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Violin Playing Herself in a Mirror
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With rhetorical estrangements that recall John Ashbery, and rhythms and ambitions that recall Wallace Stevens and Walt Whitman, the voice in these poems is nonetheless distinct, aware that its own time is finite—“a minor catarrh / after which the throat clears and it’s nighttime again”—but striving with each movement for the sublime. The poems challenge our identities, our thoughts, and our quarrels with each other as they dart back and forth between interior spaces and real human relationships.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. I
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. Day on which One Cycle Ends and One Begins
  2. p. 3
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  1. Recent Apparitions of Saturn
  2. p. 4
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  1. The Importance of Consistency in Discipline
  2. p. 5
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  1. The Couple in the Starry Night over the Rhone
  2. p. 6
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  1. Najdorf Variations
  2. p. 7
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  1. Modern Greek and Cypriot Songs
  2. pp. 8-10
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  1. Dementia Praecox
  2. p. 11
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  1. Pressing the Advantage, Unaware of what it Was
  2. p. 12
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  1. Now I am Ready to Troll the Big Lake
  2. pp. 13-14
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  1. II
  2. pp. 15-16
  1. Eastern Queens
  2. p. 17
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  1. Kimberly Wall
  2. p. 18
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  1. Five Narcissi Zeta-Tazetta
  2. pp. 19-20
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  1. The Gelding
  2. p. 21
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  1. Repressed Longing
  2. p. 22
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  1. A Thing on a Wall
  2. p. 23
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  1. Violin Playing Herself in a Mirror
  2. p. 24
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  1. Cycle of a Scythe through a Field
  2. p. 25
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  1. Half a Rondo
  2. p. 26
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  1. The Equestrian Team
  2. pp. 27-28
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  1. The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Under the Direction of Sir Neville Marriner
  2. pp. 29-30
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  1. III
  2. pp. 31-32
  1. Pithy Reflections of Common Machines
  2. p. 33
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  1. Two Lungs
  2. p. 34
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  1. A Russian Dance and Eastern Intermezzo
  2. p. 35
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  1. Gressorial Waltz
  2. p. 36
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  1. Blue Kite
  2. p. 37
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  1. At the Day
  2. p. 38
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  1. Scene with Sheet Lightning
  2. p. 39
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  1. Blues for Norma
  2. p. 40
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  1. Coffee with the Flavor of a Ground Cigar
  2. p. 41
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  1. The Shell and the Crane
  2. p. 42
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  1. Noble Rider
  2. p. 43
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  1. Back and Forth between the Map and Living
  2. p. 44
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  1. IV
  2. p. 45
  1. Stand Again before your Marble Body
  2. p. 46
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  1. Curves and Intimations of a Great Disease
  2. pp. 47-48
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  1. Meaning in other Words
  2. p. 49
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  1. Under the Tree
  2. p. 50
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  1. Emotion Recollected in Bitter Reflection
  2. p. 51
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  1. Godheads I Left on My Lawn
  2. p. 52
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  1. Fête
  2. p. 53
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  1. Northern Flicker
  2. p. 54
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  1. Walking through a Real Big Garden
  2. p. 55
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  1. The Human Career
  2. p. 56
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  1. About the Series, Back Cover
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