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Paul Ruffin

New and Selected Poems

Paul Ruffin

Publication Year: 2010

Ruffin uses alliteration and subtle textured sounds throughout his poetry, making them likeably conversational while full of crafted sound patterns. Ruffin also employs whimsical narratives, coining the word “Necrofiligumbo” in “When the Mummy Became a Mommy.” But, Hill explains, the true power of this book comes from its storytelling. With the new material, readers will encounter compelling, often drop-dead funny storytelling.

Published by: TCU Press

Title Page

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Copyright

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Table of Contents

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pp. v-vii

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Introduction

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pp. 1-3

Paul Ruffin is Texas State University System Regents’ Professor, Distinguished Professor of English at Sam Houston State University, and the 2009 Texas State Poet Laureate. In addition, he is a well-known author, not well-known as in a finalist on...

I.Poems from Lighting the Furnace Pilot (1980)

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pp. 5-19

Lighting the Furnace Pilot

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pp. 6-

Cleaning the Well

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pp. 7-8

Deep-Sea Fishing

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pp. 9-

Calf in an Abandoned Well

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pp. 10-

Hotel Fire: New Orleans

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pp. 11-

After the Fire at the Old Folks Home

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pp. 12-

To a Student on the Front Row

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pp. 13-

To Patsy: Tenth Grade

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pp. 14-

Pompeii

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pp. 15-

The Practice Is Over, Tom Hardy

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pp. 16-

To the Twenty-First Century

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pp. 17-

Trimming a Tree at Forty

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pp. 18-

The High School English Teacher Retires

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pp. 19-

II. Poems from Circling (1996)

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pp. 20-45

Jody Walker: The First Voice

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pp. 21-

Frozen Over

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pp. 22-

Circling

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pp. 23-24

Gigging Frogs

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pp. 25-

Batting Rocks

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pp. 26-

Burying

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pp. 27-

Sawdust Pile

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pp. 28-

Llano Estacado: The Naming

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pp. 29-

Drought

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pp. 30-

Root-Pruning

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pp. 31-

The Storm Cellar

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pp. 32-

Winter Trout

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pp. 33-

Redfish

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pp. 34-

When We Heard the Learned Astronomer Explain the Theory of the Exploding Universe

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pp. 35-

Fever

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pp. 36-

Dressing Up

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pp. 37-

My Son at Communion

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pp. 38-

Buddy Philosophizes after Cutting the Bull

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pp. 39-

Shucking Oysters, or Fishing for Metaphors

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pp. 40-41

Explaining to My Daughter How a Poem Begins

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pp. 42-

The Seine

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pp. 43-

Shrimping

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pp. 44-45

III. Poems from The Book of Boys and Girls (2003)

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pp. 46-64

At the Ruins

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pp. 47-

Nasty Notes at the Academic Conference

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pp. 48-

Returning to the Luxapalila

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pp. 49-50

The Mystery for the Magus

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pp. 51-

The Woman Who Made Love on Frost’s Grave

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pp. 52-

The Female Cousins Teach a Thanksgiving Lesson

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pp. 53-54

The Animal at the Zoo Speaks of His Keeper

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pp. 55-56

To the Celibate

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pp. 57-

Nesting

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pp. 58-

Coronado Heights

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pp. 59-

The Woman and Blood

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pp. 60-

The Leopard Muses on His Spots

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pp. 61-

Redneck with Hair on His Back

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pp. 62-

The Old Game: Boy in Training

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pp. 63-

He Spins His Tires

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pp. 64-

IV. New Poems (2009)

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pp. 65-82

Larry the Lawn Chair Man

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pp. 66-67

Eagle Girl

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pp. 68-

When the Mummy Became a Mommy

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pp. 69-70

Why Amelia Went Down

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pp. 71-72

A Glimpse of the Stone Age, According to Mack Dryden

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pp. 73-75

In 999 Erikson Sailed the Ocean Brine...The Discovery

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pp. 76-77

To an Uncommon Prostitute

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pp. 78-

Diver off Florida Coast Sexually Assaulted by 300-Pound Turtle

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pp. 79-80

Eating Chicken Backs

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pp. 81-82

Acknowledgments

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pp. 83-

About the Author

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pp. 85-


E-ISBN-13: 9780875654485
E-ISBN-10: 0875654487
Print-ISBN-13: 9780875654096
Print-ISBN-10: 0875654096

Page Count: 96
Publication Year: 2010

Edition: 1
Series Title: TCU Texas Poet Laureate Series

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