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Furious Lullaby

Oliver de la Paz

Publication Year: 2007

Furious Lullaby is both a celebration of and a eulogy to the body in the twenty-first century. The collection, which examines the larger concepts of salvation and temptation in a world of blossoming strife, includes a series of aubades – dramatic poems culminating with the separation of lovers at dawn. The lovers suffer a metaphysical crisis, seeking to know what is good, what is evil, and how to truly know the difference. Knowing, however, invites the terrible into their world. The Devil, a seductive trickster, haunts the landscape as a voice who dares each inquisitor to learn about mortality, morality, the beautiful, and the unspeakable through direct experience. Furious Lullaby offers a departure from the lighter prose poetry of de la Paz’s Names above Houses and preserves the author’s concern with the nature of human grace.  

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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pp. 5-9

Contents

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pp. ix-x

Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-xii

One

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pp. 1-15

Holiness

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pp. 3-16

Hour of Dawn

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pp. 4-17

Aubade with Scorpios and Monsoon

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pp. 5-6

Constricting Aubade

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pp. 7-20

Flutter

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pp. 8-21

Aubade with Doves, a Television, and Fire

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pp. 9-10

The Devil's Book

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pp. 11-13

Aubade with a Book and the Rattle from a String of Pearls

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pp. 14-15

God Essay

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pp. 16-29

The Devil's Hour

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pp. 17-30

Aubade with Constellations, Some Horses, and Snow

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pp. 18-19

Penitence Essay

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pp. 20-33

Aubde with Bread for the Sparrows

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pp. 21-34

My Dearest Apostacy,

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pp. 22-35

Hush

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pp. 23-37

Two

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pp. 25-39

My Dearest Conflict,

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pp. 27-40

What the Devil Said

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pp. 28-41

What the Eye Said

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pp. 29-42

What the Scapula Said

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pp. 30-43

On the Pores of the Flesh

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pp. 31-44

On the Pulse Residing Behind the Lobe of the Ear

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pp. 32-45

On the Fenestra Ovalis

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pp. 33-46

Aporia

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pp. 34-38

What the Ear Said

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pp. 39-52

What the Dead Said

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pp. 40-53

What the Devil Said

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pp. 41-54

On the Epiderrmis

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pp. 42-43

On the Motions of Death

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pp. 44-57

Epitaph for the Musculature of the Neck

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pp. 45-58

My Dearest Transgression,

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pp. 46-59

Three

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pp. 47-61

Fury

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pp. 49-62

Aubade with Starlings and Kerosene Muted by Glass

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pp. 50-63

Messengers

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pp. 51-64

Mysteries Essay

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pp. 52-65

My Dearest Recklessness,

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pp. 53-66

Aubade with Memory Crystallized into a Figure of a Dancer

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pp. 54-55

Widening Aubade

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pp. 56-59

Aubade with a Heel of Bread, a Heart, and the Devil

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pp. 60-73

Prayer Essay

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pp. 61-74

Aubade with the Moon, Some Bones, and a Word

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pp. 62-63

My Dearest Regret,

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pp. 64-77

Aubade with a Thistle Bush Holding Six Songs

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pp. 65-78

Lullaby

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pp. 66-67

Other Books in the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry

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pp. 68-81

Back Cover

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p. 82-82


E-ISBN-13: 9780809387502
Print-ISBN-13: 9780809327744

Page Count: 80
Publication Year: 2007

Series Title: Crab Orchard Series in Poetry

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