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Beautiful Shirt

Donald Revell

Publication Year: 1994

The world that Donald Revell ponders in these poems replete with contrarieties. The same verbal playfulness and prophetic lyricism that made Revell a 1992 Guggenheim Fellow in Poetry and a winner of National Poetry Series, Pushcart, and PEN Center USA West awards are in full force in Beautiful Shirt. Here he traverses the rocky terrain of innocence, memory, disillusion, and salvation in a voice at once haunted and elliptical: "This is the world as I have known it./ It has a soft outline and is easily victimized."

Juxtaposed within a trio of long, introspective poems are shorter lyrics that push the limits of poetic syntaxes and dictions. In all, Beautiful Shirt searches for the true nature of the self through language unfettered by narrative constraints and conventional conceptual identities.

Published by: Wesleyan University Press

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pp. VII-VIII

Lyre

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pp. 1-2

I

Privacy

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pp. 5-11

Tiergarten

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pp. 12-

Another Day

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pp. 13-

The Secessions on Loan

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pp. 14-15

Why and Why Now

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pp. 16-

II

Les Noces

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pp. 19-

The Lame One

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pp. 20-

Death to Santa Foy

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pp. 22-23

Stilling

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pp. 24-

Plenitude

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pp. 25-31

III

The Pillars

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pp. 35-36

Voracity

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pp. 37-

The Children

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pp. 38-39

In Company

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pp. 40-45

Curb

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pp. 46-

Debt

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pp. 47-48

IV

The Traveller's Garment

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pp. 51-52

Arranged to Meet in Aix

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pp. 53-

An Instrument Also

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pp. 54-55

Cloistered

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pp. 56-57


E-ISBN-13: 9780819572141
Print-ISBN-13: 9780819522160

Page Count: 67
Publication Year: 1994

Series Title: Wesleyan Poetry Series

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