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The Infirmary
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Winner of the 2008 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize

“[Edward Micus’s The Infirmary is] a rarity: a mature debut, a first book of poems with time-tested virtues. . . . Unlike many of the Vietnam poems written at the time of the war or shortly thereafter—poems of anger or protest—Edward Micus’s poems are composed, in every sense of that word. They delineate and measure their subjects; they do not advocate or hector; they do not sentimentalize. Many of them, like ‘Ambush Moon’ and ‘So We Shot,’ will take their places among the very best war poems. . . . The Infirmary is a book that keeps deepening its concerns. For all its early charm, it pretties up nothing. Yet it’s not without humor, and its prose interludes are written with the same care that the poems themselves exhibit.”
—from the foreword by Stephen Dunn,
Judge of the 2008 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vi-vii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. viii-ix
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. x-xi
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  1. I: Just Visiting
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. Crows
  2. pp. 3-3
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  1. Norton
  2. pp. 4-4
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  1. YMCA
  2. pp. 5-5
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  1. Re-runs
  2. pp. 6-6
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  1. Industry, Iowa
  2. pp. 7-7
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  1. Making of the Scrotum
  2. pp. 8-8
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  1. Danny's Bar
  2. pp. 9-9
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  1. Minnesota: March
  2. pp. 10-10
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  1. Chickpeas
  2. pp. 11-11
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  1. Riddle
  2. pp. 12-12
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  1. Photograph: Boy in a Suit, Sixth Grade
  2. pp. 13-13
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  1. Klossner, Minnesota
  2. pp. 14-14
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  1. With Ana at Minneopa Falls
  2. pp. 15-15
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  1. Boy, Waiting for a School Bus
  2. pp. 16-16
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  1. Smiley's Corner Bar
  2. pp. 17-17
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  1. Notions
  2. pp. 18-18
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  1. Arm Wrestling
  2. pp. 19-19
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  1. To Steve, After Reading The Pyramids of Malpighi
  2. pp. 20-20
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  1. Part II: Waiting Room
  2. pp. 21-22
  1. Out of Bien Hoa
  2. pp. 23-23
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  1. Robertson
  2. pp. 24-24
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  1. Field South of Hector , Minnesota
  2. pp. 25-25
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  1. Sticks
  2. pp. 26-26
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  1. Woman at the Wall
  2. pp. 27-27
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  1. Devil's Island, French Guana
  2. pp. 28-28
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  1. Sin City, A n Khe
  2. pp. 29-29
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  1. Girl in Napalm
  2. pp. 30-30
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  1. Mission out of Spinazzola
  2. pp. 31-31
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  1. Trash Receptacle Voice, Kentucky Fried Chicken, 403 South Broad, Mankato, MN
  2. pp. 32-32
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  1. Fob
  2. pp. 33-33
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  1. Firebase Red
  2. pp. 34-34
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  1. Part III: Ward 3A
  2. pp. 35-36
  1. Group Home Van
  2. pp. 37-37
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  1. Mastectomy
  2. pp. 38-39
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  1. Me and McCarv
  2. pp. 40-40
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  1. Schizophrenic
  2. pp. 41-41
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  1. Nurse
  2. pp. 42-43
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  1. 612 A
  2. pp. 44-44
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  1. Visit
  2. pp. 45-45
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  1. In a Room Somewhere in the North of Nicaragua
  2. pp. 46-46
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  1. Insomniac
  2. pp. 47-48
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  1. Part IV: Lower Level Morgue
  2. pp. 49-50
  1. M-16 Round
  2. pp. 51-51
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  1. Knuckle
  2. pp. 52-52
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  1. Ambush Moon
  2. pp. 53-53
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  1. Picture Story: Auschwitz
  2. pp. 54-54
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  1. Canopy
  2. pp. 55-55
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  1. Regret to Inform
  2. pp. 56-56
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  1. Not Right
  2. pp. 57-58
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  1. Scatter His Ash
  2. pp. 59-59
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  1. Boy in a Rice Paddy, Head Shot
  2. pp. 60-60
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  1. So We Shot
  2. pp. 61-61
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  1. Wake
  2. pp. 62-62
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  1. Back Cover
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