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The Invention of the Kaleidoscope

Paisley Rekdal

Publication Year: 2007

The Invention of the Kaleidoscope is a book of poetic elegies that discuss failures: failures of love, both sexual and spiritual; failures of the body; failures of science, art and technology; failures of nature, imagination, memory and, most importantly, the failures inherent to elegiac narratives and our formal attempt to memoralize the lost. But the book also explores the necessity of such narratives, as well as the creative possibilities implicit within the “failed elegy,” all while examining the various ways that self-destruction can turn into self-preservation.

Published by: University of Pittsburgh Press

Title Page, Copyright

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Strawberry

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pp. 1-2

The Invention of the Kaleidoscope

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pp. 5-20

Cherry

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pp. 21-22

A Pornography

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pp. 23-24

The Gokstadt Ship

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pp. 25-26

Armor on Display

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pp. 27-30

What I Did

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pp. 31-32

Bats

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pp. 33-

Song with Dog and Cemetery

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pp. 34-38

Träumerei

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pp. 39-40

Letter Written in Snow

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pp. 41-42

Poisons

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pp. 43-

Post-Romantic

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pp. 44-45

Moth

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pp. 46-47

Night Scenes

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pp. 48-62

Dear Lacuna, Dear Lard:

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pp. 63-64

Canzone

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pp. 65-66

Rubbed

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pp. 67-68

Ode

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pp. 69-72

Peony

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pp. 75-

Acknowledgments

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pp. 77-


E-ISBN-13: 9780822990833
E-ISBN-10: 0822990830
Print-ISBN-13: 9780822959557
Print-ISBN-10: 0822959550

Page Count: 88
Publication Year: 2007

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

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