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Letters to Guns

Brendan Constantine

Publication Year: 2009

Letters to Guns examines the para-physical natures of love and history, at times re-imagining both. As the poems progress, eight letters arrive written by non-human addressees (a nightgown, a grove of trees, a wooden spoon, others) at random points over the last 2,200 years. They are messages from home and pleas for understanding, warnings and promises of change. These in turn ignite other poems and themes which anticipate the next arrival. Taken together, the letters form an armature, a living skeleton fleshed by real and metaphenomenal experience. Throughout, a variety of styles appears and no single approach to poetry pervades. Singly, these poems should challenge and entertain. As a group they must transform and evolve our experience of sitting down with a book of poems.

Published by: Red Hen Press

Title Page, Copyright, Acknowledgments

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Contents

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pp. 9-10

Dedication

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pp. 11-12

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Introduction

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pp. 13-14

It will come as a surprise to only 5% of Americans that the average, privately owned firearm receives approximately 4.6 letters a year. This is almost ten times that of any household appliance or national landmark. While half of these belong in the category of advertisements, this still works out to roughly 160 personal letters over a 70-year lifespan. ...

Part I. Big Bang

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pp. 15-16

One Million Years BC

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pp. 17-18

Letter IV

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p. 19-19

Cold Reading

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p. 20-20

Aubade

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p. 21-21

Letter II

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p. 22-22

And Abel

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pp. 23-24

Slide Show

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pp. 25-26

When We Lived With The Bomb

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p. 27-27

Meddling

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p. 28-28

The Day The Orchard Burned

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p. 29-29

Apocrypha

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p. 30-30

Letter V

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p. 31-31

Study

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p. 32-32

Invocation of the Squid

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pp. 33-34

Part II. Recoil

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pp. 35-36

Letter VIII

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p. 37-37

And Only Once

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pp. 38-39

Apocrypha

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pp. 40-41

The Need to Leave

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p. 42-42

Meeting The Authors

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p. 43-43

The Missing

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p. 44-44

Letter VI

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p. 45-45

Last Night I Went To the Map of the World and I Have Messages for You

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p. 46-46

Gravelock

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p. 47-47

Kink

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p. 48-48

Shroud

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p. 49-49

A History of Sympathetic Navigation

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pp. 50-51

The Flickers

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p. 52-52

Part III. Stopping Power

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pp. 53-54

Short Cut

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p. 55-55

Unsung Cheese

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pp. 56-57

Letter VII

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p. 58-58

The Two Blind Men at the Jacob Epstein Exhibit

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p. 59-59

Postmortem of President Abraham Lincoln as Observed by a Passing Trawler

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pp. 60-61

The Need to Stay

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pp. 62-63

There

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p. 64-64

Variations on a Theme by Ferdinand Magellan

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pp. 65-67

Letter III

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pp. 68-69

The Bountiful

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p. 70-70

The Wildflowers

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p. 71-71

“The Golden Library Of Knowledge Is A Series Of Books Especially Designed For Today’s Generation Of Young People Eager For Interesting And Factual Knowledge”

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pp. 72-73

Errata

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p. 74-74

Apocrypha

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p. 75-75

Letter I

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pp. 76-78

Notes

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pp. 79-80


E-ISBN-13: 9781597091909
E-ISBN-10: 1597091901
Print-ISBN-13: 9781597091381
Print-ISBN-10: 1597091383

Page Count: 80
Publication Year: 2009

Edition: First

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