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Beasts and Violins

Caleb Barber

Publication Year: 2010

Beasts and Violins is a collection of American narrative poetry addressing themes of life and work in the western United States. The poems read like broken country songs sung from a paved farm: dead deer and train trips, a dog at the edge of the fire. Beasts and Violins begins with a dark birth and finishes at peace on the water, with the necessary stops in between.

Published by: Red Hen Press

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Title Page, Copyright, Acknowledgments

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pp. 1-6

The following poems appeared previously in these fine journals: Alien Sloth Sex: “Dear Old Dads;” Best American Poetry 2009: “Beasts and Violins;” Cascade: “To the Man Driving I-5 with a Rabbit on His Shoulder;” Forge: “Pace;” Fulcrum: “Bellingham’s Favorite Son,” “Camping with Mad, Far from Montana,” and “False Eulogy for the Stillagaumish River;” High Desert Journal: “An Upstream Tow...

Contents

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pp. 7-12

Part I

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pp. 13-14

The False Twin

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pp. 15-16

Dear Old Dads

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p. 17-17

Black Omen

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pp. 18-19

Old Savage

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p. 20-20

Pace

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p. 21-21

False Eulogy for the Stillaguamish River on the Day of Gerald Ford’s Funeral, 1/02/2007

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pp. 22-23

Addressing a Month of Guilt, Driving Near the Camano Island Exit of Interstate 5

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p. 24-24

Report

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p. 25-25

Captain Fidalgo

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pp. 26-27

Craft Island Hunters Wreck the Day,

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pp. 28-29

Machined Parts to Monroe

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pp. 30-31

To the Man Driving I-5 with a Rabbit on His Shoulder

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pp. 32-33

Breakfast with My Best Friend, Who Otherwise Fries Eggs for Pay

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pp. 34-35

Robotic Dawns

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p. 36-36

From the Employee Kitchen

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p. 37-37

The Blue Collar Artist

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p. 38-38

My Boss Is a Jewish Carpenter

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p. 39-39

Blue Stilly

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pp. 40-41

Tavern Woman

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p. 42-42

Over Breakfast

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pp. 43-44

Part II

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pp. 45-46

For the Topless Girls in the Brewery Gulch

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pp. 47-49

The Unofficial Mayor of Bisbee, Arizona

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pp. 50-51

This Southwestern State

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pp. 52-53

What I Liked Best About Living in East Missoula

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p. 54-54

The Buck

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p. 55-55

Into Days Between Snow

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pp. 56-57

House on Colorado Avenue

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pp. 58-59

What I Could Have Done to East Missoula

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p. 60-60

Past the Cascades

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p. 61-61

In the Morning It’s Evil on the Bedside Table

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p. 62-62

Trans Wales

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p. 63-63

Horse Drawn Boat

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pp. 64-65

Farming in County Sligo, County Leitrim

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pp. 66-67

Piebald Birth on Josie’s Makeshift Farm

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pp. 68-70

They Couldn’t Even Kill Their Television

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p. 71-71

I Went in with My Hands Up

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pp. 72-73

Beasts and Violins

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pp. 74-75

Camping with Mad, Far From Montana

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pp. 76-77

Now That the Brown Pelicans Have Flown Elsewhere

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pp. 78-79

The Paranoid

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p. 80-80

Part III

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pp. 81-82

Bellingham’s Favorite Son

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p. 83-83

Beast in Me

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p. 84-84

What All Foxes Know (Two Ways Out of Their Burrows)

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p. 85-85

Teaching the Beasts

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pp. 86-87

Small Engines

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pp. 88-89

In a Twilight Town

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p. 90-90

An Upstream Tow for an Early Date

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p. 91-91

At the Dedication

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pp. 92-93

Lord of Spores

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p. 94-94

A Morning at Adrift

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p. 95-95

Fixed Beasts

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p. 96-96

Heart Lake: or, Poem for the Mistaken Boy

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p. 97-97

The Fair Kaleetan, Between Friday Harborand Anacortes

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pp. 98-99

Spooky Portrait

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pp. 100-102

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About the Author

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pp. 103-

Caleb Barber lives in Bellingham, Washington, where he works days at an aerospace machine shop. He earned a BA from Western Washington University in English and creative writing, and received an MFA in poetry from the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts off of Whidbey Island. He has been widely published...


E-ISBN-13: 9781597093514
Print-ISBN-13: 9781597094696
Print-ISBN-10: 1597094692

Page Count: 104
Publication Year: 2010

Edition: First

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