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Tongue Lyre

Tyler Mills

Publication Year: 2013

In Tongue Lyre, Tyler Mills weaves together fragments of myth and memory, summoning the works of Ovid, Homer, and James Joyce to spin a story of violence and the female body. Introducing the recurring lyre figure in the collection—a voice to counter the violence—is Ovid’s Philomena, who, while cruelly rendered speechless, nonetheless sets the reader on an eloquent voyage to discover the body through music, art, and language. Other legendary figures making appearances within—Telemachos, Nestor, Cyclops, Circe, and others—are held up as mirrors to reflect the human form as home. In this dynamic collection, the female body and its relationship to the psyche traverse mythic yet hauntingly familiar contemporary settings as each presents not a single narrative but a progressive exploration of our universal emotional experience.

Published by: Southern Illinois University Press

Cover

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pp. 1-3

Title Page

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p. 4-4

Copyright

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p. 5-5

Contents

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pp. v-vi

Acknowledgments

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pp. vii-viii

Epigraph

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pp. 1-2

Tongue

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pp. 3-12

Edith Wharton’s Age of Innocence by T. C. Mills

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pp. 4-13

Tell Me, Muse

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pp. 5-6

Odyssey

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pp. 7-16

Telemachos

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pp. 8-17

Violinist

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pp. 9-10

Nestor

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pp. 11-20

Lesson

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pp. 12-13

Watch for the Blind

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pp. 14-23

Wandering Rocks

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pp. 15-17

Bluff

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pp. 18-27

Proteus

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pp. 19-20

The Chorus Rubs on Children’s Sunscreen

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pp. 21-30

Nausikaa

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pp. 22-31

Cleaning Out the Lyre

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pp. 23-32

After the Lotus

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pp. 24-33

Cyclops

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pp. 25-34

Aiolos and the Bag of Winds

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pp. 26-35

Water Ballad

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pp. 27-28

Ballyhoo or Bulletin?

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pp. 29-38

Circe’s Notes

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pp. 30-39

Oracle

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pp. 31-40

Ossuary

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pp. 32-33

The Sirens

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pp. 34-35

Scylla and Charybdis

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pp. 36-45

Oxen of the Sun

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pp. 37-46

Standing Still

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pp. 38-47

Kalypso

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pp. 39-48

The Chorus at the Pit

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pp. 40-49

Spoken from the Maze Daedalus Made

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pp. 41-50

Rations

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pp. 42-51

Disguised, Athena Says . . .

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pp. 43-44

Performance

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pp. 45-46

Finding Eumaios at the Return

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pp. 47-56

Penelope’s Firebird Weft

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pp. 48-57

Foyer

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pp. 49-58

Chorus: A Museum Is Under Construction

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pp. 50-51

Violin Shop

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pp. 52-53

The Myth of Philomela

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pp. 54-55

Ithaca

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pp. 56-65

In the Chapter “Rodin in Love”

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pp. 57-66

Rose

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pp. 58-64

Tinsel Halo

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pp. 65-66

Cosmos

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pp. 67-68

Coda

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pp. 69-78

Other Books in the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry

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pp. 70-71

Back Cover

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p. 81-81


E-ISBN-13: 9780809332236
E-ISBN-10: 080933223X
Print-ISBN-13: 9780809332229
Print-ISBN-10: 0809332221

Page Count: 88
Publication Year: 2013

Series Title: Crab Orchard Series in Poetry

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