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The Adventures of Ibn Opcit

John Barr

Publication Year: 2013

The Adventures of Ibn Opcit is a two-volume work by John Barr, first president of The Poetry Foundation. Grace, the first volume of this mock epic, is the master song of Ibn Opcit, a Caribbean gardener/poet condemned to die by torture. In a series of jailhouse monologues we hear him descant on justice, on creation, on America, on death and on life after death. In volume two, Opcit at Large, the poet pushes back on his oppressors in three adventures

Published by: Red Hen Press

Book One Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 1-4

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Acknowledgments

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p. 5-5

Grace was first published as a book in 1999 by Story Line Press. The author wishes to thank the book’s editors and readers. A stage version of was performed in 2008 at Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago. The author wishes to thank Bernie Sahlins.

A Note on the Language

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p. 6-6

Contents

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pp. 7-8

The Overruth Hearings

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pp. 9-16

The Eclogues of Opcit

I. Genesises

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pp. 19-26

II. I Been to New York. Once.

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pp. 27-58

III. The Opposite Number

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pp. 59-80

IV. The Death of the Appreciator

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pp. 81-90

V. Eclogue of Afters

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pp. 91-128

VI. The Wings of Man

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pp. 129-135

Biographical Note

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p. 136-136

Book Two Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 137-140

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 5-6

Grace was first published as a book in 1999 by Story Line Press. The author wishes to thank the book’s editors and readers. A stage version of was performed in 2008 at Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago. The author wishes to thank Bernie Sahlins.

Contents

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pp. 7-8

The Afterdammit

Scene 1. Burnt Offerings

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pp. 11-27

Scene 2. Weight Watchers

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pp. 28-36

Scene 3. The Itinerant Poker

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pp. 37-47

Scene 4. A Momoyama Screen

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pp. 48-52

Opcit en Afrique

Scene 1. Breaking News

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pp. 55-61

Scene 2. Air Force 1½

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pp. 62-77

Scene 3. Table Talk

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pp. 78-86

Scene 4. 4-Way Stops

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pp. 87-97

Scene 5. The Citizen at the End of the World

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pp. 98-102

The Last Cosmonaut: A Christmas Tale

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Prologue

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pp. 105-106

When Cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev finally gets back down to Earth next month—after spending seven months longer than he’d planned in space— he may well want to crawl back into his spacecraft. ...

Day 1. Poets Shot from Guns

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pp. 107-113

Day 2. Wish You Were Here

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pp. 114-118

Day 3. The Wild Colonial Boy

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pp. 119-128

Day 4. Ptolemy Was Right

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pp. 129-135

Biographical Note

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pp. 136-272


E-ISBN-13: 9781597092838
E-ISBN-10: 1597092835
Print-ISBN-13: 9781597092739
Print-ISBN-10: 1597092738

Page Count: 272
Publication Year: 2013

Edition: First

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