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Lacemakers

Claire McQuerry

Publication Year: 2012

In Lacemakers, Claire McQuerry investigates the timeless questions of relationships, of loss and longing, and of environment both natural and manmade. This informal yet haunting collection juxtaposes a myriad of perspectives—public and personal, interior and exterior, sacred and secular—to explore the fathomless mysteries that abound between one human and another. From the metallic hum of the air conditioner to the thrumming of quail wings in the Arizona desert, from the necklace of brake lights on the freeway to the more dangerous and intimate highways of the human heart, McQuerry explores the impact of our environments, both urban and natural, on humankind. Spirituality clashes with modernity in the holiest of places, and we are relentlessly confronted with the irreconcilable otherness of our fellow man. Above all, Lacemakers returns obsessively to separations, offering searing insight into our inability to truly know another person, meditating on the subtle abysses that eternally divide us from others.

Published by: Southern Illinois University 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

Part I

Votive

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pp. 3-4

Cassiopeia

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pp. 5-8

Flying into Sacramento

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p. 9-9

From Sleep

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p. 10-10

The Bus from Strasbourg

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pp. 11-12

To You, Next Door

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pp. 13-14

Before Freeways

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p. 15-15

Guardian Home for the Elderly, Alzheimer’s Wing

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p. 16-16

What Remains

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p. 17-17

Traffic in Phoenix

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p. 18-18

The Fast Local

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p. 19-19

Miles Away

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pp. 20-21

Blue Violinist

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pp. 22-23

Your Father Takes Me Gliding above the Columbia River

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pp. 24-25

Marriage Blessing

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p. 26-26

What My Mother Thought, but Never Said, about Her Honeymoon

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p. 27-27

Letter from Phoenix

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pp. 28-29

Vespers at Brown Trout Lake

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p. 30-30

Book of Hours

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pp. 31-32

Basilica

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pp. 33-36

Part II

St. Stephen’s Hand

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p. 39-39

The Train to Ventimiglia

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pp. 40-41

The Incorruptibles

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pp. 42-47

The Other Sky

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pp. 48-49

One summer we paint your house

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pp. 50-51

Waltz of the Flowers

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p. 52-52

Pearls

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p. 53-53

Other Women’s Men

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pp. 54-55

Windshield Repair Next Right

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pp. 56-65

How I Devour You in Ten Minutes Flat

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p. 66-66

Walking the dog, evening near the river,

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pp. 67-68

Saying Grace

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pp. 69-70

To My Great Aunt, Whose Funeral I Didn’t Attend

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pp. 71-72

Perennial Garden

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pp. 73-74

Room

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pp. 75-76

St. Margaret’s Well

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p. 77-77

Other Books in the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry

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Back Cover

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E-ISBN-13: 9780809330621
Print-ISBN-13: 9780809330614

Publication Year: 2012

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