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The Floating Bridge

Prose Poems

David Shumate

Publication Year: 2008

The Floating Bridge, David Shumate’s second collection of prose poems, transports its readers over the chasm between the mundane and the enchanted. We traverse one bridge and find ourselves eavesdropping on Gertrude Stein and her gardener. We take the night bus to Gomorrah to have a look around. Halfway across, each bridge vanishes beneath our feet. Our world shifts. The commonplace begins to glow. We turn the page. Another bridge awaits.

Published by: University of Pittsburgh Press

Title Page, Copyright Page

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Contents

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pp. vii-x

Far Villages

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pp. 1-2

Mannequins

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p. 3-3

Kafka

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p. 4-4

The Next Village

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p. 5-5

Big Brother Loses His Virginity

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p. 6-6

Fresh Fish

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p. 7-7

Pulling a Rabbit Out of a Hat

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p. 8-8

Don Quixote

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p. 9-9

Metaphors

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p. 10-10

Translating a Poem

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p. 11-11

The Overwhelming Sadness of the Earth

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p. 12-12

Plum

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p. 13-13

Wisdom

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p. 14-14

The Orange Flags of Babylon

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pp. 15-16

The Orange Flags of Babylon

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p. 17-17

Learning to Eat a Pomegranate

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p. 18-18

The Yellow Bird

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p. 19-19

Picasso

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p. 20-20

The Headless Saints

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p. 21-21

The Amateur Zen Master

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p. 22-22

Trapped Inside a Haiku Poem

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p. 23-23

The Island of Nirvana

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p. 24-24

Rain

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p. 25-25

The Dreams of Children

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p. 26-26

Trains

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p. 27-27

The Long Road

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p. 28-28

The Bible Belt

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pp. 29-30

The Bible Belt

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p. 31-31

The Gods

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p. 32-32

The Ladders of Purgatory

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p. 33-33

Drawing Jesus

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p. 34-34

Jesus’s IQ

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p. 35-35

Seduction

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p. 36-36

The Jewish Ghetto

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p. 37-37

Boarding the Bus to Gomorrah

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p. 38-38

Zero

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p. 40-40

Halo

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p. 41-41

The House of Death

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p. 42-42

Paris

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pp. 43-44

The Bedouins of Paris

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p. 45-45

Spring in Paris

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p. 46-46

Lucifer

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p. 47-47

The Kissing Institute

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p. 48-48

Pornography

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p. 49-49

French Foreign Legion

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p. 50-50

Gertrude Stein’s Gardener

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p. 51-51

Dying Park

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p. 52-52

The Gates of Paris

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p. 53-53

An American in Paris

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p. 54-54

Paris, USA

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pp. 55-56

The Floating Bridge

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pp. 57-58

The Floating Bridge

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p. 59-59

Making a Forest

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p. 60-60

A Visit with Dalí

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p. 61-61

North Wind

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p. 62-62

Children’s Book Illustrations, circa 1890

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p. 63-63

Learning Italian Slowly

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p. 64-64

A Poem I Wrote Thirty Years Ago

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p. 65-65

Chinese Restaurant

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p. 66-66

Welcome Home, Children

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p. 67-67

The History of the Umbrella

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p. 68-68

While I Sleep

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p. 69-69

The Fish

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pp. 70-72

Acknowledgments

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p. 73-73


E-ISBN-13: 9780822990765
E-ISBN-10: 0822990768
Print-ISBN-13: 9780822959892
Print-ISBN-10: 0822959895

Page Count: 88
Publication Year: 2008

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

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