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Circles Where the Head Should Be

Caki Wilkinson

Publication Year: 2011

The poems in Circles Where the Head Should Be are full of objects and oddities, bits of news, epic catalogues, and a cast of characters hoping to make sense of it all. Underneath the often whimsical surface, however, lies a search for those connections we long for but so often miss, and a wish for art to bridge the gaps. “Circles Where the Head Should Be has its own distinctive voice, a lively intelligence, insatiable curiosity, and a decided command of form. These qualities play off one another in ways that instruct and delight. An irresistible book.”—J. D. McClatchy, author of Mercury Dressing: Poems, judge

Published by: University of North Texas Press

Series: Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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Contents

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pp. vii-viii

Acknowledgments

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pp. ix

Cosmogony

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pp. 3

Lares and Penates

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pp. 4-5

Bower Bird

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pp. 6-7

Lady on a Unicycle

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pp. 8

Same Lady, Different Unicycle

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pp. 9

The Truth About Effects

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pp. 10

Genealogy

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pp. 11-13

Girl Under Bug Zapper

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pp. 14

Portrait of the Artist with Toothpick Bridge

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pp. 15

Itinerant

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pp. 16

Mnemosyne

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pp. 17-18

Fisher King

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pp. 19-20

Bildungsroman

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pp. 21-23

II.

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pp. 25-42

The School by the Zoo

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pp. 27

I. Big Sandstone Building in Memory of

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pp. 27

II. Ecce Signum!

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pp. 28

III. Involution

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pp. 29

IV. Swan Song

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pp. 30

V. Dramatis Personae

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pp. 31

VI. Interiors

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pp. 32

VII. Offices

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pp. 33

VIII. “The monkeys make sorrowful noises overhead”

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pp. 34

IX. “I’ve been to the zoo. I said, I’ve been to the zoo”

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pp. 35

X. Perspectives

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pp. 36

XI. Shaping Behaviors

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pp. 37

XII. Women’s Studies

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pp. 38

XIII. Ichnology

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pp. 39

XIV. Ichthyology

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pp. 40

XV. Reciprocity

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pp. 41

XVI. Mutatis Mutandis

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pp. 42

III.

Tactics: A Short Lesson

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pp. 45-46

Portrait of the Artist with Paint-by-Numbers

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pp. 47

Svengali Deck

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pp. 48-49

Plot Twists

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pp. 50-51

Flea Circus

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pp. 52

Felix Culpa

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pp. 53

Epithalamium

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pp. 54-55

Storm and Stress

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pp. 56

Aftermath

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pp. 57-58

Dead Matter

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pp. 59

Assisted Living

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pp. 60-61

Miniatures

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pp. 62-63

The Truth About Distance

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pp. 64-65

A Correlated History of Synchronicity

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pp. 66-67


E-ISBN-13: 9781574413427
Print-ISBN-13: 9781574413090

Page Count: 84
Publication Year: 2011

Series Title: Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry