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Black Aperture

Poems

Matt Rasmussen

Publication Year: 2013

In his moving debut collection, Matt Rasmussen faces the tragedy of his brother's suicide, refusing to focus on the expected pathos, blurring the edge between grief and humor. In "Outgoing," the speaker erases his brother's answering machine message to save his family from "the shame of dead you / answering calls." In other poems, once-ordinary objects become dreamlike. A buried light bulb blooms downward, "a flower / of smoldering filaments." A refrigerator holds an evening landscape, "a tinfoil lake," "vegetables / dying in the crisper." Destructive and redemptive, Black Aperture opens to the complicated entanglements of mourning: damage and healing, sorrow and laughter, and torment balanced with moments of relief.

Published by: Louisiana State University Press

Series: Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets

Cover

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pp. 1-7

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

I

Trajectory

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pp. 3-12

After Suicide

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pp. 4-5

The Orange Leaves

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pp. 6-7

747

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pp. 8-9

The Wave

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pp. 10-19

And God Said

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pp. 11-12

I Am Not a Poem

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pp. 13-22

Tom Black

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pp. 14-23

Field with Whales

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pp. 15-24

After Suicide

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pp. 16-25

In Whoever’s Hotel Room this Is

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pp. 17-26

Vacation Cage

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pp. 18-27

Monet as a Verb

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pp. 19-28

We’re Not the Stars, We’re What’s Between Them

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pp. 20-29

Seed

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pp. 21-30

Chekhov’s Gun

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pp. 22-31

II

Elegy in X Parts

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pp. 25-40

III

Outgoing

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pp. 43-52

Land O’ Lakes

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pp. 44-53

A Poem in which Leaves again Figure Prominently

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pp. 45-54

Burial

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pp. 46-55

Aperture

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pp. 47-56

The Moon

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pp. 48-57

Notlove Poem for the Fence at the End of the Field

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pp. 49-58

O

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pp. 50-52

Phone

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pp. 53-62

An Uncertain Prayer

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pp. 54-63

Your Body Is a Temple Is a Body Again

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pp. 55-56

O Cremulator

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pp. 57-58

After Suicide

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pp. 59-60

Reverse Suicide

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pp. 61-70

A Horse Grazes in My Shadow

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pp. 62-71

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 63-64

Grateful acknowledgment goes to the following journals and anthologies in which these poems, or earlier versions of them, originally appeared: ...


E-ISBN-13: 9780807150870
Print-ISBN-13: 9780807150863

Page Count: 72
Publication Year: 2013

Series Title: Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets
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OCLC Number: 860626528
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