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The Law of Falling Bodies

Poems

Elton Glaser

Publication Year: 2013

The hard center of The Law of Falling Bodies bears down on the twin enmities of pain and loss. But the book ranges over a broad field, with poems covering everything from the inundations of summer rain (“It’s like living in the spit valve of a big trombone”) to a lovesick drunk listening to Patsy Cline (“My drink’s on the rocks, and I am, too.”) Glaser begins with the quirks and revelations of nature, shifts to those difficult adjustments we make as the body breaks down, modulates to a series of scenes imbued with music, and ends on an elegiac note in memory of his late wife (“Grief follows me like a dog behind the butcher’s truck”). Along the way, the poems touch on a restless scale of tones, as light as the indignant comedy of “It Ain’t the Heat, It’s the Stupidity” and as heartbreakingly dark as “Autopsy.” At the core is the constant interplay of an agile mind and rich language—what Ezra Pound called “the dance of the intellect among words”—always feeling out what it is to be human.

Published by: University of Arkansas Press

Cover

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pp. C-C

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. i-vi

Acknowledgments

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pp. vii-viii

Contents

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pp. ix-xii

I.

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pp. 1-2

Where the Mississippi Begins

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pp. 3-3

Squall Lines

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pp. 4-5

Sunbreak in the Poconos

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pp. 6-7

During the Deluge

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pp. 8-8

After the Storm, the Birds Begin to Sing

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pp. 9-9

It Ain’t the Heat, It’s the Stupidity

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pp. 10-10

In the Season of Early Dark

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pp. 11-12

Little Ice Age

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pp. 13-13

After the Harvest, before the Snow

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pp. 14-16

Liebestod

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pp. 17-17

MapQuest to Anyplace Else

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pp. 18-18

Gifts out of Dirty Weather

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pp. 19-19

Incantations of April

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pp. 20-20

Withdrawal Symptoms

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pp. 21-21

Downwind from the Uplift

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pp. 22-22

Drinking Alone on a Spring Day

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pp. 23-24

May Rain

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pp. 25-26

Turn and Return

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pp. 27-28

II.

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pp. 29-30

Under the Knife

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pp. 31-31

Cuttings from Recovery

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pp. 32-34

Song with One Lung

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pp. 35-36

Second Slice

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pp. 37-38

Exit Strategy

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pp. 39-40

Residues

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pp. 41-42

Ceremony

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pp. 43-43

Not There

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pp. 44-45

Lumbar Complaints

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pp. 46-46

Over and Out

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pp. 47-47

Indelible Ink

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pp. 48-49

Closing In

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pp. 50-50

Sixty without a Crutch

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pp. 51-52

III.

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pp. 53-54

The Blind One

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pp. 55-55

Slow Music with Diminished Chords

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pp. 56-56

At the Casino with Justice

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pp. 57-59

Girl down on the Farm

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pp. 60-61

Boy in the Lull of Midsummer

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pp. 62-63

Patsy Cline on the Jukebox,Seven and Seven on the Bar

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pp. 64-64

Do the Do

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pp. 65-66

Opaque Confessions from the Other Life

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pp. 67-67

Swamped

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pp. 68-68

Thanksgiving in New Orleans, 2005

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pp. 69-70

Outlaw Blues

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pp. 71-72

Church of the Downtown Redeemerand Twiceborn Saints

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pp. 73-73

Bottoming Out

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pp. 74-74

IV.

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pp. 75-76

For Helen, in Her Absence

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pp. 77-77

Less than Greek

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pp. 78-78

Autopsy

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pp. 79-79

Gin and Music

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pp. 80-80

To My God, in His Absence

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pp. 81-81

Trashing the Shadows

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pp. 82-82

Book of the Broken Spine

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pp. 83-84

When You Hear the Tone

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pp. 85-85

Empty Ever After

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pp. 86-86

Missing the Missing

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pp. 87-88

Dernier Cri

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pp. 89-89

To the Nth

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pp. 90-90

Experimental Requiem

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pp. 91-91

All Too Human

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pp. 92-93

Late Night with No Wine

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pp. 94-94

Simple Gifts

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pp. 95-95

The Law of Falling Bodies

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pp. 96-96

Back Cover

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pp. 97-97


E-ISBN-13: 9781610755139
Print-ISBN-13: 9781557289964

Page Count: 87
Publication Year: 2013

OCLC Number: 872122427
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