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Claiming Kin

Ellen Bryant Voigt

Publication Year: 2010

Poems devoted to family and the physical world.

Published by: Wesleyan University Press

Contents

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pp. 6-7

I

Tropics

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pp. 11-

At the Edge of Winter

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pp. 12-

Animal Study

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pp. 13-

Black Widow

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pp. 14-

The Heart is the Target

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pp. 15-

Delilah

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pp. 16-

Preparation

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pp. 17-

Snakeskin

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pp. 18-

Southern Artifact

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pp. 19-

American at Auschwitz

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pp. 20-21

Stork

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pp. 22-

Suicides

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pp. 23-

Dialogue: Poetics

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pp. 24-25

Song

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pp. 26-

For S.

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pp. 27-

II

Farm Wife

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pp. 31-

"The Wife Takes a Child"

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pp. 32-

The Handmaiden

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pp. 33-

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Gathering

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pp. 34-35

When the folds of the curtain drew apart, you were sitting in the third row with her, she was slim and beautiful, her mouth was a ripe, purple berry, above the elegant nose her eyes were two roaches, she wasn't beautiful, her breasts were cones under the black crepe, she had no hips at all, her hair stroked your cheek like a web. I ran from the stage and drove through rain on the five-lane highway.

Birthday Sestina

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pp. 36-37

Claiming Kin

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pp. 38-

Sister

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pp. 39-43

The Hen

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pp. 44-

The Feast of the Assumption of the Virgin

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pp. 45-46

III

Damage

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pp. 49-

House

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pp. 50-51

The Letter

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pp. 52-

April, 1945

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pp. 53-

The Waning Moon

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pp. 54-

Executioner

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The Victim

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The Burial

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The Marriage

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pp. 58-

The Birth

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pp. 59-

The Drowned Man

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pp. 60-

Harvest

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pp. 61-

The Quickening

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pp. 62-

The Visit

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pp. 63-

All Souls' Day

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pp. 64-


E-ISBN-13: 9780819569615
Print-ISBN-13: 9780819520838

Page Count: 64
Publication Year: 2010

Series Title: Wesleyan Poetry Program

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