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Merging the spirits of Don Quixote, Shakespearean fools, Theodore Roethke, Frank O’Hara, James Merrill, and the Marx Brothers, Zach Savich’s first book does more than showcase the innovative fluency of its roving forms and moods: these poetic hybrids are not hothouse blossoms but minotaurs. With ebullient intelligence and high-stakes insistence on the panic, lust, and suffering of the sensual world, Full Catastrophe Living uses the self as an instrument to investigate art, love, and the hardest honesty.

In meditations, songs, slapstick sequences, sonnets, narratives, and tightly carved fragments, Savich explores the conflicts between romance and reality, between inventing a new world and staying true to this one. Relishing both traditional and experimental poetics, he takes refreshing, ecumenical risks to show the “strange grace / of bells that ring with a rag’s polishing.” Like a Fourth of July band conductor guiding planes to land, his poetic wit alters what’s real. This book will change the ways that readers think about poetry, language’s expressive capacity, and the robust world around us.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Movie
  2. p. 1
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  1. Storefront
  2. p. 2
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  1. Pew
  2. p. 3
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  1. Don Quixote
  2. pp. 4-7
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  1. Lessons for a Slow Child
  2. p. 8
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  1. Free-Hand Bandage
  2. p. 9
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  1. Reconsidered Vitamins
  2. p. 10
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  1. Serenade
  2. p. 11
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  1. Outside Santa Maria in Trastevere
  2. p. 12
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  1. Coda to Lessons for a Slow Child
  2. p. 13
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  1. Hotel
  2. p. 14
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  1. Real Estate
  2. p. 15
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  1. Grove
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  1. November Morning
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  1. “The Love of Simplicity Is the Love of Death”
  2. p. 18
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  1. Countryside
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  1. Fool
  2. pp. 20-24
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  1. Federal Case
  2. p. 25
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  1. Winter Orange
  2. p. 26
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  1. For You to Find You Love Me, and Tell Me So
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  1. Crow Adoration
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  1. View from Above and Below
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  1. Crave
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  1. Animal
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  1. The Perfect Conditions
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  1. Then . . .
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  1. Sidewalk Sale
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  1. Black Walnut Adoration
  2. p. 35
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  1. Fool
  2. pp. 36-42
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  1. On a Pose of Virgil’s
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  1. Poem for My Wife If We Are Married
  2. pp. 44-48
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  1. On Piety
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  1. Of Conveniences
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  1. Curtain Light
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  1. Ohio
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  1. Psychic Break
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  1. See Through
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  1. Why Lie
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  1. A Dedication
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  1. Notes
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781587298462
Related ISBN
9781587297984
MARC Record
OCLC
794701532
Pages
72
Launched on MUSE
2012-02-08
Language
English
Open Access
No
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