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The Couple

The Rider Quintet, vol. 4

Mark Rudman

Publication Year: 2002

In his Rider trilogy, Mark Rudman perfected a mixed genre form -- combining dialogue, lyric and prose. While employing some of the same techniques that have become "signature Rudman" -- the compact, colloquial line, dazzling shifts from popular culture to classical history -- The Couple also breaks new ground. This new book is a collection of discrete poems organized around four poem sequences, "Long-Stemmed Rose," "The Shallowness of the Lake," "Perseus Surprised, Andromeda Unbound," and "Fragile Craft." As the title suggests, the theme of relationships, both dark and erotically-charged, emerges here as Rudman's focus. The couples in the book include parents, lovers, a young boy and girl in elementary school, Perseus and Andromeda, Mary Ure and Robert Shaw, and Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.

Published by: Wesleyan University Press

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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PROVO

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pp. 1-4

LONG-STEMMED ROSE

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pp. 5-34

THE GUITAR LESSON

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pp. 35-43

THE SHALLOWNESS OF THE LAKE

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pp. 44-60

PERSEUS AND ANDROMEDA

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pp. 61-81

POSITIONING IN TIME

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pp. 82-83

FRAGILE CRAFT

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pp. 84-117

BICOASTAL: BOBBY DARIN AT THE COPA

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pp. 118-128

MONEY

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pp. 129-131

TWO HORATIAN PALIMPSESTS

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pp. 132-136

THE COUPLE

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pp. 137-143

ELSEWHERE

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pp. 144-145

VOLTERRA

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pp. 146-148

Notes

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pp. 149-151


E-ISBN-13: 9780819570635
Print-ISBN-13: 9780819565778

Page Count: 120
Publication Year: 2002

Series Title: Wesleyan Poetry Series