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Autogeography

Poems

Reginald Harris

Publication Year: 2013

Winner of the Cave Canem Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize


In his second collection of poetry, Reginald Harris traverses real and imagined landscapes, searching for answers to the question “What are you?” From Baltimore to Havana, Atlantic City to Alabama—and from the broad memories of childhood to the very specific moment of Marvin Gaye singing at the 1983 NBA All-Star Game shortly before his death—this is a travel diary of internal and external jour­neys exploring issues of race and sexuality. The poet trav­eler falls into and out of love and lust, sometimes coupled, sometimes alone. Autogeography tracks how who you are changes depending on where you are; how where you are and where you’ve been determine who you are and where you might be headed. 

Published by: Northwestern University Press

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pp. 10-11

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-xiii

Many thanks to the editors of the following journals in which many of these poems appeared, at times in slightly different form: ...

The Poet Behind the Wheel

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pp. 3-18

Approaching Baltimore

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pp. 4-5

Eastside Alphabetics

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pp. 6-21

Crying Man with Broom

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pp. 7-22

Gospel

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pp. 8-23

Sonnet: LeatherBoy

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pp. 9-24

The Poets at the Ball Game

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pp. 10-25

Baltimore Uproar by Romare Bearden

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pp. 11-26

Reunion

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pp. 12-27

Song for My Father

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pp. 13-28

While the Quartet Plays “Body and Soul”

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pp. 14-15

My People

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pp. 16-31

The Star

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pp. 17-32

Dream of My Cousin’s Wedding

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pp. 18-33

The Lost Boys: A Requiem

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pp. 19-20

Notes Toward a Poem About Love

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pp. 21-36

Who I Think You Are

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pp. 22-37

Atlantic City

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pp. 23-24

Cuerpo de hombre

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pp. 25-40

The Man with My Name

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pp. 26-27

No Admittance

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pp. 28-43

Trailer Park Self-Portrait

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pp. 29-44

Magicians

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pp. 30-45

What Are You?

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pp. 31-46

Travel Journal

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pp. 32-33

The Secret of Our Success

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pp. 34-49

The City Without You

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pp. 35-37

Poem Based on a Line by Forman

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pp. 38-53

Out of Town

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pp. 39-54

The Spinning Song

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pp. 40-41

Bluetopia

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pp. 42-57

Among the Players

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pp. 43-58

Sunday Brunch

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pp. 44-45

Colonnade Shop, Havana

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pp. 46-61

Deya

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pp. 47-48

New Rules of the Road

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pp. 49-50

On the Road

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pp. 51-52

Captain Blackman

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pp. 53-55

Retreat Postcards

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pp. 56-57

Nom de Plume

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pp. 58-73

Marvin Gaye Sings “The Star-Spangled Banner”

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pp. 59-60

Packing

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pp. 61-78


E-ISBN-13: 9780810166660
E-ISBN-10: 0810166666
Print-ISBN-13: 9780810129153
Print-ISBN-10: 0810129159

Page Count: 77
Publication Year: 2013

Edition: 1
Volume Title: 1
Series Editor Byline: John Smith, Will Wordsworth

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