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Ark

John Isles

Publication Year: 2003

John Isles's Ark is about the people and events that pass through a life, leaving a void; about finding a presence in that absence and waking up to the realities of the present moment. It is concerned, at its watery heart, with discovery and confrontation, uncovering and witnessing, whether it be the new world, “the world behind every blouse,” or the tender mysteries that can only be seen through the eyes of belief: that which “starts the wild grasses trembling.”

With its deft maneuvers through both a historical and an emotional landscape, Ark speaks to us with a truly contemporary voice of authoritative vulnerability while never faltering into sentimental digressions. This uncanny authority at the helm of our ark continually surprises us, unfolding its lyrical gems and treasures culled along the journey, letting us in on the inscrutable facts of this life.

Published by: University of Iowa Press

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. iii-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

I

To A Pretending Leaf

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p. 3-3

Static Report

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p. 4-4

Carrion Days

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p. 5-5

Sirens

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p. 6-6

Out of the Past

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pp. 7-8

Elegy for the Present Moment

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p. 9-9

Small Traveling Islands

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pp. 10-11

General Trees

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p. 12-12

II

Covenant

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pp. 15-16

West of Here, North of True

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pp. 17-18

The Evangelist of Fish

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p. 19-19

City Upon a Hill

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p. 20-20

Saint in the Wilderness

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p. 21-21

New World Narratives

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pp. 22-23

The Old Hunting Grounds

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p. 24-24

The Night-Flier’s Song

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pp. 25-26

Western Landscape with Storm

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p. 27-27

Natural History

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p. 28-28

Every City

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pp. 29-30

III

How the Dead Kiss

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pp. 33-42

IV

The Blouse Keeps Opening

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p. 45-45

The Wounded Angel

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p. 46-46

Our Daughter

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p. 47-47

Impossible Garden

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p. 48-48

As One with Foot in Mouth

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p. 49-49

Like Freedom

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p. 50-50

Outlaws, According to the Movies

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pp. 51-52

In the Erogenous Zone of the Body Politic

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pp. 53-54

Notes

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pp. 55-58


E-ISBN-13: 9781587294457
E-ISBN-10: 1587294451
Print-ISBN-13: 9780877458609
Print-ISBN-10: 087745860X

Page Count: 68
Publication Year: 2003

Edition: 1
Series Title: Kuhl House Poets