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Broken Hallelujah

New and Selected Poems

Jack Butler

Publication Year: 2013

Jack Butler’s Broken Hallelujah: New and Selected Poems is a celebration that refuses to explain away pain and trouble, or to oversell the very transcendence it seeks. Its poems are always musical, whether formal, improvisational, or written according to the music of speech itself.

Butler understands poetry more nearly as the essence of that speech than as one of its products, the heart of the ways we know each other. Some of these forms are as old as English, but the voice stays immediate; and whether dark or hopeful, comic or sober, passionate or calm and knowing, these poems speak with the urgency of praise itself.

Published by: Texas A&M University Press

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 1-2

Contents

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pp. 3-4

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Preface

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pp. 6-6

I first discovered Jack Butler in Leon Stokesbury’s The Made Thing: A Contemporary Anthology of Southern Poetry, the text that forced me into the realization that I wanted to write poetry. I stole the book from the S.C. Governor’s School for the Arts in 1996, not out of malice or mischief or even absentmindedness. I took it out of simple necessity, ...

Gyroscope

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pp. 8-8

Grandfather Song

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pp. 9-9

Preserves

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pp. 10-10

Homage to the First Geometer

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pp. 11-12

After John Wink Tells Me How He Would Like to Write a Villanelle on Jesus, A Villanelle on Lynnice, and a Villanelle on Desire, I Am Seized with a Vision of Blessed Order, and Steal His Subjects

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pp. 13-13

Subplot

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pp. 14-15

The Werewolf

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pp. 16-18

So I Went to the Ant

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pp. 19-20

Out of the Ghetto of Angels

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pp. 21-21

No News at All

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pp. 22-22

The Ant-Hill

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pp. 23-24

Sunday Spider

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pp. 25-25

Timber Rattler

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pp. 26-26

Under the Fingernail Moon

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pp. 27-28

The Kid Who Wanted to Be a Spaceman

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pp. 29-31

Not Quite Like Son

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pp. 32-32

Green Fire

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pp. 33-33

Two-Part Descent

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pp. 34-34

The Buzzard

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pp. 35-36

Concerto for Walleyed Weary Woman

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pp. 37-38

Blues for Lynnika at Two

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pp. 39-39

The Mantis

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pp. 40-40

Wild Orders

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pp. 41-41

Geese

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pp. 42-42

Apology for Hope

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pp. 43-44

The Pain that Vision Cannot Heal

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pp. 45-45

One Reason for Stars

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pp. 46-46

A Song for Easter

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pp. 47-48

The Return

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pp. 49-49

On Fire for the Lord

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pp. 50-50

Practice

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pp. 51-51

Lights Out

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pp. 52-52

The Binomial Theorem of Hope

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pp. 53-53

The Theory of the Rose

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pp. 54-54

The Old One

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pp. 55-55

. . . And Love to the Air It Resembles

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pp. 56-56

Mr. Entropy Meets the Weak Antropic Principle

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pp. 57-57

The Interstellar Tourist Shows His Slides

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pp. 58-58

Solomon in His Wisdom

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pp. 59-66

The Changing of Vision with Time

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pp. 67-68

Paradise Is a Hard Gig

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pp. 69-70

The Constancy of Existence

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pp. 71-72

The Spider at the Bottom of the Bottle

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pp. 73-73

You Wax Sausage Apparatus after Rain and Shade

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pp. 74-74

The Practice

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pp. 75-75

Youth Is a Passage, Aging’s the Play

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pp. 76-78


E-ISBN-13: 9781937875091
E-ISBN-10: 1937875091
Print-ISBN-13: 9781933896960

Page Count: 80
Publication Year: 2013

OCLC Number: 847238568
MUSE Marc Record: Download for Broken Hallelujah

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