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Life is a mystery, a puzzle, “a house of inscrutable signals,” leaving us “often stranded in the middle of a feeling.” With exquisite manipulation of language, the poems in Kary Wayson’s collection, American Husband, seek to unravel the mystery and solve the puzzle by parsing everyday experiences—observing life while lying about on the couch, on the floor, in bed and out—and everyday relationships—between the self and the mother, the self and the father, the self and the lover, the self and the self, and the self and god. English, “the telephone and the telephone book and the table with one vase and the cut rose,” is the means through which Wayson, drawing not only on her own wisdom but also on that of Sylvia Plath, Emily Dickinson, Shajahana, Mother Goose, Federico García Lorca, Edward Gorey, and others, enacts intersections between self and meaning. At each intersection, love’s loneliness forms and dissolves, expands and contracts, and then passes much like weather, or the mysterious changeable relationship between silence and words. Wayson may feel that she lives “with a desk where nothing gets done,” but with every poem she finds “some nook or cranny to plumb, some crook or nanny dumb enough to tell them what,” and another puzzle piece falls in place.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-v
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  1. Preface: American Husband
  2. pp. vi-viii
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. 1. The Four Corners of Fifth & Lenora
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. 2. More of the Same
  2. pp. 2-2
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  1. 3. Cruelty Made Me
  2. pp. 3-3
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  1. 4. Snarcissus
  2. pp. 4-4
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  1. 5. Regret Red
  2. pp. 5-5
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  1. 6. Poppies
  2. pp. 6-6
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  1. 7. Echolocution
  2. pp. 7-7
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  1. 8. The Embolus
  2. pp. 8-8
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  1. 9. I Turn My Silence Over
  2. pp. 9-10
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  1. 10. Love Is Not a Word
  2. pp. 11-11
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  1. 11. Flu Song in Spanish
  2. pp. 12-14
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  1. 12. The Four Corners of Fifth & Lenora
  2. pp. 15-15
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  1. 13. Untitled Manifesto
  2. pp. 16-16
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  1. 14. Fever with Guitars
  2. pp. 17-17
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  1. 15. Federico & Garcia
  2. pp. 18-19
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  1. 16. Intimacy Vs. Autonomy
  2. pp. 20-20
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  1. 17. Words for the Waltz
  2. pp. 21-24
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  1. 18. The Curtains Are Another Kind of Husband
  2. pp. 25-25
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  1. 19. Double Down
  2. pp. 26-26
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  1. 20. Hard Feelings
  2. pp. 27-27
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  1. 21. Because Because
  2. pp. 28-28
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  1. 22. Can Be Jackets, Can Be Bees
  2. pp. 29-30
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  1. 23. The Four Corners of Fifth & Lenora
  2. pp. 31-31
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  1. 24. Pick It Up Again
  2. pp. 32-32
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  1. 25. Good God
  2. pp. 33-33
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  1. 26. If English
  2. pp. 34-34
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  1. 27. The Time Eater
  2. pp. 35-35
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  1. 28. The Chief
  2. pp. 36-37
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  1. 29. The Wrong Place for a Long Time
  2. pp. 38-38
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  1. 30. Each Foot as Feet Should
  2. pp. 39-40
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  1. 31. Head of a Girl
  2. pp. 41-41
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  1. 32. The Mean Time
  2. pp. 42-42
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  1. 33. Chicken
  2. pp. 43-43
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  1. 34. Letter from One Less Daughter
  2. pp. 44-44
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  1. 35. The Four Corners of Fifth & Lenor
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 46-49
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780814271544
Related ISBN
9780814251591
MARC Record
OCLC
682101869
Pages
46
Launched on MUSE
2015-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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