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Sui generis, Dana Roeser’s poems are spoken by a stand-up comic having a bad night at the local club. The long extended syntax, spread over her quirky, syncopated short lines, contains (barely) the speaker’s anxieties over an aging father with Parkinson’s, the maturation of two daughters, friends at twelve-step meetings and their sometimes suicidal urges—acted on or resisted—and her own place in a world that seems about to spin out of control. Bad weather and tiny economy cars speeding down the interstate next to Jurassic semis become the metaphor, or figurative vehicle, for this poet’s sense of her own precariousness. Roeser brings a host of characters into her poems—a Catholic priest raging against the commercialism of Mother’s Day, the injured tennis player James Blake, a man struck by lightning, drunk partygoers, an ex-marine, Sylvia Plath’s son Nicholas Hughes, a neighbor, travelers encountered in airport terminals, various talk therapists—and lets them speak. She records with high fidelity the nuances of our ordinary exigencies so that the poems become extraordinary arias sung by a husky-voiced diva with coloratura phrasing to die for, “the dark notes” that Lorca famously called the duende. The book is infused with the energy of misfortune, accident, coincidence, luck, grace, panic, hilarity. The characters and narrator, in extremis, speak their truths urgently.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Blurbs, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
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  1. Deliver Us from Evil
  2. pp. 1-5
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  1. Genius of the Prairie: Benton County Wind Farm
  2. pp. 6-12
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  1. Riptide Milagro
  2. pp. 13-17
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  1. On the Malecón
  2. pp. 18-22
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  1. A Fan, a Hair Dryer, an Air-Conditioner: Feast of the Pentecost at Target Supercenter
  2. pp. 23-28
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  1. That was All I Ever Knew of Nepal
  2. pp. 29-33
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  1. Red Rubber Ball
  2. pp. 34-39
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  1. Announcement: The Theme of Tonight’s Party has Been Changed
  2. pp. 40-48
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  1. “Die High”
  2. pp. 49-61
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  1. Poem in a Bottle
  2. pp. 62-67
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  1. Voodoo Lou’s Office Voodoo Kit
  2. pp. 68-80
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 81-81
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  1. The Juniper Prize
  2. pp. 82-83
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781613763131
Print ISBN
9781625340979
MARC Record
OCLC
896803277
Pages
88
Launched on MUSE
2014-11-22
Language
English
Open Access
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