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The Folded Heart

Michael Collier

Publication Year: 2012

Michael Collier’s poems are like a living film of the image of one’s past. In rich detail, they bring to life the geography of childhood—commonplace events that have a unique texture of one’s own—a dream of flying, a secret obsession, a school pageant, a jam session in the garage. The memories are folded into the heart, but with an inevitable sense of loss, a sense of capturing “the moment held in the air, the illusion of something whole, something true.” Water and light are constant images in this book, apt conduits to the past. Memories are refracted “in the faces of old regrets.” But they are not wholly lost for they inform the present; they continue “beating loud.” The Folded Heart is a lyrical compression of language, precise, intensely felt.

Published by: Wesleyan University Press

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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Contents

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pp. vii-viii

The Problem

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pp. 3-4

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Skimming

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pp. 7-8

Iodine

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pp. 10-11

The Pageant

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pp. 12-

A Private Place

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pp. 13-

Lagoon

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pp. 14-15

The Brothers

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pp. 16-17

Feedback

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pp. 18-22

2

North Corridor

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pp. 23-24

Burial

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pp. 25-26

Air Guitar

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pp. 27-29

Practicing Stalls

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pp. 30-31

Tonight

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pp. 32-

The Grandmothers

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pp. 33-34

Winter, 1959

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pp. 35-

The Heavy Light of Shifting Stars

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pp. 36-38

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Spider Thmor

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pp. 39-40

The Lights

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pp. 41-42

The Fight

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pp. 43-

Treatment

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pp. 44-

Territory

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pp. 45-

The Diver

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pp. 46-

Night Swimming

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pp. 47-48

Naushon Island

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pp. 49-

Encanto Park, 1961

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pp. 50-51

The Cave

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pp. 52-

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About the Author

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Michael Collier has won several awards and fellowships for his poetry, a "Discovery" / award (1981), the 1988 Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award from the Poetry Society of America, a Thomas J. Watson...


E-ISBN-13: 9780819573827
Print-ISBN-13: 9780819521699

Page Count: 54
Publication Year: 2012

Series Title: Wesleyan Poetry Series