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The Revolver in the Hive

Nicolas Hundley

Publication Year: 2013

The Revolver in the Hive takes place in the aftermath of tragedy, where grief is recognizable but contorted into unsettling forms. In this remarkable debut, Nicolas Hundley's poems chronicle with honesty--and often bitter humor--a harrowing journey through loss, death, and mourning. A widow "hauls a sack filled with the limbs of statues," and mourners become "familiar as a pet is familiar, returning years later, / stitched up from experimentation." Juxtaposing such incongruous images, Hundley creates uncanny worlds in which antiquated objects and characters coexist with those from a sinister future, in which wound-dressers and alchemists coexist alongside "heretical machines enacting misdeeds." Religion, fatherhood, and masculinity are all explored in Hundley's tales: a bicycle becomes the subject of worship, inventors act as parents to their machines, and an industrialized human reproduction takes place in factories. In Hundley's hands, words clang together in startling ways, and the repetition of phrases and images leads to unexpected transformations. The poems brilliantly use dream logic to fuel their imagery, even as they call upon a variety of poetic forms--from the prose poem to the sonnet--to evoke literary traditions that recall the gothic and the surreal. Moving and strange, Hundley's poems are unforgettable.

Published by: Fordham University Press

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 1-8

Contents

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pp. ix-x

I

Gothic Novel

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pp. 3-4

Again

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pp. 5-6

The Blood You Let

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pp. 7-19

They

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pp. 8-20

The Ecclesiastic Office of the Bicycle

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pp. 9-21

The Mourners

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pp. 10-22

Sonnet

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pp. 11-23

Portrait with Piano and Axe

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pp. 12-24

Tooth and Blur

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pp. 13-25

Once

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pp. 14-26

II

The Duplications

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pp. 17-18

Fathering the Machine

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pp. 19-31

That’s When I Was Thinking

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pp. 20-32

There Was No Wind

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pp. 21-33

Their Instruments

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pp. 22-34

The Thoughts That Are the Byproductof Your Existence

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pp. 23-24

Altercations with the Maharajah

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pp. 25-37

The Ill

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pp. 26-38

Allegory of the Well-Dressed Man

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pp. 27-39

Two Poems

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pp. 28-40

Public Record

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pp. 29-30

III

Etc.

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pp. 33-48

IV

What the Wires Feed

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pp. 57-63

Widow in the Labyrinth

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pp. 52-64

When We Were Impressionable

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pp. 53-65

Burial Practice

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pp. 54-66

Inventing the Code

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pp. 55-67

Braintree

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pp. 56-68

String Theory

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pp. 57-69

What Remains

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pp. 58-70

When the Device Fails

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pp. 59-71

Gallery of Fathers

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pp. 60-72

Meadow Vacant

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pp. 61-62

Notes and Acknowledgments

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pp. 63-76

Poets Out Loud Prize Winners

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pp. 77-78


E-ISBN-13: 9780823250899
Print-ISBN-13: 9780823250875
Print-ISBN-10: 0823250873

Page Count: 80
Publication Year: 2013

Edition: Cloth
Series Title: Poets Out Loud (FUP)

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Subject Headings

  • Loss (Psychology) -- Poetry.
  • Grief -- Poetry.
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