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"Let no lip, shoulder, hip, go untasted tonight. Let no one be unscathed. And as you close the door & fold yourself in sleep against another look for a moment at the empty stretch of dark between heaven & earth: someone is missing from the world . . . " The Body Distances is filled with long, limber, nimble poems at once ecstatic and elegiac. These poems are odes to the miraculous embedded in the everyday, in which “the unlikely continues / to dovetail with the present.”

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Praise, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. viii-x
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  1. I. Andante
  1. The Body Distances II (Still Life with Everything in the World)
  2. pp. 3-4
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  1. Goat Hour Gospel (Such Salvage)
  2. pp. 5-6
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  1. Midwest Blues Leave Me Shining
  2. pp. 7-8
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  1. The Nameless City
  2. pp. 9-10
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  1. The Big Secret
  2. p. 11
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  1. Processional
  2. p. 12
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  1. Migrations
  2. pp. 13-14
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  1. A Geisha Looks Beyond (Self-Portrait in Brushstrokes)
  2. pp. 15-16
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  1. Insomnia: Triptych
  2. pp. 17-18
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  1. Blue Arabesque
  2. pp. 19-20
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  1. Speak, Again
  2. p. 21
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  1. Black Gondolas
  2. pp. 22-23
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  1. October Sketch (Cirque du Nada)
  2. p. 24
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  1. Riddle
  2. p. 25
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  1. A Cairn of Fine Bones: A Plea
  2. pp. 26-28
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  1. II. Scherzo: Love Songs & Resurrections
  1. Exit Plan
  2. p. 31
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  1. Thistle Envy (Sort of a Love Poem)
  2. pp. 32-33
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  1. Superman’s Love Letter to Kryptonite
  2. p. 34
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  1. Three Mornings:
  1. 1. Aubade with French Horn
  2. p. 35
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  1. 2. Aubade with Three Dreams (Self-Portrait with Ghost Bride)
  2. pp. 36-37
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  1. 3. Aubade Macabre (Theme from Goethe)
  2. p. 38
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  1. Midday Constellations
  2. pp. 39-40
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  1. For Whom the Resurrection is the Full Moon Rising
  2. pp. 41-42
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  1. Small Graces
  2. pp. 43-44
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  1. III. Purgatorio
  1. Purgatorio
  2. pp. 47-48
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  1. Elegy I Pray is not an Elegy (The Wound)
  2. p. 49
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  1. Noir Nocturne (Small Town Impromptu)
  2. p. 50
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  1. That the Unified Field Theory Must Somehow Include Donald Trump’s Hair
  2. pp. 51-52
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  1. Abel, Almost Asleep in the Field
  2. p. 53
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  1. Questions after a Mass Grave is Found outside Srebrenica
  2. pp. 54-55
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  1. The Oddsmaker (The Little Book of Fate)
  2. p. 56
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  1. Last Sketch
  2. p. 57
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  1. Broken Sonnets: Elegy & Near-Elegies
  2. pp. 58-60
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  1. Ghost Hour Gospel
  2. pp. 61-62
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  1. A Gospel of Hands & Breath
  2. pp. 63-64
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  1. IV. Finale
  1. Cinders
  2. pp. 67-68
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  1. A Brief Report on Cosmology, Fate & Human Frailty
  2. pp. 69-70
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  1. A Midwest Suite:
  1. 1. Midwest Nocturne (The Little Book of Our Leaving)
  2. pp. 71-72
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  1. 2. Shake & Bake Blues (Midwest Blues II)
  2. pp. 73-75
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  1. 3. A Phone Line to Seven Generations
  2. pp. 76-77
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  1. 4. Midwest Impromptu (Midwest Blues III)
  2. pp. 78-79
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  1. Shoe Logic
  2. pp. 80-81
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  1. Three Songs from the Book of Nocturnes:
  1. I. Nocturne with Ghost Violin (Song that is no Song)
  2. pp. 82-83
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  1. II. Little Song
  2. p. 84
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  1. III. Nocturne with French Horn
  2. p. 85
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  1. Kyrie: Broken Sonnet with Coming Years
  2. p. 86
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  1. In Another Life / Marie Curie Steps Forward from the Shades
  2. pp. 87-88
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  1. Glean (Stubborn Ode)
  2. p. 89
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  1. Freefall (The Body Distances I)
  2. pp. 90-92
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 93-97
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781613764541
Print ISBN
9781625342201
MARC Record
OCLC
963638345
Pages
96
Launched on MUSE
2016-11-24
Language
English
Open Access
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