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In the Garden of the Bridehouse

J. Michael Martinez

Publication Year: 2014

Through lyrical procedures of self-immolation, this brave new collection by J. Michael Martinez interrogates the sundry roles language, myth, and sexuality play for the self and the other in the recoverable and irrecoverable past. Parallel to his award-winning first collection Heredities, J. Michael Martinez pushes the boundaries of poetic form, wedding historically oppositional lyrical traditions to deliver a collection unlike any other.

Turning the page into a visual field, as in the deconstructed musical score telling the tale of La Llorona, In the Garden of the Bridehouse questions the line between visual art and poetry. The work employs the vernacular, the stylized language of theory, and the blank canvas of the page in its exploration of the known and unknowable.

Throughout the work, Martinez paradoxically exercises both a lyrical minimalism and a baroque poetic, uniting Mesoamerican preconquest imaginary with the sensuality of the Biblical Song of Songs, cultivating a lyrical space wherein contrasting potentials are—as one—realized in their shared promise.

Published by: University of Arizona Press

Title page, Copyright, Quotes

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Acknowledgments

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pp. viii-4

The Treatise of Swans

Self-Portrait as the Soul Excluded, My Speechless

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pp. 6-

Self-Portrait as One-Night Stand

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pp. 7-

Self-Portrait When We Were New Animals Across an Ancient Sky

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pp. 8-

Self-Portrait as the Hinge Within the Fable

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pp. 9-

Self-Portrait as Your Voice, Trying to Stop an Echo

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pp. 10-

Self-Portrait as the Polaroid of You

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pp. 11-

Self-Portrait as the Record Player’s Needle

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pp. 12-

Self-Portrait as Letter Addressed to Self

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pp. 13-

Self-Portrait Where We Sing of Such Wounded Swans

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pp. 14-

Self-Portrait as a Grim Tale

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pp. 15-

In the Garden of the Bridehouse

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pp. 16-

Self-Portrait When We Were Animals Called Ocean, Called Honky, Called Baby

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pp. 17-22

Micrographia

/jénisis/

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pp. 24-

The Gospel of Ometéotl, the Brown Adam

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pp. 25-26

In the Garden of the Bridehouse

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pp. 27-

The Chrestomathies of Omecíhuatl, Giver of Life

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pp. 28-29

/iːv/

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pp. 30-

Omecíhuatl in the Garden Where Yes Is the Only Island

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pp. 31-32

The Chrestomathies of Omecíhuatl, Giver of Life

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pp. 33-34

/ˈædəm/

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pp. 35-

In Dominion, the Breath’s Hammer

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pp. 36-38

The Chrestomathies of Omecíhuatl, Giver of Life

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pp. 39-40

Where Timid Gestures Black

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pp. 41-42

The Chrestomathies of Omecíhuatl, Giver of Life

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pp. 43-45

In the Garden of the Bridehouse

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pp. 46-

The Child’s Dream of Asters

The Child’s Dream of Asters & the Water’s Elegy

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pp. 48-62

In the Garden of the Bridehouse

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pp. 63-

The Bridehouse’s Harmonograph

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pp. 64-66

Notes, About the Author

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pp. 67-69


E-ISBN-13: 9780816598670
E-ISBN-10: 0816598673
Print-ISBN-13: 9780816530892
Print-ISBN-10: 0816530890

Page Count: 80
Illustrations: 2 illustrations
Publication Year: 2014

Series Title: Camino del Sol

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