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The Millennium Hotel

The Rider Quintet, vol. 2

Mark Rudman

Publication Year: 1996

In this captivating sequel to his award-winning Rider, Mark Rudman reclaims a sacred space for poetry. The Millennium Hotel is a world of dazzling imitations, a vast casino where personal narrative is recognized as a fiction and death always holds the winning hand. Rudman asks, "How not to be seduced by the new?" as he illustrates the intimate ways in which facade, gender, and memory inform both our private and public realms.

Here the interlocutor's voice shifts and freely crosses gender lines, especially in poems about early erotic experience. Mothers, daughters, lovers, and wives are passionately engaged. Its inclusiveness and wide range of tonal registers enable The Millennium Hotel to blend seamlessly the intimate, the social, the comic, and the apocalyptic. The book moves like a series of sonatas, melding childhood, the diaspora, and eros.

Published by: Wesleyan University Press

Title Page/Copyright

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Contents

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pp. v-vi

I. Screen Image

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pp. 1-

BIRTHDAY BLUES

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pp. 3-8

SCREEN IMAGE:(ROYAL EMERALD HOTEL, NASSAU)

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pp. 9-11

GRATUITOUS ACT

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pp. 12-14

ROLE PLAY

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pp. 15-17

DISTRACTED IN BEVERLY HILLS

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pp. 18-22

II: THE MILLENNIUM HOTEL

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pp. 23-

THE MILLENNIUM HOTEL: Prologue and Lament

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pp. 25-26

2: Nothing Seasonal

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pp. 27-28

3: The Path

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pp. 29-32

4: Stormwatch

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pp. 33-36

5: The Millenium

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pp. 37-42

6: Around this time you began making transcontinental flights alone.

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pp. 43-44

7: After the Storm

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pp. 45-

8: "And What If It Had Been His Last Wish..."

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pp. 46-47

9: The Stewardess

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pp. 48-49

10: The Heights

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pp. 50-52

11. 1812

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pp. 53-56

12 Our beautiful mothers! Death isn't the worst of it:

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pp. 57-

13. Walker's Pond

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pp. 58-

14. Semaphore

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pp. 59-

15. Night Thoughts

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pp. 69-70

16 "Succulents subjected—"

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pp. 69-70

17 "How far can we take chance, can chance take us?"

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pp. 71-74

18 (Pause.)

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pp. 75-77

19 March

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pp. 78-79

20 In the torrent

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pp. 80-81

21 Pool Hall

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pp. 82-83

22 Before Summer Rain

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pp. 84-

23 Poolside

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pp. 85-92

24 Gorge

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pp. 93-94

Ill. MOTEL EN ROUTE TO"LIFE OUT THERE"

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pp. 95-

Wood Floors

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pp. 97-103

Love's Way

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pp. 104-113

Love's Mirrors

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pp. 114-116

Sec Design

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pp. 121-124

Soho: The Early Days

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pp. 121-124

Easter Weekend in Denver

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pp. 125-133

On the Wheel Of

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pp. 134-144

Aesacus, the Diver (after Ovid)

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pp. 145-148

Aesacus Risen

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pp. 149-150

Aesacus and the Dancer

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pp. 151-

Mixed Messages

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pp. 152-163

Motel En Route to "Life Out There"

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pp. 164-174

IV. ABOVE AND BELOW

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pp. 175-

Above and Below in Mexico

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pp. 177-184

Notes

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pp. 185-


E-ISBN-13: 9780819569738
Print-ISBN-13: 9780819522290

Page Count: 201
Publication Year: 1996

Series Title: Wesleyan Poetry Series