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All-Night Lingo Tango

Barbara Hamby

Publication Year: 2009

This collection is a love letter to language with poems that are drunk and filled with references to the hyperkinetic world of the twenty-first century. Yet Zeus and Hera tangle with Leda on the interstate; Ava Gardner becomes a Hindu princess; and Shiva, the Destroyer, reigns over all. English is the primary god here, with its huge vocabulary and omnivorous gluttony for new words, yet the mystery of the alphabet is behind everything, a funky puppet master who can make a new world out of nothing.

Published by: University of Pittsburgh Press

Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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pp. vii-viii

Ode to Anglo Saxon, Film Noir, and the Hundred Thousand Anxieties that Plague Me like Demons in a Medieval Christian Allegory

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pp. 3-4

Who Do Mambo

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pp. 5-6

Working at Pam-Pam’s

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pp. 7-8

Ode on Laundry, Lester Young, and Your Last Letter

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pp. 9-10

9 Sonnets from the Psalms

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pp. 11-15

A Birdman to You, Baby

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pp. 16-17

Ode to Airheads, Hairdos, Trains to and from Paris

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pp. 18-19

Mambo Cadillac

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pp. 20-21

O’ahu Mambo

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pp. 22-23

II: Lingo Sonnets

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pp. 25-52

Aloha, Dad, Au Revoir, Goodbye

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pp. 27-

Betty Boop’s Bebop

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pp. 28-

Caliban Passes His Driving Test on the Ninth Try

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pp. 29-

Desdemona Resuscitated by Sir John Falstaff, EMT

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pp. 30-

Elizabeth Cady Stanton Writes the Dictionary

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pp. 31-

Friday Slams Crusoe

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pp. 32-

Ganymede’s Dream of Rosalind

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pp. 33-

Hope Revived: The Road to Baghdad

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pp. 34-

I Find an Entrance to Hell

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pp. 35-

Jane Austen Rewrites Hamlet with Interruptions by Russian Poets

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pp. 36-

Karen, David, and I Stop across the Streetfrom the Pitti Palace

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pp. 37-

Lysistrata Lectures the Gods

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pp. 38-

Mr. Nollie Hinton Talks to Me while I Test-Drive His 1955 Studebaker

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pp. 39-

Nietzsche Explains the Übermensch to Lois Lane

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pp. 40-

Olive Oyl Thinks about Quantum Theory

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pp. 41-

Punk Puck or Robin Goodfellow with Fender Stratocaster

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pp. 42-

Queen Mab Blues or Quick, Run for Cover, She’s Reading Horace Again

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pp. 43-

Raskolnikov Rates the Plays

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pp. 44-

So Says Cleopatra, Reincarnated as a Hippie Chick, circa 1967

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pp. 45-

Titus Woos Titania

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pp. 46-

Ulysses Talks with Freud about the Underworld

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pp. 47-

Venus and Dogsbody, a Match Made in New Jersey

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pp. 48-

Whatever, As You Like It, Part Two

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pp. 49-

Xerox My Heart, Three-Headed Dog

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pp. 50-

Yorick’s Soliloquy

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pp. 51-

Zeus, It’s Your Leda, Sweetie Pie

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pp. 52-

III

All-Night Lingo Tango

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pp. 55-56

Ode on Dictionaries

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pp. 57-58

Ode to Odor, Ardor, and the Queen’s Chickabobboo

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pp. 59-60

Ode to Diagramming Sentences in Eighth-Grade English Class with Moonlight, Drugs, and Stars

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pp. 61-62

Ode on My 45s, Insomnia,and My Poststructuralist Superego

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pp. 63-64

Ode to Fear

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pp. 65-66

Ode on Cake, Catcalls, Eggswith a Minor Scary Reference to the End of the World

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pp. 67-68

Ode to Little Boys

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pp. 69-71

Ode to White Peaches, Pennies, Planets, and Bijou, the Dog

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pp. 72-73

Ode on the Letter M

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pp. 74-75

Notes

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pp. 77-78

Acknowledgments

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pp. 79-80


E-ISBN-13: 9780822990949
E-ISBN-10: 0822990946
Print-ISBN-13: 9780822960171
Print-ISBN-10: 0822960176

Page Count: 88
Publication Year: 2009

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