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Gone & Gone

Rodney Wittwer

Publication Year: 2012

Gone & Gone takes place at the junctions of desire and despair, memory and mortality. The poems are concerned with the ways in which we try to orient ourselves in an often incomprehensible world—the often contradictory impulses that propel us, the fractious discontent that can stifle us. We attempt to make connections to people, to places, but when does comfort lead to stasis or stagnation? Is transit merely transitory? What is the point of all our "movement" in a world we will most certainly depart? Approaching the desirable but never quite attaining it, the "awful rowing" here is toward balance. Even if the ultimate destination is death (and all the frantic activity in the world can't alter that), we are guided by a capable, discerning voice, or rather, voices, that are channeled, but also absorbed and integrated. There is neither disillusion nor redemption here, just an honest grappling with what being human entails.

Published by: Red Hen Press

Title Page, Copyright, Acknowledgments, Dedication

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Holiday

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pp. 15-

Silly Love Songs

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pp. 16-

There Must Be Music or Fear

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pp. 18-

An Empty House Is the Loudest Music

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pp. 19-

Isn’t, Isn’t Here

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pp. 20-

Two Coasts, The Sea Beside

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pp. 21-23

Border Reports

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pp. 24-

We Are Not Like Other People& Do Not Need Them

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pp. 25-

What You Think of Me

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pp. 26-

Candidate

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pp. 27-

Sibling Rivalry

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pp. 28-29

Parade

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pp. 30-

The Answer Man at the Circus

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pp. 31-

Hungry. Sorry.

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pp. 32-

New Year’s Eve

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pp. 33-

Stay

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pp. 34-35

Gone & Gone

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pp. 36-38

Symphonie Fantastique

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pp. 41-42

What Matters (1984)

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pp. 43-45

The Answer Man at the Arena

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pp. 46-

Drawing the Storm

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pp. 47-49

My Father’s Hands Are Warm

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pp. 50-

The Fear That If You Turn AwayEverything Will Change

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pp. 51-

The Bad Gene

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pp. 52-55

Strong

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pp. 56-

Every Week He Wants To Be Better

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pp. 59-60

Nothing That Lasts

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pp. 61-

Children’s Games (After Bruegel)

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pp. 62-

Confessional

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pp. 63-

Ventriloquist’s Mark

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pp. 64-

Lament

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pp. 65-

Proposal

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pp. 66-

Sunglasses & Hats

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pp. 67-

That Same Joke

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pp. 68-69

The Body’s Case

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pp. 70-71

Not My

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pp. 72-

In Search of the Sublime

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pp. 73-

The Answer Man at the Crucifixion

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pp. 74-

Mother May I

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pp. 75-78

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About the Poet

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Rodney Wittwer is a native of Wisconsin and currently lives in West Medford, Massachusetts. He received a BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1981 and his MA from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University in 1983. After moving to Boston, he spent sixteen years as the director of operations for the Hub Group ...


E-ISBN-13: 9781597093071
Print-ISBN-13: 9781597092371
Print-ISBN-10: 1597092371

Page Count: 80
Publication Year: 2012

Edition: First