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Injecting Dreams into Cows

Jessy Randall

Publication Year: 2012

Jessy Randall’s poems are wholly modern: smart, funny, weird, and friendly. The first poem in this collection, a jokey discourse on metaphor, ends “This poem is like a pillow. I hit you with it.” And indeed, all of Randall’s poems pack a comfy punch, the kind of nudge you might get from a friend who’s a little exasperated with you at the moment but always adores you. Randall writes about robots, love, friendship, video games, Muppets, motherhood, Pippi Longstocking, and the peculiar seductiveness of old Fisher-Price wooden people on Ebay (“Rare Blue Mad Boy”). There’s danger and sadness alongside sweetness and fun, with an awe at the power of language underpinning everything. Randall is partial to the “found poem” and finds her texts in places as unlikely as an airport employee’s patter (“I Am Boarding You at This Time”) or a children’s ballet class (“Ballerinas Do Not Fall on the Floor”), pointing out the poetry of our everyday lives. Even those who think they don’t like poetry may enjoy Randall’s short, deceptively easy poems, bite-size mouthfuls of surprising lyricism, like her description of a game of “Mother, May I”: “I’m moving toward you in slow motion all the time.” In “Tape,” for example, the “little teeth of the dispenser / nibble” the speaker’s fingers “like a lover.” In “The Caveman and the Spacewoman” a dinnertime conversation shows the inevitable gulf between a husband and wife. Sometimes sexy and often funny (in “Phone Sex with You” the speaker vamps in a poncho with a Velcro closure), strange and yet familiar, the poems in Injecting Dreams into Cows will leave you “gasping with delight and deliciousness” like the cantaloupe of “Your Brain.”

Published by: Red Hen Press

Frontmatter

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Metaphors

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pp. 15-

I Am Boarding You at This Time: A Found Poem

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pp. 16-

Anti-Limericks

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pp. 17-

Phone Sex with You

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pp. 18-

Your Brain

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pp. 19-

Harmonium

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pp. 20-

Marital Discord

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pp. 21-

Soft Rock

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pp. 22-

The Library at Night

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pp. 23-

Burning Down the House

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pp. 24-

They Make a Movie of Themselves

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pp. 25-

Fort Building

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pp. 26-

Bruise Time

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pp. 27-

Picture Day

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pp. 28-

Robot in a Maze

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pp. 29-

Robot Listening to Music

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pp. 30-

The Nonexistent Orchard

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pp. 31-

The Mysterious Romance Box

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pp. 32-

Emergency Sexuality

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pp. 33-

Stop All the Clocks

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pp. 34-

Snow

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pp. 35-

Kalypso Shuddered

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pp. 36-

One Day, the Ass-Talker Stopped Talking Out of His Ass

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pp. 37-

I Have to Take a Test: A Found Poem

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pp. 38-39

Dream of the Baby

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pp. 40-41

The Way We Felt Playing Cards

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pp. 42-

Home

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pp. 43-

Wedding Food

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pp. 44-

Here’s Ms. Pac-Man

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pp. 45-

Trouble in Pac-Land

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pp. 46-47

Uninvited

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pp. 48-

Their Hermit Crab Was Restored

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pp. 49-

In the Mind of Elizabeth Blackwell

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pp. 50-51

The Consultant

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pp. 52-

Muppet Suite

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pp. 53-57

A Liar and a Thief

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pp. 58-

I Have a Remote in Each Hand

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pp. 59-

I’m Peculiar

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pp. 60-

The Caveman and the Spacewoman

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pp. 61-

Ballerinas Do Not Fall on the Floor: A Found Poem

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pp. 62-

My Son, When He Is Sick

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pp. 63-

Hideous Games

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pp. 64-65

Deciding to Have a Second Child

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pp. 66-

Why I Had Children

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pp. 67-

Babies Should

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pp. 68-

M is for More

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pp. 69-

Whac-a-Mole

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pp. 70-

Rare Blue Mad Boy

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pp. 71-

The Seductiveness of the Memory Hole

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pp. 72-

Missing Messages

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pp. 73-

Celie at Four

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pp. 74-

The Librarian

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pp. 75-

Fortunes Too Long for Cookies

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pp. 76-77

Tastes Like Purple

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pp. 78-

Ominous, Ominous

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pp. 79-

The Kind of Conversation You Never Had

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pp. 80-

Engines / How You Were Born

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pp. 81-

She Confuses Up with Down

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pp. 82-

Slumber Party at the Aquarium

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pp. 83-

Going to the Library

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pp. 84-

Walking Along the Dictionary

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pp. 85-

Setting the Type

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pp. 86-

Tape

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pp. 88-89

The Usual Forever

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pp. 90-

Something is Chasing You

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pp. 91-

The Gift of X-Rays

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pp. 92-

Pippi, Now

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pp. 93-

Protection

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pp. 94-

Rich People’s Umbrellas

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pp. 95-

How You Lose: A Found Poem

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pp. 96-97

Consider the Mirror

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pp. 98-

The Time Machine

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pp. 99-

In the Past / In the Present / In the Future

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pp. 100-101

Biographical Note

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pp. 104-


E-ISBN-13: 9781597093064
Print-ISBN-13: 9781597092302
Print-ISBN-10: 1597092304

Page Count: 104
Publication Year: 2012

Edition: First