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Barter

Poems

IraSadoff

Publication Year: 2003

Ira Sadoffs new volume of poems opens with a quotation from Rilke: But because truly being here is so much; because everything here / apparently needs us, the fleeting world, which in some strange way / keeps calling us. . . .? The poetry collected here is a response to this call. _x000B_Rooted firmly in the fleeting world,? Sadoffs poems find epiphanies of meaning in unexpected and even unpleasant experiences and emotions. The poems in Barter delve deeply into the past, the personal past of regret, travel, love, divorce, and bereavement, as well as the global past of Beethoven, Vietnam, and the fall of communism. Each poem is offered up by Sadoff as a barter, something to be traded for a little more time, a little more understanding._x000B_The poems in Barter comment on the power of culture to interject itself into our desire for an idealized self, the way our inner and outer lives lack correspondence, harmony, and integration. They also talk about commerce, the trading of bodies, the way we as a nation use? and exchange and appropriate -- and like Tolstoys Ivan Ilyich, try to bargain with and evade the urgency of our time on earth._x000B_In the poem Self-Portrait with a Critic,? Sadoff makes what could be a succinct statement of purpose: And inside, lets not make it pretty, / lets save the off-rhyme and onomatopoeia / / for the concert hall, lets go to the wormy place / where the problematic stirs inside his head.?_x000B_

Published by: University of Illinois Press

Cover

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pp. 1-3

Title Page

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 6-9

Earlier versions of some of these poems have appeared in the following

Contents

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pp. ix-11

Part 1

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pp. 1-13

The Soul

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pp. 3-4

Self-Portrait with Critic

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pp. 5-6

Did You Ever Get a Phone Call

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pp. 7-18

In the Old Days

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pp. 8-9

Nature

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pp. 10-11

Interim Report

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pp. 12-23

Kindertotenlieder

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pp. 13-14

Mahler

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pp. 15-16

In the Jewish Mystical Tradition

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pp. 17-18

Like Angels

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pp. 19-20

Fox Crossing a Field

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pp. 21-32

Nefarious

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pp. 22-23

Whatever It Is

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pp. 24-25

The Lethal Traumas

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pp. 26-27

Where We Lie Down in Heaven

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pp. 28-29

Long Island

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pp. 30-31

The Bangbus

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pp. 32-33

An Uplifting Story

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pp. 34-35

In the Emerald Isle

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pp. 36-47

Part 2

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pp. 37-49

A Brief History of the Century

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pp. 39-40

What Kind of Man

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pp. 41-42

In Siena

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pp. 43-44

Jazz

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pp. 45-46

Back Then

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pp. 47-58

At the Frick

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pp. 48-49

At the Creek Club

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pp. 50-51

The Cold War

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pp. 52-53

The New Russia

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pp. 54-55

Iran/Iraq

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pp. 56-67

My Country

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pp. 57-58

The Ex-Husband

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pp. 59-70

Scenario

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pp. 60-71

Song

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pp. 61-72

I’ve Always Despised the Wetlands

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pp. 62-63

Honeymoon in Florence

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pp. 64-65

The Brightness

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pp. 66-77

Material

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pp. 67-69

I Forget Who Compared the Soul

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pp. 70-71


E-ISBN-13: 9780252092336
Print-ISBN-13: 9780252071201

Page Count: 88
Publication Year: 2003

Series Title: Illinois Poetry Series