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Jagged with Love

Susanna Childress

Publication Year: 2012

Susanna Childress writes with an earnest desire to understand things physical and things spiritual. What results is a first collection of provocative, honest poetry that explores various human predicaments: a cancer-ridden wife, an explosive father, an infertile couple, various sexual aggressors, a missing girl. Such careful portraiture provokes the reader to consider the complexity of human love: how selfishness, fear, lust and even brutality might coincide with tenderness and loyalty. Ms. Childress's writing is refreshingly naive and clear, her voice essentially inquisitive. She is brave enough to look at the darkness of the world, but she is more courageous to hope.

Published by: University of Wisconsin Press

Title Page, Copyright Page

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Contents

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pp. vii-viii

Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

I. Just Wanted To Show You A Picture of Myself

This Day Is in Love with Me

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p. 3-3

Aquarium

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p. 4-4

Nude Self-Portrait

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p. 5-5

Expiation

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pp. 6-7

Lost in the Cant

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p. 8-8

Krash

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p. 9-9

Prose, I Say, Plasma

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p. 10-10

Inside a Thin Egg

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pp. 11-12

Bucketful of Radiant Toys

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p. 13-13

Supernova Love Shah

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p. 14-14

Sprezzatura

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pp. 15-16

I Inspect My Face

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p. 17-17

Negligee, Negligent, Negligence

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p. 18-18

Just Wanted to Show You a Picture of Myself

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pp. 19-20

II. Jagged With Love

It's the First Thing

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p. 23-23

My Father, Naked at 28

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p. 24-24

Old Country Woman

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p. 25-25

He Talks Again of California

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p. 26-26

Jagged with Love

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pp. 27-28

Out Smarting

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pp. 29-30

Last April

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pp. 31-33

Christmas, 2000

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pp. 34-35

Love's Balsa Wood Triceratops

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p. 36-36

Kulibongbong for Lydia

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pp. 37-38

III. A Rush of Bees

In Indiana

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p. 41-41

Like the Nudes of Lucian Freud

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pp. 42-43

Daughter in the Waiting Room

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p. 44-44

A Rush of Bees

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pp. 45-46

The Surgery

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pp. 47-48

Sneaking Up on a Wildness

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pp. 49-50

My Husband Giving Me a Bath

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pp. 51-52

On Learning the Percentage of Non-Professional Head and Neck Massages Which Do Not Lead to Sexual Intercourse

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pp. 53-54

Santo Domingo Full of Song

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p. 55-55

First Child, in the Womb

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p. 56-56

Every Dance with Caroline

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pp. 57-58

God Is the Dream

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pp. 59-62

IV. House of Bread

To Prayer

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pp. 65-66

Across the World a Man Is Lifting His Gun

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p. 67-67

Muchas Gracias, My Love

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pp. 68-69

Boca Chica, Playa de Republica Dominicana

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p. 70-70

This Is Just a Suggestion

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p. 71-71

Unearthing

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pp. 72-76

For the Man from Peru

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p. 77-77

To Jill Behrman, November 2000

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pp. 78-79

To Jill Behrman, March 2003

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pp. 80-81

We Take the Sky

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pp. 82-83

After The Virgin of Vladimir, 12th c., Anon.

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pp. 84-90

Further Reading

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E-ISBN-13: 9780299212636
Print-ISBN-13: 9780299212643

Page Count: 80
Publication Year: 2012

Series Title: The Brittingham Prize in Poetry

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