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Devils & Islands

Poems

Turner Cassity

Publication Year: 2007

As he approaches eighty, Turner Cassity may finally be out of control. His hatchet has never fallen more lethally, meaning if you have the stomach for him he is more enjoyable than ever. Under the blade come Martha Graham, Johann Sebastian Bach, musicologists, tree huggers, Frank Gehry, folk music, folk art of all times and all places, folk. . . . There are, however, his unpredictable sympathies: Edith Wilson, skyscrapers, Pontius Pilate, Pilate’s legionnaires. He obviously has a soft spot for Pop Culture, although he cannot avoid seeing it de haut en bas.

As usual, he is all over the place geographically. One feels he would slash his wrists before he would write a poem about any city on the traditional Grand Tour. Manaus, Campeche, Trieste, Budapest (as destroyed by Godzilla)—these are his places. He has a disturbing willingness to write on both sides of an issue, resembling in this Bernard Shaw. You have to read very carefully to see whether he tips his hand.

One looks forward to Mr. Cassity’s posthumous poems, when he is beyond the reach of libel. For now, at least, we have Devils & Islands.

Published by: Ohio University Press

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Contents

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pp. vii-viii

Fantasia on Dummy Keys

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pp. 1-

Before Clocks Were Digital

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pp. 2-

After the Fall

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pp. 3-4

Amazonas.com

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pp. 5-

Erich Wolfgang Korngold

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pp. 6-7

The Last Newsboy

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pp. 8-

Hitting the Silk

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pp. 9-

Bargains Are by Definition Faustian

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pp. 10-11

Opposing Colonizations

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pp. 12-

Robinson Crusoe to Capt. Dreyfus

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pp. 13-

Energy Crises

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pp. 14-15

A Course in Sax Education

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pp. 16-

Production Values

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pp. 17-18

Gowns by Adrian

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pp. 19-

The Garden of Yellow Jack

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pp. 20-

The Devil and Daedalus

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pp. 21-

Fashions of 1903

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pp. 22-23

The Last Cigarette Girl

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pp. 24-25

Dance

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pp. 26-

Free Trade in Mitteleuropa

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pp. 27-

Where Is Gutzon Borglum Now That We Need Him?

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pp. 28-29

Inventing the Subdivision

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pp. 30-

The Last Elevator Operator, or, Mr. Otis Regrets

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pp. 31-32

Edith and Woody and Nancy and Ronnie

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pp. 33-34

Fishers of Men

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pp. 35-

Unto Temptation

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pp. 36-37

Guidelines for a Cover Illustration

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pp. 38-39

Crystal But Not Crystal Ball

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pp. 40-

Models

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pp. 41-42

The Last Chaperon

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pp. 43-

Update for Francis Joseph

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pp. 44-

The Passion of 1934

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pp. 45-46

Administrating

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pp. 47-

One Third of a Triptych

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pp. 48-

Self-Guided Tour

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pp. 49-50

Report of the Monuments Commission

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pp. 51-52

Eclogue against Ecology

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pp. 53-

Soldiers Three in the Big Easy

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pp. 54-55

Afterward

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pp. 56-57


E-ISBN-13: 9780804040303
Print-ISBN-13: 9780804011037

Publication Year: 2007

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