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The Last Person to Hear Your Voice

Philadelphia’s Urban Sphere and Its Environmental Thresholds

Richard Shelton

Publication Year: 2007

While Richard Shelton has been known primarily for his poems dealing with the landscape of the Southwest and the destruction of that landscape, the poems in this book are much more far-ranging, including many poems dealing with soocial issues (the issue of illegal immigration on our southern border, homelessness), historical events (the war in Iraq, the events of 9/11) and attitudes concerning politics and the environment. The poems are filled with sensory images, engaged in the real world, often ironic or simply off-the-wall, and their tone ranges from deeply sad, as in a requiem for Glen Canyon on the Colorado River, to the wildly funny, as in Brief Communications from My widowed Mother.

Published by: University of Pittsburgh Press

Title Page, Copyright

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1. Children of the New Crusade

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pp. 1-33

It Is Raining

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pp. 3-4

The Little Towns of West Texas

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pp. 5-6

Texas Water Tastes like Turpentine

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pp. 7-

In Search of History

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pp. 8-9

At the Round Earth’s Imagined Corners

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pp. 10-11

Politics Last Summer

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pp. 12-

Summer’s Children

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pp. 13-14

Miranda of the Sorrows

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pp. 15-16

6 p.m.

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pp. 17-

Destination

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pp. 18-

Borderland

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pp. 19-

Mother of God

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pp. 20-

Downfall Enters

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pp. 21-

Colin Powell Is in Cairo / Madeleine Albright to Join Think Tank

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pp. 22-

Wee Hour

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pp. 23-

Chicago

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pp. 24-

Yes Miss Emily

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pp. 25-26

One Morning

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pp. 27-28

The Offering

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pp. 29-

Veteran

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pp. 30-33

2. The Pope and the Contortionist

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pp. 35-63

South Paradise

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pp. 37-38

Letter from Cuernavaca

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pp. 39-40

The Cartography of Loneliness

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pp. 41-42

Dichos

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pp. 43-

Here in Mexico

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pp. 44-

Here in Ecuador

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pp. 45-46

The Wrong Room

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pp. 47-

King of Roses

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pp. 48-49

Lugubrious

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pp. 50-51

The Creep

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pp. 52-53

Getting On

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pp. 54-55

A Cinquain and the Moon

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pp. 56-

Therapy Session

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pp. 57-59

The Golden Jubilee

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pp. 60-63

3. Suburban Life as We Know It

The Examined Life

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pp. 67-68

The Glass Slipper

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pp. 69-70

The Hole

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pp. 71-72

If I Were a Dog

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pp. 73-74

The Farm across the Road

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pp. 75-76

Brief Communications from My Widowed Mother

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pp. 77-78

Let Me Tell the One About

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pp. 79-80

Red and Ed and Clyde

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pp. 81-82

Canes

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pp. 83-84

Eros Turannos, Fred and Jo

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pp. 85-86

Catechism When the Kingdom Is in Danger

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pp. 87-88

Runaway

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pp. 89-

Those Who Name Birds

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pp. 90-91

Green Pastures

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pp. 92-93

The Gates of Paradise

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pp. 94-

Lost Languages

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pp. 95-

Light

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pp. 96-

Interview before Departure

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pp. 97-99

Confetti

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pp. 100-

Home Place

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pp. 101-

Glen Canyon on the Colorado (1991)

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pp. 102-107

Acknowledgments

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pp. 109-


E-ISBN-13: 9780822978039
E-ISBN-10: 0822978032
Print-ISBN-13: 9780822959571
Print-ISBN-10: 0822959577

Page Count: 120
Illustrations: 22 b&w photos
Publication Year: 2007

Series Title: Pitt Poetry Series
Series Editor Byline: Ed Ochester

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