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Michael Benedikt (1935–2007), who has been occasionally grouped with the New York School poets, as well as James Tate and Russell Edson, published five books of poetry in his lifetime, and edited several anthologies, including the influential The Prose Poem (1976) and The Poetry of Surrealism (1974). This collection brings together for the first time work from all five of those long out-of-print volumes—along with work from his five unpublished manuscripts, which were nearly destroyed after his death. Finally, this once widely published and influential voice is back in print, and a fuller understanding of the development of American surrealism and the prose poem in the 1960s and 1970s is possible. Also, the more expansive work that he began in 1980, which investigated the line between the lyric and prose narrative, is finally getting the book presentation it deserves. A lifelong New Yorker, Benedikt was at various times an associate editor with Art News and Art International, managing editor of Locus Solus, and poetry editor of the Paris Review. Benedikt also taught at institutions such as Sarah Lawrence, Bennington, Vassar, and Boston University.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
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  1. The B0enedikt Suitcase
  2. John Gallaher
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  1. Of Michael
  2. Laura Bass
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  1. Six Passages
  2. Robert Archambeau
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  1. Preface to Benedikt: A Profile (1977)
  2. Michael Benedikt
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  1. Of Poetry, My Friend
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  1. From Changes: A Chapbook
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  1. Raising
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  1. Landscape
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  1. The Gift Steeds
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  1. Victoria Falls
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  1. Ironies
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  1. Survivor
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  1. Consolation
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  1. Changes
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  1. From The Body
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  1. Air
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  1. The European Shoe
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  1. Fraudulent days
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  1. Procession
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  1. The Eye
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  1. Hiding-Place
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  1. Developments
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  1. Gemini Emblem
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  1. A Beloved Head
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  1. Some Feelings
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  1. Joy
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  1. At Night
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  1. Thoughts
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  1. After a Reading of Mcluhan, Whom I Admired
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  1. The Bathroom Mirror
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  1. Pyromaniac’s Lament in Spring
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  1. Old School Ties
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  1. The Guardian Angel
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  1. From Sky
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  1. The Future
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  1. Clement Attlee
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  1. Money
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  1. The Blockhouse
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  1. The Artillery Portrait
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  1. This Morning I Fooled A Butterfly
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  1. On The Lawn
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  1. Passing Through Troy
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  1. The High
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  1. The Sky
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  1. Four Psalms
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  1. Let Me Out
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  1. The Esthetic Fallacy
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  1. Naming The Baby
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  1. Definitive Things
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  1. Mirror
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  1. For Jane (and Roger) but Certainly Not for Henry; or, Barbarella
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  1. To Persuade A Lady
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  1. From Mole Notes
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  1. Social Concerns
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  1. The Sandhog’s Monologue
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  1. Of the Difficulty of Finding A Friend
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  1. How A Navy Man Goes Down
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  1. The Angels; or, God’s Eyeball
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  1. The New Christ
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  1. On Painting the Bathroom Window
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  1. The Journey Across Your Thigh
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  1. Esthetic Nuptials
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  1. Physical Love
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  1. Portable War
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  1. Of Holes
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  1. A Hope Chest in Reverse
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  1. Christmas on Earth and Other Vacations With Pay
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  1. In the Hospital
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  1. Embodiment of Embeddedness
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  1. Understanding; or, A Much Better Place for the Same Price
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  1. The Night of the Foot
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  1. From Night Cries
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  1. Explanation of the Dark
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  1. A Gift
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  1. The Meat Epitaph
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  1. The Taste for All Things Formal
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  1. A Face in the Trash
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  1. The Melancholy Moralist
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  1. The Disappointed Philanthropist
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  1. The Adventures of Resentment
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  1. Living With Adversity
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  1. The Voyage of Self-Discovery
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  1. Discouraging Evening
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  1. The Pills
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  1. The Awards of Water
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  1. New Year’s Resolutions
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  1. The Search for the Source
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  1. From Universe & Persephone’s Telephone
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  1. The Tragic Landscape
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  1. Picnicking in the Infinite
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  1. Strong Tastes
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  1. Poem to be Looked at During a Nauseating War That is Making Everybody Sick
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  1. In Praise of Children (I)
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  1. Cornelia and Her Friends
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  1. Arnold
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  1. Landscape
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  1. Persephone’s Telephone (I–III)
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  1. The Crematorium of Boredom
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  1. Secret Singing
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  1. Desire and Its Conduits
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  1. Accomplices
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  1. From The Badminton At Great Barrington; Or,Gustave Mahler & The Chattanooga Choo-Choo & “Puffton Poems(Poems from Amherst)”
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  1. Saturday Night and Sunday Night Blues
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  1. I Tried
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  1. Portland Taxis
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  1. Where
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  1. Reunion: The Fourth of July
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  1. The Agreeable Weekend
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  1. Styles of Orgasm
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  1. The Diary
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  1. Up the Hill
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  1. Letter to Jim / May, 1975
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  1. From Poems Around the Home
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  1. [There is So Much in Life That Poetry]
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  1. Bye-Bye to Somebody
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  1. From Family Blessings /Family Curses
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  1. From Like Many Other Necessarily Peripatetic Americans...
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  1. For Gerald Fenichel (Who, “Way Back” in 1947, Lived “Way Back” in N.Y.C.)
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  1. From To Peggy Gabson...
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  1. Don Hall & Jane Kenyon of “Eagles Pond Farm,”...
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  1. Xmas on Bay State Road, Boston, by B.U., 1978
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  1. From Transitions & Of:
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  1. Elegy for Eddie (My Stepfather, Briefly)
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  1. The Fourth of July & New York & New Jersey & Laura & Me
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  1. Folonari Red Wine
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  1. Of Friendship vs. Conflict-of-Interest: Meditations From an Office Desk
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  1. Of “The Taganka Troupe” in Soviet Russia, 1957
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  1. Of an Only Child’s World
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  1. From Of Garter Belts; & Also of the Hooks & Snaps Attached to the Garter-Straps Customarily Dangling Down Therefrom
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  1. Rita & Ringo
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  1. “Your Life is Your Own Life . . .”: Variations on A Theme by James Wright
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  1. Of Living Alone But Not Brooding Too Much About It
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  1. Afterword
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  1. Time
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