In this Book

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Here is a book that is truly quietly deeply subtle. It appears to operate along the lines of here is how one thing follows another; it appears to rely on anticipated cause and effect to spring us forth from one fraction of a split second's thought to the next. There are many and then actions in this book. What follows comes as a surprise sometimes even when it shouldn't. For instance, at one poem's conclusion it says: An archer shoots. That's what an archer does. And this is astonishing. And then it is almost heartbreaking and then one must do a double take and then there is poetry.-Dara Wier In Thievery, his third and best book so far, Seth Abramson implicitly locates the source of the disaffection by which we are guided, not in the disasters of the twentieth century, which reconfirmed it, but in an unnameable and centuries-gone past. And by doing so he acknowledges that disaffection as the presence most familiar to us-indeed, its presence makes us familiar to each other: 'To be lost is to be connected / interminably.' These are grim and yet also startled poems, at home in a broken world and yet again and again and always surprised by its brokenness, and radiant with the sense that even the world in which one feels at home must be changed for the better. -Shane McCrae, Blood

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 2-7
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  1. contents
  2. pp. 8-9
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  1. I
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. slowdown
  2. pp. 3-3
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  1. gunbroke
  2. pp. 4-4
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  1. some drowned archer
  2. pp. 5-5
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  1. the country west
  2. pp. 6-7
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  1. all you ploughboys
  2. pp. 8-9
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  1. the woods in concord
  2. pp. 10-11
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  1. naughty boys well and truly punished
  2. pp. 12-13
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  1. hometown courage
  2. pp. 14-15
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  1. a costume for crossing the rainbow bridge
  2. pp. 16-17
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  1. things unso
  2. pp. 18-18
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  1. the push
  2. pp. 19-20
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  1. II
  2. pp. 21-22
  1. paracosmics
  2. pp. 23-24
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  1. pubescence
  2. pp. 25-25
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  1. the better kids
  2. pp. 26-26
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  1. first responder
  2. pp. 27-28
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  1. love song for another boy
  2. pp. 29-29
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  1. the marchers
  2. pp. 30-30
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  1. good form
  2. pp. 31-32
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  1. trisomic dialogue
  2. pp. 33-34
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  1. thievery
  2. pp. 35-36
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  1. only
  2. pp. 37-37
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  1. bronx flyweight spars
  2. pp. 38-38
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  1. the fire door
  2. pp. 39-40
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  1. III
  2. pp. 41-42
  1. chronophrenia
  2. pp. 43-56
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  1. IV
  2. pp. 57-58
  1. no one is keeping you here
  2. pp. 59-60
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  1. dust bowl
  2. pp. 61-61
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  1. first sermon
  2. pp. 62-62
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  1. red shirts and no boots
  2. pp. 63-63
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  1. hy-vee
  2. pp. 64-64
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  1. the dock lights at cattlepurse in the fall
  2. pp. 65-66
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  1. south
  2. pp. 67-67
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  1. wrecker
  2. pp. 68-69
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  1. ekphrasis
  2. pp. 70-70
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  1. transit
  2. pp. 71-71
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  1. a god for october
  2. pp. 72-72
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  1. hello the house
  2. pp. 73-73
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  1. samson at the pillar
  2. pp. 74-75
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  1. poem for battered man
  2. pp. 76-78
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  1. acknowledgments
  2. pp. 79-79
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  1. about the author
  2. pp. 80-80
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