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On the Desire to Levitate

Poems

Alison Powell

Publication Year: 2014

On the Desire to Levitate is the first collection of poems by Alison Powell. This striking collection includes vivid, unflinching meditations on aging, mythology, poetry, and family. In tight, elegant lines that alternate between homage and elegy, these poems explore known subjects with a rebellious eye: a defeated Hercules and a bitter Eurydice, a sympathetic Lucifer, and generations of adolescent girls as mythical adventurers moving within a beloved but confining Midwest. Yet in Powell's skillful hands, hardship never overtakes: as judge Charles Hood writes, “There's often a delicious humor in this work, and always a deep and lasting integrity.”

Winner of the 2013 Hollis Summers Poetry Prize

Published by: Ohio University Press

Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. i-iv

Acknowledgments

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pp. v-viii

Contents

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pp. ix-xii

On the Desire to Levitate

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pp. 1-2

I.

Elegy for the Miner’s Canary

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pp. 5-

Flyover Country

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pp. 6-

Summer

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pp. 7-

Hiding and the Desire to Be Found

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pp. 8-

Eminence

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pp. 9-

Shangri-La

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pp. 10-

Who Knew the Water

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pp. 11-12

Rogers Road

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pp. 13-

Visitor

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pp. 14-

In Your Teeth

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pp. 15-16

Animals

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pp. 17-18

II.

The Fields

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pp. 21-22

Hylas

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pp. 23-24

The Murderer’s Reverie

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pp. 25-

Hercules Reflects on Victory

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pp. 26-

Eurydice

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pp. 27-

Orpheus

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pp. 28-

The Fall

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pp. 29-

After Paradise Lost

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pp. 30-32

III.

Imagining Heaven

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pp. 35-

Darling, at the Inn

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pp. 36-

Decorum: A Study

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pp. 37-

Elegy

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pp. 38-

The Attic

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pp. 39-43

Edema

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pp. 44-

Jeffersonville, Indiana, 1983

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pp. 45-

Florida

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pp. 46-48

Lesson

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pp. 49-50

Acknowledgements

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pp. 51-52


E-ISBN-13: 9780821444917
E-ISBN-10: 0821444913
Print-ISBN-13: 9780821420980
Print-ISBN-10: 0821420984

Page Count: 66
Publication Year: 2014

Edition: 1
Series Editor Byline: John Smith, Will Wordsworth

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