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The Book of Accident

By Beckian Fritz Goldberg

Publication Year: 2006

In her latest collection of poems, The Book of Accident, Beckian Fritz Goldberg invites the reader into a shadowy atmosphere where her language prowls among strange images; hummingbirds become a "fistful of violet amphetamines" and desire gnaws away like a "live rat sewed up inside us." Reading The Book of Accident is like entering a graphic novel with missing panels, a noir world of queasy glints and feral adolescents, "a world where no one has to love you." Characters go by odd names: Torture Boy, Skin Girl, Lala Petite, Wolf Boy (his body "pale as the plucked end of light"). They are punk kids fending for themselves in an expressionistic version of those old stories "that began, Let's take the children out to the woods / and leave them." And on every page, there's Goldberg's hard-edged wit, with the speed and flash of a video game. These poems show mercy but give no ground. They make you feel heartbroken and frightened and exhilarated at the same time.

Published by: The University of Akron Press

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Title Page, Copyright Page

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Contents

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pp. vi-vii

one

Twentieth-Century Children

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p. 3

Darkroom

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p. 4

Twentieth-Century Children (2)

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p. 5

The New Boy-Wonders

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p. 6

At the Dream Birth

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p. 7

Dialogue: Memory and Forgetting

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p. 8

Nights in the Constellation of the Twin-Hearted Prisoner

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pp. 9-10

Forest-Body

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p. 11

Easy

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p. 12

Nights in the Preparation of a Journey

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pp. 13-14

A Thousand Words

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p. 15

Torture Boy at the Easter Confest, Repentance Creek

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pp. 16-17

How He Became Conservator of the Meadow

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p. 18

The White Hill

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pp. 19-20

Lightning-Wolf

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p. 21

Amnesia (1)

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p. 22

Amnesia (2)

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p. 23

two

Third Body

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p. 27

Skin Girl among the Roses

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pp. 28-29

Last Erotica

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pp. 30-32

Torture Boy’s Watch, Burn Boy’s Boat of Souls

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p. 33

Wolf in the Cradle

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p. 34

Twentieth-Century Children (3):Meditation on the Mother of Black Trees

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pp. 35-36

The Absolute

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p. 37

The Black Drop

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p. 38

Prologue, Epilogue

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p. 39

Body of the Hour

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p. 40

Again, Spring Speaks in a Dream

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p. 41

Twentieth-Century Children (4)

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p. 42

The Fourth Body

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p. 43

The Boys at the Grave of Poe

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pp. 44-45

Memoir of the Middle of the Book

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pp. 46-47

three

Annunciation

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pp. 51-52

The Life and Times of Skin Girl

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pp. 53-57

Souls

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p. 58

Lost Tribe

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p. 59

Burn Boy’s Celestial

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pp. 60-61

Torture Boy’s Cradle

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pp. 62-63

The Set Glistening

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pp. 64-66

Warning

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p. 67

Nights with the Star-Ladle over the House

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p. 68

four

Memory on the Shoulders of the Gaze

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p. 71

Warning (2)

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p. 72

The Torture and Burn Boys Entered the Video Arcade

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pp. 73-74

Twentieth-Century Children (5): Blood-Kissing

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p. 75

Forest-Body (2)

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p. 76

Nights in the Constellation of the Tree Stepping from Its Robe

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pp. 77-78

Hummingbird

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p. 79

Life Story

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p. 80

Summer Heats like the Needle in Its Chosen Skin

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pp. 81-82

Sudden Masters

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pp. 83-85

Relic

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p. 86

The Courtship at the End of the Book

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pp. 87-88

Skin Girl’s Tattoo

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p. 89

Washed in the River

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p. 90

Notes

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p. 93


E-ISBN-13: 9781937378011
E-ISBN-10: 1937378012
Print-ISBN-13: 9781931968355
Print-ISBN-10: 1931968357

Page Count: 92
Publication Year: 2006

OCLC Number: 607684119
MUSE Marc Record: Download for The Book of Accident

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