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Interloper
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In the United States, where much of the daily discourse appears to be reduced to matters of dollars and cents, the poet is an interloper who traffics where he doesn’t belong. L. S. Klatt is vividly aware of this phenomenon. For him, words are musical and versatile, more about play than utility, and he seeks to dislocate language, to freelance and maneuver, to alter common sense on the way to new sense. The poems in Interloper unsettle frontiers between disparate worlds so that the imagination is given room to roam: pears become guitars, racks of ribs are presented as steamboats, and helicopters transmute into diesel seraphs. The poetry aspires acrobatically in the manner of prayers and pilots, but adventure throughout the book is viewed as precarious and the will to conquest leads to apocalypse and ruin. The interloper wanders through crime scenes and crash sites as he glosses the landscape—at home and not at home with the America of yesterday and tomorrow. In symbols that scat and ricochet, the interloper scores a new song, one that composes—and decomposes—on the page.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
  2. p. iii
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  1. Copyright Page
  2. p. iv
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  1. Dedication
  2. p. v
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. vii
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  1. Author Note
  2. p. viii
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. ix-xi
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  1. Provincetown
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  1. Song Of The Harpooneer
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  1. Lines Composed On An Open Space
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  1. Ichthyosaur
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  1. Fetus In Orbit
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  1. Arrhythmia
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  1. Test Pilots Among The Haymakers
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  1. To Walt Whitman In Winter
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  1. Chicago
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  1. Cincinnati
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  1. Smithereens
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  1. Apotheosis In Bluegrass
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  1. Blunders
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  1. American Adam
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  1. Lines Over Seattle
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  1. International Orange
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  1. Ah, Propeller!
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  1. Radiography
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  1. The Butcher's Map
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  1. Song Of The Conservationist
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  1. Left Side Of The Lepidopterist
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  1. Oriflamme In Meadow
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  1. Landscape With Crack
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  1. Eighth Man
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  1. Cruisers
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  1. Body : Rhapsody
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  1. Rhapsody In Grackle
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  1. The Beet As A Bloody Tenet
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  1. The Pear As A Guitar
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  1. Magnolia
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  1. Wandering Of Light
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  1. Drive-By
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  1. Fugitive Movements Of The Postlapsarians
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  1. Harlem
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  1. Blight
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  1. The Reformatory
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  1. The Yam As Ring-Necked Pheasant
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  1. Lines Composed On An Amos Doolittle Print
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  1. Siren In Middle Age
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  1. Scarlet
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  1. The Liquid Astronomer
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  1. Monopoly
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  1. I Swallowed A Deck Of Cards
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  1. 'Til God Shall Send His Missing Part
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  1. Reliquary
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  1. Apograph With Lacunae
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  1. Afield
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  1. Little Puffer's Phrasebook
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  1. Eyespot
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  1. The Ominous Cross
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  1. Figment For Harp
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  1. Asides To My Surgeon
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  1. Tripartite
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  1. The Pear As A Crisis
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  1. What I Surmise Of Apocalypse
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  1. The Rainmaker
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  1. Notes To Yourself On Your 40Th
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  1. The Leek As Bazooka
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  1. Nebuchadnezzar & The Paparazzi
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  1. On A Stick Of Butter In July
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  1. On The Excision Of Man
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  1. On The Excision Of C From Ad
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  1. The Numbers
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  1. Chargers
  2. p. 64
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  1. Vehicle Disabled
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  1. Island Of The Integers
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  1. Ninety-Nine Escaping North Dakota
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  1. Apocryphal Animals Of The Bible
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  1. Peripatetic
  2. p. 69
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  1. Song Of The Gray Aviator
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  1. Fowling-Piece
  2. p. 71
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  1. Descent On Walden
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  1. Song Of The Forester
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  1. The Nomenclators
  2. p. 74
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  1. The Persecutors
  2. p. 75
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  1. The Somnambulist
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  1. Nativity
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  1. Back Cover
  2. pp. 97-97
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