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The Switching/Yard

Jan Beatty

Publication Year: 2013

In Jan Beatty’s fourth poetry collection, she takes us through the ravaged landscape of the American West. In unflinching lines of burning lyric and relentless narrative, she forges the constructed body into movement. What is still stereotyped as the romantic journey—now becomes as scarred as the Rust Belt. What lives in our collective unconscious as the Golden West becomes almost surreal, as these poems snap that vision in half with extended description of ghost explorers. We see the open truck cab, the farm workers on the corner waiting for pick-up; we see the speaker returning west to find the long-abandoned story of the birthfather. There is no stable landscape here except the horizontal action of moving through. Landscape becomes story. In this extended tale of the idea of family, we find stand-ins for the father in the form of a hit man, Jim Morrison, and ultimately the unyielding road takes the place of the body. The Switching/Yard is at once the horizontal world of the birth table where babies are switched, the complex yard of the body where gender routinely shifts and switches, and the actual switching yard of the trains that run the inevitable tracks of this book.

Published by: University of Pittsburgh Press

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 1-5

Contents

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pp. vi-vii

Visitation at Gogama

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pp. 1-2

California Corridor /

California Corridor

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pp. 5-6

My Mother Was a Dress

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pp. 7-17

|Revenant|

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pp. 8-18

We Cover Our Heads Like Deer

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pp. 9-19

Sister as Moving Object

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pp. 10-11

Outside the Carnegie Library, Oakland

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pp. 12-22

Three Faces and All These Fallen Gods

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pp. 13-14

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Delicious

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pp. 17-27

White Girl in a Record Store

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pp. 18-28

American Revolver

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pp. 19-29

Top-10 List

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pp. 20-21

Youngest Known Savior

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pp. 22-32

|| adventures of birthmother ||

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pp. 23-33

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Reading Wanda Coleman on the California Zephyr

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pp. 24-26

...three hundred miles away, but the ground starting to shape differently....

The Switching/Yard / /

The Switching/Yard

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pp. 29-31

The Hit Man

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pp. 32-33

jimi dream

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pp. 34-44

Driving While Wet

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pp. 35-36

Her Steerage

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pp. 37-47

Memoir w/warriors

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pp. 38-48

In the Staging Area

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pp. 39-40

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Ghostdaddys

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pp. 43-44

Switching

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pp. 45-55

Dear American Poetry

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pp. 46-56

Stein: Letter to a Young Rilke

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pp. 47-57

The Dealer in the Natural World

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pp. 48-49

Body Snatchers

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pp. 50-52

Approaching Denver / Union Station / / /

Approaching Denver/Union Station

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pp. 55-56

|| adventures of birthmother ||

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pp. 57-67

Sticking It to the Man

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pp. 58-68

Shrink

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pp. 59-60

Company Car

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pp. 61-71

Monument to the War Dead

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pp. 62-63

Blind

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pp. 64-66

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Drinking the Lizard King

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pp. 69-79

Crosschecking

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pp. 70-80

Why I Don’t Fuck Intellectuals

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pp. 71-81

Lovely

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pp. 72-82

On Leaving the 5th Funeral in 15 Weeks

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pp. 73-83

In Waking: Summer

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pp. 74-84

dear fresno

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pp. 75-76

Notes on a Nevada Flood

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pp. 77-78

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Notes

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pp. 81-82

Acknowledgments

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pp. 83-85


E-ISBN-13: 9780822978701
E-ISBN-10: 0822978709
Print-ISBN-13: 9780822962410
Print-ISBN-10: 0822962411

Page Count: 80
Publication Year: 2013

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

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