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Allegheny, Monongahela

Erinn Batykefer

Publication Year: 2009

Using the confluence of rivers in Pittsburgh as a metaphorical lens, Allegheny, Monongahela probes the ruinous misalignment between the external and internal lives of two sisters and their childhood in Western Pennsylvania. Their complex and difficult relationship is the spine of the collection, told obliquely through a series of sonnets and ekphrastic meditations on the paintings of Georgia O'Keeffe: the ways in which they separately navigate a violent family history that reverberates through their present and futures; their polarized impulses toward creativity and self-destruction. Rooted in a mutable, watery landscape that is not consistently recognizable, Allegheny, Monongahela investigates the collisions between the world and the self, the fissured identities that result, and the ways in which art may heal or fail to heal the cracks.

Published by: Red Hen Press

Title Page, Copyright, Acknowledgments, Dedication

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Contents

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pp. 9-12

Part I

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pp. 13-14

Dog Poem

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pp. 15-16

Part II: The Sisters

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pp. 17-18

Apple Family

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p. 19-19

Eureka Vacuum

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p. 20-20

Photo Album

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p. 21-21

Invisible Childhood

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p. 22-22

Cicada Year

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p. 23-23

Pink and Yellow Hollyhocks

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p. 24-24

Camera Obscura

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pp. 25-26

Part III

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pp. 27-28

White Camellia

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p. 29-29

The Funeral

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p. 30-30

Death in the Family

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p. 31-31

Work

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p. 32-32

The Inheritance

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pp. 33-34

Egyptology

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p. 35-35

Heirloom Recipe

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p. 36-36

Part IV: Leeward

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pp. 37-38

The Red Single

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p. 39-39

First Boyfriend

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p. 40-40

Two Yellow Leaves

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p. 41-41

Night-Blooming Cereus

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pp. 42-44

Blue B and the Train at Ten O’clock

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p. 45-45

Red Hills with White Cloud

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p. 46-46

Pittsburgh as Self-Portrait I

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pp. 47-48

Part V

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pp. 49-50

Pittsburgh as Self-Portrait II

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p. 51-51

Coming into Opera

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pp. 52-54

The Big One

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p. 55-55

The Whiteout

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p. 56-56

Wet Drape

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p. 57-57

Allegheny Love Letter

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p. 58-58

X-ray

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pp. 59-60

Part VI: One, Vanishing

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pp. 61-62

Haute Couture

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p. 63-63

Novena

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pp. 64-65

The Last Natural Blonde in the World

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p. 66-66

The Good Girl

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p. 67-67

Before You Wake

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p. 68-68

Snowmelt

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p. 69-69

Clam Shell

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p. 70-70

Part VII

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pp. 71-72

Night from Above

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p. 73-73

Dénouement

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p. 74-74

The Experiment

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p. 75-75

Sky with Flat White Cloud

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p. 76-76

Horizontal Horse’s or Mule’s Skull with Feather

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p. 77-77

Watershed

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pp. 78-79

In O’Keeffe’s From The Lake, No. 3,

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pp. 80-82

Notes

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pp. 83-86

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About the Author

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pp. 87-88

Erinn Batykefer’s work has earned numerous awards, including a Martha Meier Renk Distinguished Poetry Fellowship at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and a Stadler Poetry Fellowship at Bucknell University, where she also served as Stadler Associate Editor of West Branch. She is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ...


E-ISBN-13: 9781597093736
Print-ISBN-13: 9781597091343
Print-ISBN-10: 1597091340

Page Count: 80
Publication Year: 2009

Edition: First