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The Tatters

Brenda Coultas

Publication Year: 2014

In this nuanced and moving new collection of poems, Brenda Coultas weaves a meditation on contemporary life and our place in it. Coultas, who is known for her investigative documentary approach, turns her attention to landfills and the odd histories embedded in the materials found there. The poems make their home among urban and rural detritus, waste, trinkets, and found objects. The title poem, for example, takes its cue from the random, often perfect, pigeon feathers found on city streets. In a seamless weave of poetic sentences, The Tatters explores how our human processes of examination are often bound up with destruction. These poems enable us to be present with the sorrow and horror of our destructive nature, and to honor the natural world while acknowledging that this world no longer exists in any pure form, calling to us instead from cracks in the sidewalk, trash heaps, and old objects. Check for the online reader’s companion at tatters.site.wesleyan.edu.

Published by: Wesleyan University Press


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Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. i-vi


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pp. vii-x

My Tree

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pp. 1-2

A Mass for Brad Will

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pp. 3-5

The Midden

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pp. 6-12


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pp. 13-14

A Gaze

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pp. 15-19

The Tatters

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pp. 20-46

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Note: Bradley Roland Will, 1970–2006

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pp. 47-50

Most of the accounts of Brad’s life list him as an anarchist, activist, Indymedia reporter, freight-train hopper, forest defender, squatter, fire-eater, and poet. Although Brad published very little poetry, he kept journals of poems and ballads. I don’t know how or why, but in the early ’90s Brad found his way...


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pp. 51-52

About the Author

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pp. 53-54

E-ISBN-13: 9780819574404
E-ISBN-10: 0819574406
Print-ISBN-13: 9780819574190

Page Count: 68
Publication Year: 2014

OCLC Number: 870950849
MUSE Marc Record: Download for The Tatters

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