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Map of the Folded World
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Map of the Folded World, John Gallaher's third full-length collection, examines the eros and desperation of suburban America with the precision of a cartographer's eye. But as its title suggests, it does so according to the polar opposite of convention. More concerned with subtext than narrative, often childlike in tone and propelled by the logic of innocence, Gallaher's poems don't shy away from a bottom-line sensibility: “If you can just run fast enough,” one poem offers, “no one will ever die. // Do you remember that? / And are you better now?” This is a book filled with swimming pools and bridges, houses and families, the ordinary places, objects, and people that connect us. However, these same things are often misunderstood when it comes to their capacity for danger. As Gallaher observes, “It doesn't really matter...what / you're drowning in, / once you realize you're drowning.” Map of the Folded World brings us back to a territory that we never knew we had discovered, as it attempts to locate an ever-shifting present on an ever-changing field.

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. one
  2. p. 1
  1. Watermelon in the Afternoon
  2. p. 3
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  1. Earth-tone Anecdote
  2. pp. 4-5
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  1. The Danger in Plans
  2. p. 6
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  1. The Way We Live Now
  2. p. 7
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  1. What We’re Up Against
  2. pp. 8-9
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  1. On the Map of the Folded World
  2. p. 10
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  1. Keys to Successful Disappearing
  2. p. 11
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  1. When One Has Lived Too Long Among Other People
  2. pp. 12-13
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  1. The Rejected House
  2. pp. 14-15
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  1. Apostrophe to the Dead
  2. p. 16
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  1. Disguised Afternoon
  2. p. 17
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  1. This in Which Guidebook
  2. pp. 18-19
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  1. It’s Any Move. It’s That People Are Places.
  2. p. 20
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  1. What & Who & Where & What
  2. p. 21
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  1. Fetish for the World Without Memory
  2. p. 22
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  1. Poem for the End of January
  2. p. 23
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  1. two
  2. p. 25
  1. Anecdote of the Disappearances
  2. p. 27
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  1. American Rivers
  2. pp. 28-29
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  1. Minneapolis Is a Fine City
  2. pp. 30-31
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  1. Close, or Somewhat Close
  2. pp. 32-33
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  1. & All Things Repeatingly
  2. p. 34
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  1. Anecdote of the Little Houses
  2. p. 35
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  1. More Versions of It’s Real If You Say It Is
  2. pp. 36-37
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  1. Caution to the Wind
  2. pp. 38-39
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  1. With the Sunset Machine
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  1. For All Things Going Eventually
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  1. Girl Playing with Toy Soldiers
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  1. Your Golden Ticket
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  1. Pardon Me for Asking
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  1. Public Afternoon
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  1. The Street
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  1. Work for Killing Time
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  1. three
  2. p. 49
  1. I Believe It Merely Strikes You As If You Know It
  2. p. 51
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  1. The Disease of Clocks
  2. p. 52
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  1. The Glitter Caught You
  2. p. 53
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  1. Three Panels in Praise of Damage Control
  2. pp. 54-55
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  1. Reacting Calmly & Quickly
  2. pp. 56-57
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  1. In the Class of All Classes That Are Not Members of Themselves
  2. p. 58
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  1. Duly Noted
  2. p. 59
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  1. I Will Sing the Monster to Sleep, & He Will Need Me
  2. pp. 60-61
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  1. Harmony in Tone & Color
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  1. A Guess Is Spiritual Then, & Will Try to Help You
  2. p. 63
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  1. The Universe Is Incapable of Disappearance
  2. pp. 64-65
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  1. Fetish of the Former Life
  2. pp. 66-67
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  1. In the Direction of X. In the City of Zero.
  2. p. 68
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  1. Tonight’s the Night
  2. p. 69
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  1. Hit Me with Your Pillow. Knock Me Over with Your Feather.
  2. p. 70
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  1. & Generally the Future Is Uncertain
  2. p. 71
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  1. Little Eden of the Apocalypse
  2. p. 72
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  1. You Can’t Say No to the Weather
  2. p. 73
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  1. Acknowledgments [Includes List of other works in series and About the Author]
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