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Designed for Flight
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Designed for Flight both continues and enlarges the exploration of the rhythms of our emotional lives undertaken in Gregory Fraser’s first two collections. A master of metaphor, Fraser works magic within tightly controlled forms, loading lines with surprising juxtapositions and changes of direction. Taken together, the poems trace the sometimes instant, sometimes decades-long movement from incomprehensible loss and grief to rueful reflection and, if we’re lucky, uneasy accommodation. Casting a sharply observant eye on past selves, always steering clear of simple sentiment, the speaker in this collection looks back with bitter irony and forgiveness in equal measure. Against the fears and frustrations of childhood, the dissolution of a doomed relationship, and the distance between the hoped for and the actual, Fraser’s poems offer the imagination’s capacity for endless invention and the compensatory pleasures of art.






Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-2
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  1. Part I
  2. pp. 3-4
  1. The Great Northeast
  2. pp. 5-7
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  1. First Mortgage
  2. p. 8
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  1. At the Degas Exhibit
  2. pp. 9-10
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  1. Lingo
  2. pp. 11-12
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  1. Ice
  2. p. 13
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  1. Memory
  2. pp. 14-15
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  1. The Theft
  2. pp. 16-17
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  1. Judeophilia
  2. pp. 18-24
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  1. Part II
  2. pp. 25-26
  1. Rainbow, Rainbow, Rainbow
  2. pp. 27-28
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  1. Orpheus & Co.
  2. p. 29
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  1. The Good Life
  2. p. 30
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  1. Ending with a Line from a Travel Guide
  2. p. 31
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  1. Ohio in Late Summer
  2. p. 32
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  1. Springfield
  2. p. 33
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  1. Spitting Image
  2. p. 34
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  1. Her Mistake
  2. p. 35
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  1. Ficus
  2. p. 36
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  1. The Squall
  2. p. 37
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  1. Alternative Contours of Space and Time
  2. pp. 38-39
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  1. Not a Word
  2. pp. 40-41
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  1. The Village Idiot
  2. pp. 42-44
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  1. Part III
  2. pp. 45-46
  1. The Stuff
  2. pp. 47-48
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  1. Splotches
  2. p. 49
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  1. The Lord’s Prayer
  2. p. 50
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  1. Instructions for Assembling a Nation
  2. p. 51
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  1. Borges and Himself
  2. pp. 52-53
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  1. Menelaus
  2. p. 54
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  1. Prodigal Son
  2. p. 55
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  1. To a Fool
  2. pp. 56-57
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  1. I Should Be Livid
  2. pp. 58-59
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  1. Bread
  2. p. 60
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  1. Correspondent
  2. pp. 61-64
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  1. Part IV
  2. pp. 65-66
  1. Man of Feeling
  2. pp. 67-68
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  1. Interlude
  2. pp. 69-70
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  1. Mine
  2. p. 71
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  1. Love to Death
  2. pp. 72-74
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  1. If Only
  2. pp. 75-76
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  1. Marriage
  2. pp. 77-82
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  1. White Night on the Neva
  2. p. 83
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  1. After the Miscarriage
  2. p. 84
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  1. First Night Alone with Twins
  2. pp. 85-86
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  1. The End
  2. pp. 87-88
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