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What We Did While We Made More Guns
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The poems in What We Did While We Made More Guns investigate the place where economic failure meets a widening acculturation of violence—a kind of Great Acceleration of soul extinction set in this spectacularly uneasy moment in American history. Cutting, comic, sorrowful, at times terrified, at times resolute, the poems tilt along the high cliff’s edge of identity anxiety and American moral uncertainty, where each of us plays our part in the business of dispossession or resistance.  Building themselves out of jazzed-up verbal velocities and wounded (in)sincerity, the poems counsel resilience against all forms of battery, mortal, spiritual, financial. They are pattern-makers in the dark. They talk back to God. They take into themselves what cannot be taken back: the news that forty-six million Americans have “slipped” below the poverty line; that guns discharge monstrously banal virility; that a black woman pulled over for a routine traffic violation dies by strangulation in her jail cell; that we buy and sell the myth of the American Dream as though our lives depended on it.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. What Those Who Qualify Receive
  1. Property
  2. p. 3
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  1. Elegy for a First Husband, Cause of Death Unknown
  2. pp. 4-7
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  1. What Those Who Qualify Receive
  2. p. 8
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  1. Penny Impromptu
  2. pp. 9-11
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  1. National Public Radio
  2. p. 12
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  1. L.A.P.D.
  2. pp. 13-14
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  1. What We Did While We Made More Guns
  2. pp. 15-16
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  1. Word as Early Diagnosis
  2. p. 17
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  1. Girl
  2. pp. 18-20
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  1. Fixx/Plot
  2. p. 21
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  1. The Inside World
  2. pp. 22-25
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  1. Cleaning Padihershef, Who Worked in the Necropolis of Thebes
  2. p. 26
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  1. Skinned Aces
  1. Post-Soviet Garden, Kaliningrad
  2. pp. 29-30
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  1. “Income Gap Widens as Jobs Increase”
  2. pp. 31-32
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  1. What I Worry about at Night Is Not What I Worry about in the Morning
  2. pp. 33-34
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  1. Pension
  2. pp. 35-37
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  1. Election Noir
  2. p. 38
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  1. Poem for the Moment Before Bad News
  2. p. 39
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  1. Poem for My Father
  2. pp. 40-42
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  1. Skinned Aces
  2. p. 43
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  1. Little Shits
  2. pp. 44-45
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  1. Welles after Kane
  2. p. 46
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  1. The Old Soul
  2. pp. 47-48
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  1. No, No—I’m Happy for You
  2. pp. 49-50
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  1. Skin and Bones
  1. Skin
  2. pp. 53-61
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  1. Bones
  2. pp. 62-68
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  1. Pension Cut
  1. Tenderness
  2. p. 71
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  1. Pleasure
  2. pp. 72-73
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  1. Tongue Stud
  2. pp. 74-76
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  1. Privacy (Admit One)
  2. pp. 77-78
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  1. Parents
  2. p. 79
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  1. Easter Rag
  2. p. 80
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  1. The New Vice President
  2. p. 81
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  1. August Explanation, Presidential Campaign, 2016
  2. pp. 82-83
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  1. Pension Cut
  2. pp. 84-85
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  1. To One Who Is Forgotten
  2. p. 86
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  1. Still
  2. p. 87
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  1. Saint Yes & No
  2. pp. 88-90
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  1. Are You Here
  2. pp. 91-92
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  1. Face
  2. pp. 93-94
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 95-96
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. 97
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