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In the ice house

Genevieve Kaplan

Publication Year: 2011

Genevieve Kaplan's In the ice house offers an innovative meditation on domestic life and the physical world that surrounds it, chronicling "at least the beginnings of some disaster" taking place in a landscape that "had no symmetry." Her poems reveal an atmospheric and wondrous world filled with odd and compelling images. Readers confront the menace of the ordinary, "the whale-faced spout of the drainpipe, the cluck / of the chicken-bird" and how “the light attacks / the window and the stress of the shining / does not ease.” The poet's insistent evocation of elemental images—the birds, the ice, the water—becomes almost incantatory, as the speaker seeks escape from "the frantic outside" she's trapped within. Kaplan's sky "has the depth / of an ocean," and this book deeply articulates how "silence is the only word that can replace loss." Moving artfully between internal desires and incisive observations of the external, these stunning poems radiate with both heat and ice.

Published by: Red Hen Press

Title Page, Copyright, Acknowledgments

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Contents

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pp. 7-10

Epigraph

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pp. 11-12

A Pace that Quickens as Night Goes on

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pp. 15-17

The One that Calls to Me and the One I Request by Name

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p. 18-18

The Ice Storm

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p. 19-19

The Landscape

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p. 20-20

The Landscape

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p. 21-21

The Ice Storm

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p. 22-22

The Forest and the Trees

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p. 23-23

Begin by Counting Sheep, White Buds on the Plant as They Appear

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pp. 24-25

In the Lack of My Voice

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pp. 26-27

The Ice Storm

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p. 28-28

The Forest and the Trees

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p. 29-29

The Birds

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p. 30-30

In the Kitchen

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p. 31-31

An Unpeaceful Symbol

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pp. 32-33

The Birds

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p. 34-34

The Birds

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p. 35-35

The Sky a Negative of Itself: the White Days Fading

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pp. 36-37

The Ice Storm

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p. 38-38

The Ice Storm

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p. 39-39

The Ice Storm

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p. 40-40

Winter, Reflected in our Keen Houses

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p. 41-41

As Lightning Pounds What is Dust to the Ground

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p. 42-42

The Ice Storm

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p. 43-43

The Birds

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p. 44-44

The Ice Storm

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p. 45-45

The Bird Noises that Do Not Acknowledge Us Talking

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p. 46-46

The Ice Storm

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p. 47-47

In the Kitchen

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p. 48-48

The Landscape

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p. 49-49

I Can Command but Not Mend from My Post in the Village in Winter

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pp. 50-51

The Forest and the Trees

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p. 52-52

The Landscape

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p. 53-53

The Lights How They Hang, How the Night Reels with Them

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pp. 54-55

The Landscape

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p. 56-56

The Landscape

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p. 57-57

This was So Long Ago, and This was Another Time Long Ago

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p. 58-58

The Forest and the Trees

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p. 59-59

The Ice Storm

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p. 60-60

The Ice Storm

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p. 61-61

There’s Not a Wheel that Wouldn’t Fail to Set Me in Motion

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pp. 62-63

The Landscape

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p. 64-64

The Birds

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p. 65-65

Nothing is Dangerous

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p. 66-66

In the Kitchen

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p. 67-67

The Ice Storm

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p. 68-68

The Birds

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p. 69-69

Curiosity is One Wonder, Thunder Another

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p. 70-70

The Ice Storm

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p. 71-71

My Breath that Asks for Air

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pp. 72-73

The Landscape

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p. 74-74

The Forest and the Trees

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p. 75-75

In the Moments of Our Minds Untangling, Each to Each

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pp. 76-77

The Birds

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p. 78-78

The Ice Storm

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p. 79-79

I Don’t Like to Talk About My Taste in Music

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pp. 80-81

In the Kitchen

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p. 82-82

Last Night, You Said, Wait Here

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p. 83-83

The Birds

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p. 84-84

The Birds

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pp. 85-86

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About the Author

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pp. 87-88

Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Genevieve Kaplan is a graduate of UC Santa Cruz and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. The founding editor of the Toad Press international chapbook series, which publishes contemporary translations, she currently lives in Southern California where she is pursuing a PhD ...


E-ISBN-13: 9781597091756
E-ISBN-10: 1597091758
Print-ISBN-13: 9781597094627
Print-ISBN-10: 1597094625

Page Count: 88
Publication Year: 2011

Edition: First

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