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The Lame God

M. B. McLatchey

Publication Year: 2013

Winner of 2013 May Swenson Poetry Award
In The Lame God, author M. B. McLatchey reminds us of the inevitable bond between art and empathy. With a controlled language that finds its echo chamber in the immortal themes and characters of classical literature, this courageous work accompanies the author on her journey through a parent’s anguish in the face of a horrific crime. Using the art of poetry she gives voice to a suffering—and a love—that might otherwise go unheard.
 
The May Swenson Poetry Award, an annual competition named for May Swenson, honors her as one of America's most provocative and vital writers. During her long career, Swenson was loved and praised by writers from virtually every school of American poetry. She left a legacy of fifty years of writing when she died in 1989. She is buried in Logan, Utah, her hometown.

Published by: Utah State University Press

Cover

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p. C-C

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Foreword by Edward Field

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pp. ix-x

Let me warn the reader: it takes courage to read this book. This heartbreaking sequence of poems on the abduction of a daughter hit me like a ton of bricks, and I had to put it aside several times. But what courage it took to write it. Though there are many poems on grief, and even on crime—websites are devoted to them—I have never...

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Preface

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pp. xi-2

In his preface to the Lyrical Ballads, Wordsworth insists that the poet’s subject need not come from personal experience, but it must become personal experience. In committing to a regimen of repeated witness in the world, the poet’s very impulses and habits of mind are transformed until, over time, the poet’s work becomes the poet’s life....

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The Rescue

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What the Neighbors Heard

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Amber Alert

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Mandatum

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Apology

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On the Proper Care of Orchids

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The Retrieval

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Museum

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Lullaby for Her Brother

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Kaleidoscope

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On Recognizing Saints

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Morning Offering

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The Golden Bough

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At the Grieving Parents Meeting

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Demeter’s Side

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Snow Globe

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The Rape of Chryssipus

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I See You

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p. 28-28

River of Forgetfulness

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pp. 29-30

Bingo Night for Missing and Exploited Children

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p. 31-31

A Glass of Absinthe

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Catharsis

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The Boy’s Lament

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Little Fits

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Mythology

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Mother’s Day

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Requiem

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p. 42-42

Song of Daphnis

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p. 43-43

Loose Ends

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pp. 44-45

Sanriku

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Teaching the Tragedies

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Girl at Piano

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pp. 48-49

Oaths, Curses, Blessings

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Melville’s Reader

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Joseph Dreams Two Dreams

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Leaving the Mainland

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The Ventriloquist

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p. 56-56

Songs of the Immortals

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The Eviction

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p. 58-58

The Arrangement

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pp. 59-60

Aubade

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p. 61-61

The Lame God

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pp. 62-63

Against Elegies

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pp. 64-65

Acknowledgments

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p. 66-66

About the Author

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p. 67-67

The May Swenson Poetry Award

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p. 68-68


E-ISBN-13: 9780874219098
E-ISBN-10: 0874219094
Print-ISBN-13: 9780874219081
Print-ISBN-10: 0874219078

Page Count: 80
Publication Year: 2013

Series Title: Swenson Poetry Award
Series Editor Byline: John Smith, Will Wordsworth

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