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The Geographer's Wife

New and Selected Poems

Bart Edelman

Publication Year: 2012

Bart Edelman’s latest poetry collection, The Geographer’s Wife, explores how our sense of environment creates and frames the world we choose to inhabit. The speakers in Edelman’s poems perpetually find themselves in conflict with the world around them. The choices they make sometimes free them to discover a life full of promise, sometimes cast them into uncertainty, and sometimes condemn them to regression. Again and again, the landscapes they visit serve as both boundary and horizon. This sense of place—east, west, north, and south—directs the physical and spiritual movements we often take for granted, as we pass through the days and nights that dictate each one of our journeys.

Published by: Red Hen Press

Title Page, Copyright, Acknowledgments

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Section 1. The Town Clock Burning, 1985

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The Town Clock Burning

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pp. 19-

Race War

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pp. 20-

To Winter

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pp. 21-

The Worker (We Own Two Houses)

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pp. 22-23

How Old Are the People of the World

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pp. 24-

Thunder for the Lady’s Sake

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pp. 25-

Salieri’s Sonnet

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pp. 26-

Something Called a City

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pp. 27-

A Prayer for Women

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pp. 28-

Prose Poem for Claire Fort

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pp. 29-

Blues of a Mumbling Train (The Underground Railroad)

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pp. 30-32

Reading It Over and Over

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pp. 33-

One Hour

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pp. 34-

Section 2. Darvil, 1991, Book One

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XV The Blues Guitar

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pp. 37-

XXII Autobiography of Nine Genres

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pp. 38-

XXXXVI Darvil and the 4th of July

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pp. 39-

XXXXVII Indian Blues

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pp. 40-

XXXXVIII Dog Tag Rag

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pp. 41-

XXXXIX Darvil Meets James Brown in Harlem and New Orleans

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pp. 42-

LII Requiem for the Twenty-First Century

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pp. 43-44

Section 3. Frankenstein Was a Negro, 1993, Darvil Book Two

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Red Neck Soup

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pp. 47-

Frankenstein Was a Negro

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pp. 48-

Poem for the Mad

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pp. 49-50

T.S. Eliot Was a Negro

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pp. 51-

The Blues Sonnet

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pp. 52-

As the Lilac Burned the Laurel Grew, 1999

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As the Lilac Burned the Laurel Grew

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pp. 55-

The Poet’s Daughter

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pp. 56-

Sonnet for Shelley

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pp. 57-

Section 4. Afro Psalms, 2001

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Afro Psalms

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pp. 61-

Young Woman

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pp. 62-

The Wedding Gift

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pp. 63-

Old Woman

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pp. 64-

Old Man

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pp. 65-

Justice

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pp. 66-

Preacher

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pp. 67-

Black Dolls, White Dolls

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pp. 68-

The Great Migration

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pp. 69-

Hometown

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pp. 70-

While the City Sleeps

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pp. 71-

America

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pp. 72-

The Long Hot Summer

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pp. 73-

Stepping Out

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pp. 74-

Othello

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pp. 75-

Section 5. New Poems

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For Two Daughters

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pp. 79-80

There Was History in Their Amber Eyes

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pp. 81-

Something He Called Her Lovely

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pp. 82-

Valentine

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pp. 83-

Ode to Those Not Born in Nebraska

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pp. 84-86

Brother Kenny (Brother Bird)

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pp. 87-88

Little Star

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pp. 89-

Cousin Jack, Little Jack

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pp. 90-

New Year’s Eve

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pp. 91-92

After the Rehearsal

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pp. 93-94

In Memoriam

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pp. 95-97

In a Just and Miniature World

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pp. 98-

The City Born on a River in North Carolina (Wilmington)

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pp. 99-100

To a Young Child Waking

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pp. 101-

There You Were Falling and Beauty Asleep

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pp. 102-103

The Ghost of the World on the Plains

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pp. 104-

Sawdust and Tinsel

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pp. 105-

Under the Volcano

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pp. 106-

Brown Like a Father Close to Death

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pp. 107-109

The Magic Man Held a Blue Crystal Ball

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pp. 110-120

Work for Life in the City

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pp. 121-122

On Being Invisible (For Ralph Ellison)

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pp. 123-129

The Last Black Hippie in Connecticut

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pp. 130-133

The End of the War Gave Us

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pp. 134-136

The Writer at His Desk

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pp. 137-138

Section 6. We Did Not Fear the Father

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We Did Not Fear the Father

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pp. 141-

Section 7. The Vagrant Hours

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The Vagrant Hours

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pp. 145-150

Children Wish for Angels and Dream of War

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pp. 151-

Scale Beautiful

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pp. 152-

Driving Father Down a Mountain Road in Farmington, Connecticut, 1983

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pp. 153-

The Writer Blind

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pp. 154-

Blueblood

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pp. 155-

To Spring

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pp. 156-

Justice

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pp. 157-

Section 8. Lord Melancholy

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The Ugly Man Behind the Little Wood

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pp. 161-163

The Letter Killeth

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pp. 164-

Immortelles

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pp. 165-

Through Blake’s Eyes

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pp. 166-

Old Christmas

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pp. 167-

Section 9. Hollow Ground

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Hollow Ground #1

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pp. 171-176

There Was Glee and Reprisal in the Little Wood

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pp. 177-178

The Dead Shall Be Raised

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pp. 179-180

Dueling Afros

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pp. 181-

The Barber Shop Blues

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pp. 182-

Closer to You than the Stars to Heaven

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pp. 183-

This Was the Breathing Hour

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pp. 184-

Lustgarden

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pp. 185-

Wild Strawberries

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pp. 186-

What We Cannot Know We Have Gifts to Learn

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pp. 187-

Cries and Whispers

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pp. 188-

We Kissed as Lovers Under Widowed Light

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pp. 189-

The Woman Slow-Danced in Satan’s Arms

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pp. 190-

Brother from Another Planet

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pp. 191-

Section 10. Mrs. Belladonna’s Supper Club Waltz

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Chapter One: Mrs. Belladonna’s Supper Club Waltz

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pp. 197-201

Chapter Two: Little Eliot

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Little Eliot

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pp. 205-211

The Hunger of Gravity

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pp. 212-

Hollow Ground #2

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pp. 213-

Index

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pp. 215-219

About the Author

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E-ISBN-13: 9781597093231
Print-ISBN-13: 9781597091695
Print-ISBN-10: 1597091693

Page Count: 120
Publication Year: 2012

Edition: First

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