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Selected Poems

James Tate

Publication Year: 2013

The Selected Poems James Tate's Pulitzer Prize-winning collection and his first British publication, gathers work from nine previous books, from the Lost Pilot which was a Yale Younger Poets selection in 1967, through his 1986 collection Reckoner. He is a most agile poet in a precarious world. Life is alarming and absurd, but properly considered that absurdity reveals, often with laughter, the something else by which we live. The poems are about our world, our wrecked, vexed love for it. Tate has been described as a surrealist. If that is what he is, his surrealism issues in a vision of a world delivered back to itself by his unillusioned subversion and candor.

Published by: Wesleyan University Press

Cover

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p. 1-1

Title Page, Series Page, Copyright

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pp. 2-5

Contents

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pp. v-x

I. from The Lost Pilot (1967)

Manna

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pp. 3-14

The Book of Lies

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pp. 4-15

Coming Down Cleveland Avenue

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pp. 5-16

Reapers of the Water

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pp. 6-7

Epithalamion for Tyler

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pp. 8-19

For Mother on Father's Day

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pp. 9-20

In a Town for Which I Know No Name

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pp. 10-21

Success Comes to Cow Creek

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pp. 11-12

Why I Will Not Get Out of Bed

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pp. 13-24

Graveside

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pp. 14-25

The Lost Pilot

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pp. 15-16

Intimidations of an Autobiography

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pp. 17-18

The End of the Line

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pp. 19-30

The Move

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pp. 20-31

Flight

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pp. 21-32

Grace

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pp. 22-33

The Last Days of April

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pp. 23-34

Uncle

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pp. 24-35

How the Friends Met

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pp. 25-36

Tragedy Comes to the Bad Lands

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pp. 26-37

Aunt Edna

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pp. 27-38

Rescue

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pp. 28-39

The Mirror

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pp. 29-40

The Tabernacle

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pp. 30-31

Late Harvest

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pp. 32-43

Today I Am Falling

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pp. 33-34

II. from The Oblivion Ha-Ha (1970)

Poem (High in Hollywood Hills a door opens)

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pp. 37-48

Rape in the Engineering Building

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pp. 38-49

The Blue Booby

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pp. 39-40

The Pet Deer

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pp. 41-52

Up Here

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pp. 42-53

Prose Poem

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pp. 43-54

Coda

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pp. 44-55

The Tryst

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pp. 45-56

Pity Ascending with the Fog

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pp. 46-57

Pride's Crossing

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pp. 47-58

The Indian Undertaker

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pp. 48-59

The Initiation

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pp. 49-60

Consumed

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pp. 50-61

Shadowboxing

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pp. 51-62

Images of Little Compton, Rhode Island

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pp. 52-63

From the Hole

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pp. 53-64

The Trap

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pp. 54-65

Twilight Sustenance Hiatus

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pp. 55-66

The Wheelchair Butterfly

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pp. 56-57

It's Not the Heat So Much as the Humidity

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pp. 58-59

The Eagle Exterminating Company

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pp. 60-71

The President Slumming

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pp. 61-72

Failed Tribute to the Stonemason of Tor House, Robinson Jeffers

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pp. 62-63

Conjuring Roethke

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pp. 64-75

Dear Reader

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pp. 65-66

III. from Hints to Pilgrims (1971)

Recipe for Sleep

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pp. 69-80

Brother of the Unknown Ancient Man

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pp. 70-81

When the Nomads Come Over the Hill

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pp. 71-82

Poem (A silence that tunnels forever)

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pp. 72-83

I Take Back All My Kisses

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pp. 73-74

Frivolous Blind Death Child

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pp. 75-86

Alternatives

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pp. 76-78

Amnesia People

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pp. 79-87

Fuck the Astronauts

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pp. 88-89

Lewis and Clark Overheard in Conversation

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pp. 90-101

IV. from Absences (1972)

Contagion

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pp. 93-104

Breathing

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pp. 94-95

The Distant Orgasm

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pp. 96-98

The Private Intrigue of Melancholy

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pp. 99-110

A Guide to the Stone Age

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pp. 100-111

Wait for Me

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pp. 101-112

The Delicate Riders

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pp. 102-113

If You Would Disappear at Sea

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pp. 103-114

My Girl

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pp. 104-115

Absences

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pp. 105-114

South End

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pp. 115-126

My Great Great Etc. Uncle Patrick Henry

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pp. 116-127

Deaf Girl Playing

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pp. 117-118

First Lesson

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pp. 119-130

The Soup of Venus

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pp. 120-131

The Immortals

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pp. 121-132

Teaching the Ape to Write Poems

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pp. 122-133

Man with Wooden Leg Escapes Prison

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pp. 123-134

Saint John of the Cross in Prison

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pp. 124-135

Cycle of Dust

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pp. 125-130

V. from Hottentot Ossuary (1974)

Waking

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pp. 133-144

Deadlines

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pp. 134-145

Leaping Woman

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pp. 135-146

The Hostile Philharmonic Orchestra

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pp. 136-147

VI. from Viper Jazz (1976)

Poem (I Can't Speak for the Wind)

