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Spring

Oni Buchanan

Publication Year: 2008

Representing nothing less than a tour-de-force of formal invention and emotional intensity, Oni Buchanans Spring encompasses radically contrasting work. Ecstatic, visually intricate rhapsodies are juxtaposed with tight, sonnet-like poems, and wispy columns of verse brush up against large-scale epics and kinetic text. This collections point of departure is the paradox of existence as an individual in a political and violent world. All of the formal innovations in this book have in common an urgent need for texture and polyphony, and the poems attempt to discover how to fulfill the individual human responsibility of surviving as a resiliently loving and hopeful living creature. An accompanying multimedia compact disc offers a full Flash-animated version of the printed kinetic work, The Mandrake Vehicles.?

Published by: University of Illinois Press

Title Page

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Acknowledgments

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pp. vii-

Enormous thanks to Mark Doty, the National Poetry Series, and everyone at the University of Illinois Press for making this book possible, with unfathomable gratitude to the following private sponsors of this book, whose extraordinary contributions made possible the inclusion of the...

The Smallest Plant

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pp. xii-

I

The Floor-Creatures Begin

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pp. 3-4

Song Cycle

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pp. 5-6

Amaryllis

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pp. 7-

The Sleepers

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pp. 8-9

Vespers

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pp. 10-

And on the Seventh Day

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pp. 11-12

(A) Version

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pp. 13-

A Palimpsest of the Tasks

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pp. 14-15

Still-Life with Interior

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pp. 16-

And of the Words Afterwards

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pp. 17-

II

Envelopes of Sky

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pp. 21-22

Like a Near Fold

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pp. 23-24

Sublimation Attempt

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pp. 25-26

Solstice

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pp. 27-

Where Are They Now, Unwilling Friends

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pp. 28-29

The Word

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pp. 30-31

Or Portals to Another World

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pp. 32-42

III

The Lonely Animal

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pp. 45-46

Dear Lonely Animal [Please share my Korean food with me]

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pp. 47-48

Dear Lonely Animal [Last night I wanted nachos again]

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pp. 49-51

Dear Lonely Animal [I miss you. The other animals]

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pp. 52-53

Dear Lonely Animal [Let’s have a collection competition]

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pp. 54-56

Dear Lonely Animal [Sometimes I could just]

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pp. 57-59

Dear Lonely Animal [I’m writing to you from the loneliest, most]

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pp. 60-61

IV

Text Message

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pp. 65-66

The Practice

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pp. 67-68

That’s Enough, Mr. Butterfly

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pp. 69-70

The Return

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pp. 71-72

A Hood Is Like an Ancient Chalice

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pp. 73-74

Maroon Canoe

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pp. 75-76

Today Mr. Rufo

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pp. 77-

The Bells

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pp. 78-79

Spring

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pp. 80-81

V. The Mandrake Vehicles

Note on the Mandrake Form

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pp. 85-87

[Mandrake Vehicle 1]

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pp. 88-94

[Mandrake Vehicle 2]

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pp. 95-101

[Mandrake Vehicle 3]

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pp. 102-108

About the Author

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pp. 109-


E-ISBN-13: 9780252090684
Print-ISBN-13: 9780252033643

Page Count: 128
Publication Year: 2008

Series Title: National Poetry Series