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Nearly every poem in How We Spent Our Time flies at its mast a title in the form of a gerund or gerund phrase, that humble verbal noun. The book's table of contents, therefore, reads like an equally humble enumeration of the ways a human lifetime can be paid out, so to speak: looking, getting, owning, learning. We all do them all. And yet there is exceptional artistry in the testimonials these doings make witness to. The arrangement of the poems within the text is part of it. Note how "keeping" immediately precedes "spending," in the poems "Keeping It Together" and "Spending the Night"; these poems are conversational but endlessly skilful in the ways they keep the language vivid and fresh and surprising. How We Spent Our Time is flush with pangs and satisfactions, abundant with wisdom and delight.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. TItle page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Departing, Arriving . . .
  2. pp. 3-4
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  1. Looking for Work
  2. pp. 5-6
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  1. Getting and Spending
  2. pp. 7-8
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  1. Letting Things Slide
  2. pp. 9-10
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  1. Dreaming of Journeys
  2. pp. 11-12
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  1. Becoming American
  2. pp. 13-15
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  1. Going to England
  2. pp. 16-17
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  1. Taking Pictures
  2. p. 18
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  1. Writing to the Past
  2. p. 19
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  1. Talking to Strangers
  2. pp. 20-21
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  1. Living Somewhere Else
  2. pp. 22-23
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  1. Sleeping for a Year
  2. pp. 24-25
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  1. Making a Living
  2. pp. 26-28
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  1. Owning Things
  2. pp. 29-30
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  1. Making Lists
  2. pp. 31-33
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  1. Taking Shelter
  2. pp. 34-35
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  1. Coming Home
  2. pp. 36-37
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  1. Learning Your Lesson
  2. p. 38
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  1. Reclaiming the House
  2. pp. 39-40
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  1. Driving North
  2. pp. 41-42
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  1. Keeping It Together
  2. pp. 43-44
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  1. Spending the Night
  2. pp. 45-51
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  1. Learning to Draw
  2. pp. 52-53
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  1. Killing Time
  2. pp. 54-55
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  1. Calling Up the Pain
  2. pp. 56-57
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  1. Taking the Old Road
  2. pp. 58-59
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  1. Moon Driving
  2. pp. 60-61
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  1. Disappearing
  2. p. 62
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  1. Remaking Yourself
  2. p. 63
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  1. Missing It
  2. pp. 64-65
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  1. Killing Flies in Georgia
  2. pp. 66-72
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  1. Listening to a Russian Choir
  2. pp. 73-76
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  1. Getting Out of the Army
  2. pp. 77-78
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  1. Camping with Ecclesiastes
  2. pp. 79-81
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  1. Travelling One Way
  2. pp. 82-84
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  1. About the Author
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781935603887
Related ISBN
9781931968287
MARC Record
OCLC
794701472
Pages
72
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-11
Language
English
Open Access
No
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