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Antidote

Corey Van Landingham

Publication Year: 2013

In Corey Van Landingham’s Antidote, love equates with disease, valediction is a contact sport, the moon is a lunatic, and someone is always watching. Here the uncanny coexists with the personal, so that each poem undergoes making and unmaking, is birthed and bound in an acute strangeness. Elegy is made new by a speaker both heartbreaking and transgressive. Van Landingham reveals the instability of self and perception in states of grief; she is not afraid to tip the world upside down and shake it out, gather the lint and change from its pockets and say, “I can make something with this.” Wild and surreal, driven by loss, Antidote invites both the beautiful and the brutal into its arms, allowing for shocking declarations about love: that it is like hibernation, a car crash, or a parasite. Time, geography, and landscape are called into question as backdrops for various forms of valediction. It soon becomes clear that there is no antidote one can take for grief or heartbreak; that love can, at times, feel like violence; and that one may never get better at saying goodbye.

Published by: The Ohio State University Press

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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Contents

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pp. v-vi

Acknowledgments, Quote

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pp. vii-1

1. Autonomy, Landscape, Terrible Love

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pp. 2-3

2. Tabernacle for an Adolescence

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p. 4-4

3. Valediction Lessons

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p. 5-5

4. Elegy in Which I Refuse to Turn Away

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pp. 6-7

5. The Chair & The Birdcage

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p. 8-8

6. Antidote

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pp. 9-10

7. Spill

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p. 11-11

8. The Louse

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p. 12-12

9. Decreation

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p. 13-13

10. What You Will Encounter

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pp. 14-15

11. The Architecture of Fathers

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p. 16-16

12. What Will Be Untold

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p. 17-17

13. This World Is Only Going to Break Your Heart

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p. 18-18

14. During the Autopsy

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pp. 19-20

15. To Have & To Hold

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pp. 21-22

16. The Making of a Prophet

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p. 23-23

17. [engagement:]

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p. 24-24

18. Elegy on Sea Legs

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p. 25-25

19. While Terrified of Branches, Making Fun of Moon

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p. 26-26

20. Orchard

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p. 27-27

21. Valediction Lessons

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p. 28-28

22. Parallax Disguised as Endless Disappointment

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pp. 29-30

23. All the Sworn on, Sworn off Truths

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p. 31-31

24. Romance Novel after the Car Crash

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pp. 32-33

25. Confessional

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pp. 34-35

26. Homesteading with the Ghosts

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p. 36-36

27. Round Stories Arranged into a Square

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pp. 37-38

28. And Badly, Too

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p. 39-39

29. Diurnal

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pp. 40-41

30. To Have & To Hold

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pp. 42-43

31. Dirge: For Pompeii

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p. 44-44

32. Covenant

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pp. 45-46

33. Against the Reification of Isadora Duncan

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pp. 47-48

34. Valediction Lessons

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p. 49-49

35. Bestiary: after Borges

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p. 50-50

36. Hermetic

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pp. 51-52

37. Elegy: for David A. Van Landingham

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pp. 53-54

38. Other Techniques for Elegant Boatmanship

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pp. 55-56

39. Last Year at Marienbad: after Alain Resnais

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p. 57-57

40. Yield Stress

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p. 58-58

41. When You Look Away, the World

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p. 59-59

42. What You Erase Knits Back Together

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p. 60-60

43. Eclogue

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p. 61-61

44. To Have & To Hold

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pp. 62-64

Back Cover

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E-ISBN-13: 9780814271155
E-ISBN-10: 0814271154
Print-ISBN-13: 9780814251874
Print-ISBN-10: 0814251870

Page Count: 74
Publication Year: 2013

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