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The Waiting

Megan Johnson

Publication Year: 2005

In a startling and original poetic voice, Megan Johnson in The Waiting reveals a vigilant young person who has suffered an unmentionable loss and who dismantles and reconstitutes lyric modes in a relentless search for solace. A lyric adventure of grief and search, The Waiting reinvents language from raw materials, driven by intense emotional need.

Published by: University of Iowa Press

Title Page, Copyright

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Acknowledgments

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I

How it comes to pass

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p. 3-3

Tradition, only the present

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p. 4-4

Still life with weave

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p. 5-5

Seasons (trying to align)

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p. 6-6

Circumference

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p. 7-7

Rocket grass

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p. 8-8

A little / more

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pp. 9-10

Enter an empty flowerpot

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p. 11-11

Stage left an umbrella

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p. 12-12

II

Why not matter

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p. 15-15

Why not bombard, all this heat

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p. 16-16

Why not trivialize, surely we love the alphabet

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p. 17-17

Why not forget we came here to get a good look

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p. 18-18

Why not look it up when you don't know what it means

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p. 19-19

Why not examine how time does not change much at all

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p. 20-20

Love poem (tree minus limb and counting)

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p. 21-21

I woke

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p. 22-22

Finding way (an apple or the thunk)

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pp. 23-24

Through my chest, where were you

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p. 25-25

I am inside this flag

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p. 26-26

Rosary

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pp. 27-29

III

The Waiting

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pp. 33-47

IV

Getting ready for time

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pp. 51-53

Hand clap

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p. 54-54

Wing for unaware

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pp. 55-56

Dialogue of sea

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p. 57-57

Nocturne 1

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p. 58-58

Nocturne 2

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p. 59-59

Nocturne 3

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p. 60-60

In the manner of dying

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pp. 61-63

Peephole [Includes list of previous Iowa Poetry Prize Winners]

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pp. 64-66


E-ISBN-13: 9781587295959
E-ISBN-10: 1587295954
Print-ISBN-13: 9780877459248
Print-ISBN-10: 087745924X

Page Count: 76
Publication Year: 2005

Edition: paper
Series Title: Iowa Poetry Prize

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