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The World Is Round

Poems

Nikky Finney

Publication Year: 2013

The World Is Round, Nikky Finney’s third volume of poetry, collects the wisps of memory we carry with us throughout our earthly lives and weaves them into deft and nuanced poems that emphasize understanding the cycles of life. The settings offer a view into the kaleidoscope of human experience: the sweetness and shock of family life, the omnipresent wash of memory, and the ebullience of warm Southern air. The World Is Round carries with it an implicit challenge—to the author as a poet, and to the reader as a fellow human—to see the characters and details and events of our lives with clarity, fearlessness, and love. The result is poems that range the gamut of human reach and resilience, fury and frailty. The poet’s vision of community requires understanding and tolerance from every breathing soul. Finney illuminates the cruelties of the sometimes gawking, narrow-minded world and makes a plea for compassion inspired by our common humanity.

Published by: Northwestern University Press

Cover

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p. C-C

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, Quote

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pp. i-viii

Contents

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pp. ix-x

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Foreword

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pp. xi-2

Nikky Finney’s The World Is Round is a book to live by, a book that is full of sure magic. There is a rosary quality to the poetry here, as if it were prayer, as if its grace is revealed through repetition and patience, vulnerability and yearning . . . through engagement with the human interior....

The World Is Round: The Breast of the Garment Measured

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pp. 3-6

The Squatting Sun

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pp. 7-8

Coda

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pp. 9-13

The New Medicine

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pp. 14-17

Lobengula: Her Wall-Bound Child

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pp. 18-20

Mean Nina

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pp. 21-25

The Running of the Bulls

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pp. 26-27

Elephantine

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pp. 28-30

The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau

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pp. 31-37

“Ain’t Too Proud to Beg”

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p. 38-38

Hurricane Beulah

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pp. 39-52

The Greatest Show on Earth

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pp. 53-55

Shark Bite

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pp. 56-58

Sign Language

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p. 59-59

The New Cotton

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pp. 60-61

The Girlfriend’s Train

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pp. 62-65

Hate

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pp. 66-67

Easy-Bake

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pp. 68-69

Labor Strike

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p. 70-70

My Old Kentucky Home: Where the Darkies Are Gay

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pp. 71-80

Afro-Gregorian Chant

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pp. 81-82

Froglegs

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pp. 83-84

Sex

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pp. 85-87

The Dive

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p. 88-88

Steamed Rice

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pp. 89-92

Metallurgy

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pp. 93-95

Assam

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pp. 96-97

“A Hero Ain’t Nothin’ but a Sandwich”

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pp. 98-99

The Making of Paper

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pp. 100-102

Fishing Among the Learned

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pp. 103-107

Charm

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pp. 108-109


E-ISBN-13: 9780810167186
E-ISBN-10: 0810167182
Print-ISBN-13: 9780810152335
Print-ISBN-10: 0810152339

Page Count: 123
Publication Year: 2013

Edition: 1

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