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Translations from the Flesh

Elton Glaser

Publication Year: 2013

Translations from the Flesh, Elton Glaser's seventh full-length collection of poetry, is driven by the powerful engines of love and desire. In poems long and brief, playful and intense, Glaser evokes what it feels like "to fall into / Love and its infinite mistakes." In a style that might be described as "flamboyant stoicism" (a phrase from Simon Callow,) he explores our human urgencies and weaknesses, following wherever our appetites lead us, whether hormonal or spiritual, cravings that we struggle to understand. The voice that says "Apprentice me to mysteries of the flesh" speaks for everyone intent on making sense of the body's restless yearning for fulfillment. These poems, with their witty brio and passionate precision of language, agree with Gerald Stern that "the brain / is the best organ for love." At the same time, they are not afraid to get down in the dirt, among the more primitive pleasures. Whatever their bent, from moony aspirations to "rare positions only the wicked know," the poems express Glaser's mission to give voice to those deep pressures that move us, body and soul: "I put my native tongue / To work, open to / The dark instincts of ecstasy."

Published by: University of Pittsburgh Press

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. i-vii

Contents

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pp. viii-x

One

Eastern Winter Time

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pp. 3-13

Evenings Homesick for the Absolute

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pp. 4-5

Regression Analysis

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pp. 6-16

95% of Love Is Half of What You Want

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pp. 7-8

Moon Amour

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pp. 9-19

Hermetically Sealed

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pp. 10-11

Homage to John Ashbery

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pp. 12-22

The Sexual, as Opposed to What

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pp. 13-23

Unrequited Dialogue by Moonlight

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pp. 14-15

Amo, Amas, Amat

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pp. 16-17

Getting It Straight

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pp. 18-19

Spoils

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pp. 20-30

Downloading the Meltdown

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pp. 21-31

Profile in a Shadow Box

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pp. 22-24

Not Dead but Deading

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pp. 25-35

Exhaustion

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pp. 26-36

Solving for the Unknown

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pp. 27-37

Mythos of Honey and Brine

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pp. 28-38

Two

Category Error

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pp. 31-41

Getting Down with the Mofos

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pp. 32-42

Prayer from the Back Pew

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pp. 33-34

No, and I Wouldn’t Name My Cat Cleopatra, Either

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pp. 35-45

Idling through Rinehart’s Brain

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pp. 36-46

Group Therapy for the Bards

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pp. 37-38

Dating Cassandra

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pp. 39-40

Petitions to the Tenderloin

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pp. 41-42

Midnight at the Club Imaginaire

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pp. 43-44

Mad in Manhattan

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pp. 45-55

Fabulous, Just Fabulous

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pp. 46-48

Pitching Woo

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pp. 49-59

Homage to Mr. Bones

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pp. 50-60

Propertius at the Moonlight Lounge and Patio

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pp. 51-52

Toast

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pp. 53-63

Coupling on the Edge of Entropy

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pp. 54-55

Variations without a Theme

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pp. 56-66

Three

À Contrecoeur

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pp. 59-69

Variations in Vertigo

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pp. 60-70

Private Conversations in Public Places

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pp. 61-71

Low Tide on the Sunset Coast

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pp. 62-72

Fantasia on a Phrase from Don DeLillo

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pp. 63-64

It’s Always Warmer by the Fire, When the Wind Blows Cold

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pp. 65-75

Narcissus as Is

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pp. 66-76

And in the Afternoons I Botanized

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pp. 67-70

Zero with an Arrow, Zero with a Cross

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pp. 71-81

First Night 2000

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pp. 72-82

Anecdotal Evidence

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pp. 73-83

Son et Lumiere

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pp. 74-84

Spring Offensive

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pp. 75-85

Elegant Gathering in the Apricot Garden

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pp. 76-86

After the Snows

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pp. 77-87

In Another Life

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pp. 78-81

Ab Ovo

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pp. 82-92

Solo in the Skeleton Key

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pp. 83-84

Acknowledgments

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pp. 85-96


E-ISBN-13: 9780822978558
E-ISBN-10: 0822978555
Print-ISBN-13: 9780822962342
Print-ISBN-10: 0822962349

Page Count: 96
Publication Year: 2013

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

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