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The Laughter of Adam and Eve

Jason Sommer

Publication Year: 2013

Near the beginning, just after the fall, was laughter—at least as Jason Sommer imagines it. In the title poem, Eve catches Adam’s hilarity over what passes for a tree outside of Eden, their laughter a heady combination of longing, defiance, and perhaps even relief, through which they find they now possess “a knowledge of evil that is good,” an understanding that will carry them through life after paradise. Through settings mythical, historical and biblical, through characters that range from Gunga Din to St. Kevin of Glendalough, the poems in this book often search out meaning in the tracing of origins: of a bird’s song, of laughter, of a word, of language itself.  Poems explore the source of the word brouhaha, the song of the “resignation bird,” and the dangerous way a poem of Anna Akhmatova enters the world, under the eyes and ears of Stalin’s secret police, escaping the house arrest its author must endure.




In The Laughter of Adam and Eve, Sommer speaks from a multitude of voices and perspectives, in short, formal lyrics as well as longer free-verse narratives. From the archetypal parents of us all, down through anonymous voices, throughout these pages, women and men speak to—and of—each other, in many roles and relations—as lover and beloved, as child and parent, as dreamer and dreamt of. The poems attempt to travel beyond the traditional binary in search of the common thread that binds us to one another. Perhaps chief among them is story: whether recasting myth so that Pygmalion and Narcissus become a single figure or using an Appalachian tale retold as a message, lover to lover, these poems narrate, while engaging deeply with those special properties that poetry can bring to story.

Published by: Southern Illinois University Press

Series: Crab Orchard Series in Poetry

Cover

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pp. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-xii

Part 1

The Laughter of Adam and Eve: A Detail

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pp. 3-4

New Covenant, Causality

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pp. 5-5

The One Who Knows All Language

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pp. 6-7

Brouhaha

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pp. 8-9

At the Akhmatova Museum, Fountain House Annex

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pp. 10-12

Signs and Wonders

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pp. 13-16

Film Clips of Munkacs, 1933

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pp. 17-19

Gunga Din

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pp. 20-22

Saint Kevin, Blackbird, and Others

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pp. 23-26

No Script

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pp. 27-30

Part 2

Resignation Bird

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pp. 33-33

Sleeping with a Woman Who Writes

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pp. 34-36

The Love of Pygmalion

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pp. 37-38

Lover

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pp. 39-39

A as Insignia

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pp. 40-43

Vile

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pp. 44-45

That Dream, Your Dream, She Says

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pp. 46-46

Enemies

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pp. 47-47

Her Pleasure in Herself

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pp. 48-49

Fashion Show

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pp. 50-50

Plague Tale

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pp. 51-52

In a Breath

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pp. 53-53

Mytheme

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pp. 54-54

What Old David Felt

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pp. 55-55

Religion, Then Science

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pp. 56-56

Part 3

To One at Risk

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pp. 59-61

This My Failure This My Life This My

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pp. 62-62

Regret

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pp. 63-63

First Things

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pp. 64-64

Escaped to Tell

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pp. 65-66

Passengers Will . . .

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pp. 67-67

At Day’s End, as at the End of Any Day

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pp. 68-68

Evening

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pp. 69-69

Letting It in a Little

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pp. 70-71

That The Compensations of Art

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pp. 72-73

Spend, Spend

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pp. 74-74

Further Reading, Back Cover

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pp. 75-77


E-ISBN-13: 9780809332793
E-ISBN-10: 0809332795
Print-ISBN-13: 9780809332786
Print-ISBN-10: 0809332787

Page Count: 96
Publication Year: 2013

Series Title: Crab Orchard Series in Poetry
Series Editor Byline: John Smith, Will Wordsworth See more Books in this Series

OCLC Number: 858764949
MUSE Marc Record: Download for The Laughter of Adam and Eve

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