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Primitive Mentor

Dean Young

Publication Year: 2008

The ninth collection for this Pulitzer Prize finalist, who remains as entertaining, imaginative and inventive as ever.

Published by: University of Pittsburgh Press

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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Dear Reader

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pp. 1-2

1

What Form after Death

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p. 5-5

Disappearing Ink

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p. 6-6

Washing in Cold Water

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p. 7-7

Self Search

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pp. 8-9

The Great Loneliness

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p. 10-10

Gruss

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p. 11-11

Look at Quintillions Ripen’d & Look at Quintillions Green

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pp. 12-13

Mannerist

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pp. 14-15

My Outlook on Life

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p. 16-16

Enter Fortinbras

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p. 17-17

Psalm

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p. 18-18

2

Flood Plain

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p. 21-21

Desert Ode

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pp. 22-23

Liverwurst

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p. 24-24

Wheelchair Race

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pp. 25-26

Revolutions Tend toward Orthodoxy

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pp. 27-28

Gawker

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pp. 29-30

From the Get-Go

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pp. 31-32

Admissions Policy

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pp. 33-34

Sex with Strangers

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pp. 35-36

Poem on a Theme by Tony Hoagland

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pp. 37-38

Force of Rabbit

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pp. 39-41

Briar

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pp. 42-44

3

You

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p. 47-47

Learning to Live with Bliss

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pp. 48-49

Triage

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p. 50-50

Fire Ode

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p. 51-51

Ash Ode

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p. 52-52

Lots of Questions

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p. 53-53

Earth Science Lab Partner

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pp. 54-55

Private Waterfall

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pp. 56-57

Lives of the Primitives

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pp. 58-59

Pelt

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p. 60-60

Lives of the Orphans

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pp. 61-62

Sparkler

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p. 63-63

An Orgasm Is a Spaceship

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p. 64-64

Our Kind of People

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pp. 65-66

My Itty Void

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p. 67-67

Procession

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pp. 68-70

4

Half Story Half-Life

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p. 73-73

The Hour Light Streams through the House

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p. 74-74

Scatteration

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p. 75-75

Acorn Hitting a Tin Roof

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p. 76-76

The Pure Intention of the Hornet

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pp. 77-78

Today They Will Show Me the Homunculus

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pp. 79-80

Like My Older Sister

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pp. 81-82

Blue Limbo

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pp. 83-84

Rose Prick

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p. 85-85

Oddly Folded Bird

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p. 86-86

Grave Tour

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pp. 87-88

Exit Exam

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pp. 89-90

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Afterward

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p. 93-93

Acknowledgments

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p. 94-94


E-ISBN-13: 9780822978213
E-ISBN-10: 0822978210
Print-ISBN-13: 9780822959915
Print-ISBN-10: 0822959917

Page Count: 104
Publication Year: 2008

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