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Calamity Joe

Brendan Constantine

Publication Year: 2012

Reality has begun to show its age. Have you noticed? Joe has. Calamity Joe is the pen name of the mysterious narrator in a new kind of poetry collection. Spending his days in a lab, talking to mice & microbes, he will soon be the last living member of his family. More and more, life seems to hint at its syntax, and Joe feels that he can just make out the page he inhabits. Drastic measures are called for, but for what? Poet Brendan Constantine hasn’t crafted another novel in verse, but a secret life revealed by poetry. Open it anywhere and be rewarded with poems that stand alone; read it from the beginning and discover the deeper context that ties every image together. As with his previous collections, Constantine employs countless approaches to poetry and no single style dominates. Looking through Joe’s eyes, we understand that life has no single story, that love is not a single feeling, and that consciousness may be an act of sheer will.

Published by: Red Hen Press

Title Page, Copyright, Acknowledgments, Dedication

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pp. 1-8

Contents

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pp. 9-12

The Cast

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pp. 13-16

Part 1. Once

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pp. 17-18

Prelude

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p. 19-19

Difficult Listening Time

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p. 20-20

The Legend Of Joe

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p. 21-21

The Intervention

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pp. 22-23

Before The Flood

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pp. 24-25

Splay

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pp. 26-27

The Horse You Rode In On

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p. 28-28

The Drowned Brother

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pp. 29-30

The Legend Of Joe

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p. 31-31

Joe

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p. 32-32

Section 2. The Calamities

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p. 33-33

There they are

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p. 33-33

An Animal Hospital

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p. 34-34

The sick, the injured, the slow

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p. 35-35

There they are again

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p. 36-36

Give you back

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p. 37-37

Nobody’s daddy but my own

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p. 38-38

Lily

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p. 39-39

We left the room and didn’t

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p. 40-40

This is Calamity

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p. 41-41

The words

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p. 42-42

Part 2. Twice

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pp. 43-44

The Search Party

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p. 45-45

Litany

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pp. 46-47

The Legend Of Joe

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p. 48-48

A Horse Named Death

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p. 49-49

In the Shrine of the Mynah Bird

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p. 50-50

Rara Avis

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pp. 51-52

Joe Dreams Of The Old Man & The Sea

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pp. 53-54

The Missing Girl’s Horse

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pp. 55-56

Supplement–The Old Man Lets Us Have It

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pp. 57-60

Compline

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p. 61-61

The Legend Of Joe

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p. 62-62

Joe Again

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p. 63-63

Section 2. The Formalities

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p. 64-64

My mother ate Queen Anne

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p. 64-64

My brother once held up

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p. 65-65

My father used to swim

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p. 66-66

Go gentle,

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p. 68-68

Out there the words are black

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p. 69-69

Grief

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p. 70-70

Bring the old man downstairs,

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p. 71-71

I don’t remember why

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p. 72-72

Consider the spiders

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p. 73-73

The Japanese beetle

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p. 74-74

Understand this,

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pp. 75-76

Part 3. The Charm

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pp. 77-78

Ship Your Horse

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pp. 79-80

New Math

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pp. 81-82

The Legend Of Joe

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p. 83-83

My Favorite Story Is This One

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p. 84-84

The Body

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pp. 85-86

A Brief History of The Theater

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p. 87-87

Tragoedia

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p. 88-88

Flight Out of Guest Bedroom

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pp. 89-90

Retreatise

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p. 91-91

The Legend Of Joe

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pp. 92-93

Joe One More Time

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pp. 94-95

Section 2. The Calm

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p. 96-96

A dead man doesn’t walk into a bar

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p. 96-96

The shape of my name

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p. 97-97

Swear

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p. 98-98

The boy in the next room is mine

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p. 99-99

Which brings us to God

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p. 100-100

How many doors

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p. 101-101

I’ve found an answer in the bones,

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p. 102-102

I dreamt I was your finger,

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p. 103-103

Know this:

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p. 104-104

Poem

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p. 105-105

The boy has come back,

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p. 106-106

Cover your eyes,

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p. 107-107

Dies Irae (Day of Wrath)

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pp. 108-111

About the Author

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p. 112-112


E-ISBN-13: 9781597093217
Print-ISBN-13: 9781597091763
Print-ISBN-10: 1597091766

Page Count: 112
Publication Year: 2012

Edition: First

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