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pp. 139-150

Sensitive Ears

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pp. 140-151

A Voyage from Stockholm to Take Advantage of Lower Prices on the Finnish Island of Aland

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pp. 141-152

Alfonso Lacklustre

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pp. 142-143

Awkward Silence

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pp. 144-155

A Radical Departure

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pp. 145-156

Read the Great Poets

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pp. 146-147

On the Subject of Doctors

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pp. 148-159

Same Tits

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pp. 149-160

Dry Cup

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pp. 150-161

Village 104

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pp. 151-162

Marfa

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pp. 152-153

Amherst to Easthampton

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pp. 154-165

The Glassy Harbor

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pp. 155-166

"Dreamy Cars Graze on the Dewy Boulevard"

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pp. 156-167

Bug Sleep

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pp. 157-168

Autumn

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pp. 158-169

Poem (Language was almost impossible)

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pp. 159-170

In a Motel on Lake Erie

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pp. 160-171

A Dime Found in the Snow

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pp. 161-162

VII. from Riven Doggeries (1979)

Riven Doggeries

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pp. 165-176

Heatstroke

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pp. 166-187

Rooster

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pp. 168-179

Sloops in the Bay

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pp. 169-180

With a Child All Day

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pp. 170-181

Nature Poem: Demanding Stiff Sentences

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pp. 171-182

Time X

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pp. 172-183

The Shy One

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pp. 173-184

The Life of Poetry

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pp. 174-185

River's Story

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pp. 175-186

The Responsible Romance

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pp. 176-187

Goodtime Jesus

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pp. 177-188

In the Realm of the Ignition

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pp. 178-189

VIII. from Constant Defender (1983)

Land of Little Sticks, 1945

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pp. 181-192

Poem for the Sandman

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pp. 182-193

Five Years Old

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pp. 183-194

The Horseshoe

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pp. 184-195

The Wild Cheese

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pp. 185-196

Nobody's Business

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pp. 186-187

Tell Them Was Here

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pp. 188-199

Spring Was Begging to Be Born

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pp. 189-190

Mystic Moment

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pp. 191-202

Yonder

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pp. 192-193

Summer Night

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pp. 194-195

Nausea, Coincidence

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pp. 196-207

Blue Spill

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pp. 197-208

Yellow Newspaper and a Wooden Leg

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pp. 198-209

Constant Defender

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pp. 199-210

The Motorcyclists

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pp. 200-211

Memo to the Dark Angel

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pp. 201-212

If It Would All Please Hurry

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pp. 202-204

Interruptions

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pp. 205-216

Bluebird Houses

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pp. 206-217

To Fuzzy

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pp. 207-208

Poem to Some of My Recent Poems

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pp. 209-220

A Jangling Yarn

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pp. 210-221

Paint 'Til You Faint

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pp. 211-212

Tragedy's Greatest Hits

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pp. 213-224

Toward Saint Looey

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pp. 214-215

Earthworks

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pp. 216-227

On the World's Birthday

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pp. 217-218

IX. from Reckoner (1986)

Jo Jo's Fireworks-Next Exit

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pp. 221-232

No Rest for the Gambler

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pp. 222-233

A Wedding

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pp. 223-224

The List of Famous Hats

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pp. 225-236

Jelka Revisited

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pp. 226-227

Smart and Final Iris

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pp. 228-239

The Chaste Stranger

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pp. 229-230

Ash Manor

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pp. 231-242

A Vagabond

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pp. 232-233

Neighbors

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pp. 234-245

The Sadness of My Neighbors

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pp. 235-246

Thoughts While Reading The Sand Reckoner

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pp. 236-237

Storm

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pp. 238-249

Stella Maris

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pp. 239-256

About the Author

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pp. 257-258


E-ISBN-13: 9780819574503
Print-ISBN-13: 9780819521903

Page Count: 250
Publication Year: 2013

Series Title: Wesleyan Poetry Series

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