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The Ohio State University Press
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Spot in the Dark is a collection of poetry exploring the nuances of human relationship. From new love to extra marital affairs to dating to solitude, the book’s four sections read as a journey on the part of a series of narrators who wrestle through the beginning and middle stages of love, the complications of an affair, the challenges of single life, and finally come to focus on the external world: the beauty and starkness of a winter landscape, the ebullience of spring, the breathtaking loveliness of a sunset. The book’s arc moves from examining the human wish and will to connect to another to presenting the self as part of a larger, richer, and more complicated set of external relationships. Written predominantly in free verse, these sometimes meditative, sometimes cynical, sometimes playful poems sift through the difficulties and pleasures of living in the world.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page, Dedication
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Part I
  2. pp. 1-2
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  1. Spot in the Dark
  2. pp. 3-4
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  1. Fallen in Love Again
  2. p. 5
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  1. The Distance of Motion
  2. p. 6
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  1. Wheels Inside Wheels
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  1. If Only
  2. p. 8
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  1. Winter Preparations
  2. p. 9
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  1. Moving Topsoil and Thinking About Us
  2. p. 10
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  1. The Edge of Enough
  2. p. 11
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  1. En Route
  2. p. 12
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  1. Nowhere Fast
  2. pp. 13-14
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  1. Part II
  2. pp. 15-16
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  1. Me and You and an Oh
  2. p. 17
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  1. Hands Full of Nothing
  2. p. 18
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  1. Letter, March 18
  2. p. 19
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  1. No News Here
  2. p. 20
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  1. Returns
  2. p. 21
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  1. Common Dreams
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  1. The Mistress
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  1. To One Who Can't Leave
  2. p. 24
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  1. The Wish
  2. pp. 25-26
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  1. Part III
  2. pp. 27-28
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  1. Alone, Open Road
  2. pp. 29-30
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  1. Friend of a Friend of a
  2. pp. 31-33
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  1. Soul Mate
  2. p. 34
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  1. With a Woman
  2. p. 35
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  1. Teaching Composition in Erie, Pennsylvania, or Madonna Should Never Write a Dating Column
  2. pp. 36-37
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  1. Winter, Erie, PA
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  1. I Believe in Pain the Way Others Believe in God
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  1. Lyric Melancholia in Winter
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  1. The Letter I Sent To My Mother
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  1. Explanations for Distraction
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  1. Her Power
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  1. The Art of Schmoozing
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  1. My Former Lover Said He Was Tired
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  1. What's Left
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  1. What We Keep When Lovers Go
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  1. The Feeling of Wings
  2. p. 48
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  1. After the Goodbye
  2. pp. 49-50
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  1. Part IV
  2. pp. 51-52
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  1. Ars Poetica
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  1. Boardwalk and Bach
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  1. Again
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  1. Matin
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  1. Worms Dancing
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  1. My Doggy Self
  2. p. 58
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  1. Audience of Two
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  1. When Can I See Your Shetland Ponies
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  1. Pilgrimage
  2. pp. 61-62
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