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Its Ghostly Workshop
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From the Mediterranean to the American West, the poems in Ron Smith's new collection move across time and place to find reliable truths through personal observation. Beyond his own experiences Smith draws from the lives of notable and diverse figures -- Edward Teller, Edgar Allan Poe, Mickey Mantle, Ezra Pound, Robert Penn Warren, Jesse Owens, Leni Riefenstahl, and many others.

Its Ghostly Workshop probes the fallibility of philosophy while strengthening the quest for certainty. Wondering and weighing, these are poems capable of conviction as well as doubt. Like the city of Rome, the subject at the book's center, Its Ghostly Workshop aims to rewire us, to "virus" us, to "rush" us "with visionary blazes, cascades / of memory, incandescent logic."

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-9
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. I
  1. Edward Teller’s Leg
  2. pp. 1-2
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  1. II: The Stinkdark
  1. Mr. Poe Calls on Mrs. Shelton
  2. pp. 3-14
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  1. Edgar Poe Tries to Get His Act Together
  2. pp. 4-5
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  1. Poe’s Last Words
  2. pp. 6-7
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  1. The Southern Poet Is Pursued by Eliot
  2. pp. 8-9
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  1. Ford, Joyce, Pound, Quinn
  2. pp. 10-21
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  1. Pisa
  2. pp. 11-12
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  1. Shithouse
  2. pp. 13-24
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  1. DTC
  2. pp. 14-25
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  1. The Fascist Salute
  2. pp. 15-26
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  1. A Negroni for the Master
  2. pp. 16-18
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  1. III
  1. Supermoon
  2. pp. 19-20
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  1. IV: Created, Uncreated
  1. At First
  2. pp. 21-32
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  1. Piazza G. G. Belli
  2. pp. 22-33
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  1. The Caravaggio Room
  2. pp. 23-24
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  1. Roman Sleep
  2. pp. 25-36
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  1. Early Christianity: A Poem
  2. pp. 26-28
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  1. Rome
  2. pp. 29-30
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  1. Bentornato
  2. pp. 31-32
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  1. The Rewiring
  2. pp. 33-34
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  1. Napoleon’s Naked Sister
  2. pp. 35-46
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  1. A Wizard in the Forum
  2. pp. 36-37
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  1. Via della Scala, Trastevere
  2. pp. 38-49
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  1. Campidoglio
  2. pp. 39-50
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  1. Palatine
  2. pp. 40-51
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  1. Galleria Borghese, August
  2. pp. 41-52
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  1. Satiro e Ninfa
  2. pp. 42-53
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  1. The Tomb of the Scipios
  2. pp. 43-54
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  1. Via Appia, Beyond Ciampino
  2. pp. 44-45
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  1. ĸάθαρσης
  2. pp. 46-57
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  1. V
  1. Little Gidding
  2. pp. 47-50
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  1. VI: A Different World
  1. Album
  2. pp. 51-62
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  1. Come on In, Come on Along
  2. pp. 52-53
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  1. Yankees
  2. pp. 54-55
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  1. Splitting the Doubleteam
  2. pp. 56-67
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  1. The Day Jerry Suna Came to Baseball Practice Drunk
  2. pp. 57-58
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  1. Double
  2. pp. 59-60
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  1. A Different World
  2. pp. 61-72
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  1. Distraction
  2. pp. 62-73
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  1. Anecdote of the Half-Rubber
  2. pp. 63-74
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  1. A Leni Riefenstahl Triptych
  2. pp. 64-65
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  1. Incarnation
  2. pp. 66-67
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  1. Flashes
  2. pp. 68-69
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  1. Perfect Hit
  2. pp. 70-72
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  1. VII
  1. Its Ghostly Workshop
  2. pp. 73-74
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 75-76
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