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A Wild Surmise

Eloise Klein Healy

Publication Year: 2013

A Wild Surmise: New & Selected Poems & Recordings is Eloise Klein Healy's seventh book of poetry and the first that includes an audio component. Included are poems from all her previous collections, including her award-winning first collection, Building Some Changes, as well as Artemis In Echo Park and The Islands Project: Poems For Sappho.

Published by: Red Hen Press

Other Works by the Author, Title Page, Copyright, Acknowledgments, Recordings of the Poems, Dedication

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Contents

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Foreword

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pp. 19-24

We go back, Eloise and I. Far back. In 1978 I was on sabbatical with my family in Arcadia, California. My husband was doing research at Caltech. Arcadia was very pretty, very boring, and the most frighteningly white place I have ever been. Everybody was white except the gardeners. Somebody kindly told us we were one of just two Jewish families in Arcadia. ...

Section I. from Building Some Changes, 1976

Furnishing

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pp. 27-30

Storing Things

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p. 31-31

Minor Leagues

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p. 32-32

Los Angeles

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p. 33-33

The Pope at 7:00 P.M.

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pp. 34-35

Please Forgive Me

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p. 36-36

Reading While Having a Sprained Back

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p. 37-37

Snow Pack Café

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p. 38-38

My Knees in a Love Poem

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p. 39-39

What Is Being Forgotten

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p. 40-40

Section II. from A Packet Beating Like A Heart, 1981

After the Last Call Home

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pp. 43-45

I Live in the City of Los Angeles

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pp. 46-47

Dark

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p. 48-48

A Mile Out of Town

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pp. 49-51

This Darknight Speed

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pp. 52-53

A Packet Beating Like a Heart

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pp. 54-55

Wisdom or the Hungry Thing

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pp. 56-58

My Love Wants to Park

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p. 59-59

Driven to Meet You in Rainy Weather

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pp. 60-61

Entries: L.A. Log

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pp. 62-63

I Spent the Day with You

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pp. 64-65

The Words “Begin Again”

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pp. 66-67

Oh My Emotions These Days

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p. 68-68

Section III. from Ordinary Wisdom, 1981

Dividing the Fields

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p. 71-71

Exhalation

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p. 72-72

Standing Up, Looking In

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p. 73-73

Water

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p. 74-74

To Speak for Human Feelings

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pp. 75-76

Section IV. from Artemis in Echo Park, 1991

Artemis in Echo Park

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p. 79-79

The Real Bears Have Gone North

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p. 80-80

The Valley of the Amazons

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p. 81-81

I Live Where I Live

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p. 82-82

Toltecs

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p. 83-83

The City Beneath the City

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pp. 84-85

The Peahens

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p. 86-86

Artemis

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p. 87-87

This Place Named for Califia

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p. 88-88

Up to Topanga

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p. 89-89

Another Poet Writes About Love

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p. 90-90

Cactus

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p. 91-91

What It Was Like the Night Cary Grant Died

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pp. 92-93

Changing the Oil

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p. 94-94

Moon on the Porch

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p. 95-95

The Concepts of Integrity and Closure in Poetry as I Believe They Relate to Sappho

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pp. 96-98

Wild Mothers

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p. 99-99

This Art, Your Life

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pp. 100-102

Section V. from Women's Studies Chronicles, 1998

Intro to Women’s Studies

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pp. 105-106

Student Evaluation of Intro to Women's Studies

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p. 107-107

The Test

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pp. 108-109

Asking for an Incomplete

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p. 110-110

To Peter in Germany

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pp. 111-114

Section VI. from Passing, 2002

Living Here Now

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p. 117-117

Los Angeles Is a Virgo

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pp. 118-120

Latin from the Mass

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pp. 121-123

The Beach at Sunset

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pp. 124-125

Postcard

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pp. 126-128

Asking About You

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p. 129-129

Louganis

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pp. 130-131

Torn Open

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pp. 132-135

Suite for Young Man Dying

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pp. 136-140

Where I Come From

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p. 141-141

Changing What We Mean

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pp. 142-143

From Los Angeles Looking South

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pp. 144-145

Passing

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p. 146-146

Section VII. from The Islands Project: Poems for Sappho, 2007

Audacious

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p. 149-149

Hardscape

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p. 150-150

The Grackle on the Lawn

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p. 151-151

Wind in Mytilene

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p. 152-152

The Living Fragments

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p. 153-153

The Singing School

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pp. 154-155

Tutelage

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p. 156-156

Why I Call on Artemis, Not Aphrodite

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p. 157-157

My Mothers

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pp. 158-159

The Day After Meeting Her

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pp. 160-161

Sappho, You Must Have Had a Mother

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p. 162-162

If There Were No Books

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p. 163-163

Love Poem from Afar

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pp. 164-165

So the Teacher Jumped Up on the Desk

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pp. 166-167

Working Towards Sappho

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pp. 168-171

Not Disappearing

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pp. 172-173

When Did a Self Begin?

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pp. 174-184

Section VIII. New Poems: A Wild Surmise

A Wild Surmise

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pp. 187-188

Fragments of a Grecian Urn

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p. 189-189

Big Dog Photo

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pp. 190-191

Calling Upon the Saints Including Titanium

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pp. 192-193

At the Altar of the Peregrine

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Persephone and Demeter

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p. 195-195

Mr. Twister

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p. 196-196

Memorize This

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p. 197-197

The Summer She Died

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p. 198-198

Oh, Dr. Surgeon

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p. 199-199

Looking Up at the Ceiling

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pp. 200-201

The Arborist

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p. 202-202

After Seeing the Hockney Retrospective

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p. 203-203

It Didn’t Seem Dangerous

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pp. 204-205

Redeemed

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pp. 206-208

The Warring States Period

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pp. 209-211

Selling My Mother’s House

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pp. 212-213

The Last Breakup

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pp. 214-216

Since You Asked

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p. 217-217

Shrine and Ashes

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pp. 218-219

Wáng Wéi Did Not Paint a Fire

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pp. 220-221

The Motion Picture Retirement Home, Two East: What Is She Reading?

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p. 222-222

La Brea

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p. 223-223

What Marries You

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pp. 224-225

Escucha, Mi Vida

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pp. 226-227

This Next Attempt Will Be Meta-poetical

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pp. 228-230

What Does Death Want from Me?

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p. 231-231

American Jisei

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pp. 232-233

Spitball

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p. 234-234

And Having Broken into Blossom

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p. 235-235

True Love

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pp. 236-238

Index of Poems

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pp. 239-242

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About the Author

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p. 248-248

Eloise Klein Healy is the author of seven books of poetry and three spoken word recordings. She was the founding chair of the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Antioch University Los Angeles where she is Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing Emerita. ...


E-ISBN-13: 9781597092814
E-ISBN-10: 1597092819
Print-ISBN-13: 9781597097598
Print-ISBN-10: 1597097594

Page Count: 248
Publication Year: 2013

Edition: First