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American Fractal

Timothy Green

Publication Year: 2009

Each portion forming a reduced-size copy of the whole, a fractal is forever fragmented, both chaotic and ordered, endlessly complex. Timothy Green's American Fractal sees this pattern emerge from the fabric of modern culture, as it navigates the personal, the political, and the metaphysical, in a lyric dreamscape in which an eerie chaos lurks just behind the facade of order--where "what looks like / a river...could be a log," "as if accident were / the fundamental attribute of life." In separate poems, one man sells ad space on his forehead, while another examines the multitudes of his own voice on an audio cassette recorder. Each life is but another section of the fractal, the past and the future two mirrors that face each other to perpetuate the illusion of infinites. At turns evocative and sweetly ironic, Green straddles the line between accessibility and complexity, exploring "how the wind whispers our secrets," how "that little tremor" of understanding "touches your sleeve, lets go."

Published by: Red Hen Press

Title Page, Copyright, Acknowledgments, Dedication

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The Body

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pp. 15-17

Thanksgiving Was Over

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pp. 18-

Some Proof

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pp. 19-

To Montevideo

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pp. 20-

“Fifty-Hour Online Gaming Binge Proves Fatal”

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pp. 21-

Hip

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pp. 22-23

Midnight Mass

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pp. 24-25

Her Face Once

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pp. 26-27

The Memory of Water

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pp. 28-

Poem from the Homeland

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pp. 29-

Poem from Dark Matter

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pp. 33-

Poem for the Valentines

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pp. 34-

Hiking Alone

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pp. 35-36

Hiking Together

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pp. 37-

Beach Scene

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pp. 38-

What Passes for Optimism at MacArthur Park

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pp. 40-

How I’d Explain It

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pp. 41-

Playing Our Part

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pp. 42-

American Fractal

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pp. 43-47

Cooking Dinner

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pp. 51-52

After Hopper

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pp. 53-

Meditation on the Six Healing Sounds

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pp. 54-

“High on Hog”

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pp. 55-

Microcassette

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pp. 56-57

Pot Luck

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pp. 58-

On the Phone My Mother

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pp. 59-

Before the Flood

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pp. 60-61

Diorama

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pp. 62-

Beating Balaam’s Ass

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pp. 63-64

Old Mother Tarantula

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pp. 67-

“Man Auctions Ad Space on Forehead”

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pp. 68-69

The Sense of Being Looked At

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pp. 70-

The Good Times

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pp. 71-

Pluots and Apriums

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pp. 72-73

Cutlery

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pp. 74-75

Impressionism

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pp. 76-77

A Tourist’s Guide Through Big Sky Country

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pp. 78-79

Apocrypha

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pp. 80-

Vigilance: What You’ll Miss

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pp. 81-82

White Noise

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pp. 85-

Applauding the Gods

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pp. 86-87

Saddled

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pp. 88-

The Urge to Break Things

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pp. 89-

Family Tree

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pp. 90-91

The Space of One Nap

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pp. 92-93

The Bending of Birches

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pp. 94-96

A Constant Lack of Hunger

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pp. 97-

Cheers

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pp. 98-99

In the Parking Lot of Our Dreams

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pp. 100-102


E-ISBN-13: 9781597093798
Print-ISBN-13: 9781597091305
Print-ISBN-10: 1597091308

Page Count: 104
Publication Year: 2009

Edition: First

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