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Beneath Stars Long Extinct

Ron Egatz

Publication Year: 2010

The first published collection of poems by Ron Egatz presents a host of narrators describing encounters with characters ranging from washed-up rock musicians to former lovers, airline stowaways to family members. A poet for 25 years to the month of publication of this book, Egatz explores the limits of the lyric narrative poem with subject matter spanning historical events to family snapshots. This collection is a rallying cry for poetry unafraid of being understood, yet not sacrificing lyric quality, music, or emotional depth.

Published by: Red Hen Press

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Title Page, Acknowledgments

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Among the many writers I’ve been fortunate to call my friends, the following individuals have been most supportive of my own writing and generous with their expertise and time: Dick Allen, Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Françoise Brodsky, Kurt Brown, Mark Cox, Tom Disch, Stuart Dischell, Stephen Dobyns, Brooks Haxton, Thomas Lux, Dean Parkin, and Kevin Pilkington. The...

Contents

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pp. 7-10

Dedication

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pp. 11-12

Epigraph

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pp. 13-14

Section 1. Beneath Stars Long Extinct

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pp. 15-16

Valve Job

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p. 17-17

First Motor Vehicle Fatality in America

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p. 18-18

Into First

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pp. 19-20

Airline Stowaways

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p. 21-21

Exsection, Union Army, 1862

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pp. 22-23

Box of Ash

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pp. 24-25

Half-brothers of the North Atlantic

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p. 26-26

My Father Rides with George Raft

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pp. 27-28

Section 2. The Longest Party

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pp. 29-30

The One

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pp. 31-32

Telescope Closing

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pp. 33-34

Roadmaps to Work

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pp. 35-36

Tell Them

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p. 37-37

Requiem for Post-War Happiness

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pp. 38-39

Sergio’s Tribe

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pp. 40-41

Family Dinner, No Truffles

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pp. 42-43

1951

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p. 44-44

Almost Enough

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p. 45-45

Anti-Darwinian

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p. 46-46

After Funerals

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pp. 47-48

Section 3. Goodbyes

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pp. 49-50

Late Again

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pp. 51-52

Choices, 1954

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p. 53-53

World Without End

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pp. 54-55

Something Happens

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p. 56-56

Hart, Weldon, John, and Me

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pp. 57-58

Murmurs

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p. 59-59

Untitled

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p. 60-60

Guitar Show

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pp. 61-62

Ex-girlfriends’ Friends’ Ex-boyfriends

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p. 63-63

Chart into Midlife Straits

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pp. 64-65

Temporal Men

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p. 66-66

Service

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p. 67-67

Elementary School Librarian

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pp. 68-69

Heartworm and the Space Behind

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p. 70-70

Section 4. Nine Months

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pp. 71-72

New Love Versus Viral Load

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p. 73-73

Kissing

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pp. 74-75

In Lieu of Work

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pp. 76-77

In Training

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pp. 78-79

Wedding Date

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pp. 80-81

Rear-ended

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p. 82-82

True East

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p. 83-83

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Notes for Second Summer

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pp. 84-85

Ron Egatz has worked as a bartender, creative director, forklift operator, guitarist, security guard, college English teacher, cab driver, actor, typesetter, summons server, director of commercials and IT consultant. He now runs Camber Press, Inc. Winner of the Glimmer Train Poetry Open and...

The Closest

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p. 86-86

Section 5. Love and Otherwise

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pp. 87-88

Hazel Address

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p. 89-89

Leavening Agents

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pp. 90-91

Passing

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p. 92-92

After Almost Marrying a Woman With Your Name

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pp. 93-94

Maps of Time

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p. 95-95

Baby

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p. 96-96

Notes Concerning the Universal Truth

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pp. 97-98

Minor Rock Star Confessions

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pp. 99-100

Poopie Head

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p. 101-101

Sweet

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p. 102-102

Human Papilloma Virus

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pp. 103-104

Strata Marginalia

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p. 105-105

Brownian Motion

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pp. 106-108

About the Author

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pp. 109-112


E-ISBN-13: 9781597093507
Print-ISBN-13: 9781597094863
Print-ISBN-10: 1597094862

Page Count: 112
Publication Year: 2010

Edition: First

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