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Brief Landing on the Earth's Surface

Juanita Brunk

Publication Year: 2012

In Brief Landing on the Earth’s Surface, even the most ordinary moments are infused with an awareness of the lost past and a kind of prescience of the future. From one setting to another—Tidewater Virginia, rural Pennsylvania, Greece, New York City—these poems give voice to the human longing for permanence, home, and connection in the face of a constantly changing reality.
 

Published by: University of Wisconsin Press

Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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pp. vii-x

Part I

This World

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pp. 3-6

Part II

Anniversary

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pp. 9-

He Comes Home

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pp. 10-

Flood

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pp. 12-

Infidelity

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pp. 13-

After the Garden

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pp. 14-

In April

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pp. 15-16

Vale of Tears

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pp. 17-

Valentine

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pp. 18-20

Part III

Green Waters

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pp. 23-

Bleeding-Heart

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pp. 24-

On This Earth

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pp. 25-

Letter to Myself as a Child

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pp. 26-

Carrot

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pp. 27-

My Father's Tongue

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pp. 28-

All Sweet Things, Like Forgiveness, Are a Falling

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pp. 29-

Fortune

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pp. 30-

Where My Mother Cries

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pp. 31-32

Papaya: Lancaster County

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pp. 33-

Leaving Crete

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pp. 34-

At Thirty-Four

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pp. 35-36

Part IV

Mrs. Richard Plays a Starlight Waltz

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pp. 39-40

My Father Waits on the Banks of the Warwick River, 1939; My Mother Returns from a Picnic

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pp. 41-

At Hilltop Manor

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pp. 42-

Hear that Dog Barking? He Wants to Get into Your Poem

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pp. 43-

Living without You

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pp. 44-

The Ancient Emperor Mourns His Sugar Baby

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pp. 45-

Immaculate Conception, 1969

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pp. 46-

Cooking the Lobster

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pp. 47-

When You Woke Crying

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pp. 48-49

Heartbreak

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pp. 50-

I Used to Be Unbelievably Sexy

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pp. 51-52

Birthday Poem

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pp. 53-

Brief Landing on the Earth's Surface

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pp. 54-


E-ISBN-13: 9780299152031
Print-ISBN-13: 9780299152048

Page Count: 66
Publication Year: 2012

Series Title: Brittingham Prize in Poetry