  1. All Night and Always
  2. pp. 26-28
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  1. The All-Dressed-Up-and-Going-Nowhere Ghosts
  2. pp. 29-36
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  1. II. Untold Days on Earth
  2. pp. 37-66
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  1. Uncle Bud, Unshaken in the Wake of Sputnik : October 1957
  2. pp. 39-42
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  1. Home Movies of the Space Race
  2. pp. 43-51
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  1. Not Exactly Rocket Science
  2. pp. 52-54
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  1. The Lunar Sympathizers
  2. pp. 55-58
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  1. A Brief History of the Moon in Twentieth-Century Song, and Then Some
  2. pp. 59-66
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  1. III. A Lifetime of Parts & Labor, Guaranteed
  2. pp. 67-97
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  1. A Pocket Guide to Trouble
  2. pp. 69-81
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  1. The Perfect Stranger
  2. pp. 82-84
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  1. Maybe Just One Poem in This Fecund Spring Where Patricia Doesn't Suddenly Appear, Waylaying Whatever It Was I Must Have Had in Mind
  2. p. 85
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  1. Danse Clewellia, or: Is There a Doctor in the House?
  2. pp. 86-87
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  1. Meanwhile, Back at the Typewriter, I'm Hoping for a Greater Acceptance
  2. pp. 88-89
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  1. Albert Einstein Held Me in His Arms
  2. pp. 95-97
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  1. IV. Jack Ruby's America
  2. p. 99
  1. i. Jack Ruby Orders the Chicken Salad: November 21, 1963
  2. pp. 101-102
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  1. ii. The Chicago Cowboy
  2. pp. 103-110
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  1. iii. Jack Ruby Talks Business with the New Girl: November 21, 1963
  2. pp. 111-112
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  1. iv. The Difference a Day Makes
  2. pp. 113-127
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  1. v. Jack Ruby Spends His Last New Year's Eve with His Sister, Telling the Truth as He Knows It: Parkland Hospital, December 31, 1966
  2. pp. 128-131
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