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BARBARIC MERCIES

GAYLORD BREWER

Publication Year: 2003

"Gaylord Brewer’s Barbaric Mercies is a book of extraordinary and delightful individuality. Alternately aggressive, outrageous, whimsical, and heartfelt, the poems are never predictable but always authentic. The author has such a genius for phrasing that there are many lines that make the reader stop and sigh or smile. A dark and delicious volume." —Dana Gioia

Published by: Red Hen Press

Frontmatter

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pp. 1-8

Contents

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pp. 9-14

Transport of the Dead

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pp. 15-16

Section I: Tennessee Walking

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pp. 17-18

Beloved Monster

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p. 19-19

The New Me

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p. 20-20

My Murder

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p. 21-21

My Suicide

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pp. 22-23

The Hemingway Look-alike Society

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pp. 24-25

King

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pp. 26-27

Christ, the End

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pp. 28-29

Moving the Stone

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p. 30-30

Ode to Leonard Cohen and Yogi Berra

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pp. 31-32

Carnations

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p. 33-33

July 4th

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pp. 34-37

Hamlet in Centennial Park

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p. 38-38

Section II: Cave de Lesvault

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pp. 39-40

A Mystery

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pp. 41-45

Late

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p. 46-46

Loser Take All

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p. 47-47

To the Boy I Killed

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p. 48-48

Our New Calendar

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p. 49-49

This Summer

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p. 50-50

Isolation

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p. 51-51

In the Cave

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pp. 52-53

When I Take a Walk

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p. 54-54

Blessings of the Cynic

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p. 55-55

Lean Into It

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p. 56-56

Section III: The N.A.L.L.

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pp. 57-58

My Own Medicine

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p. 59-59

Suicide Curve

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p. 60-60

You Build a Fire for Sunday

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p. 61-61

A Map for Leaving

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pp. 62-63

Animals, Food and Language

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p. 64-64

After a Disagreeable Conversation

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p. 65-65

The French Language Revealed

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p. 66-66

The Man Who Married the Wind Divorces

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p. 67-67

Vanya Morning

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p. 68-68

Sonata to Sun and Repose

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p. 69-69

Provisions

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p. 70-70

Man’s War against Depression

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p. 71-71

Why Eating Alone Is Fortunate

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p. 72-72

Chagall’s Grave

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p. 73-73

Ode to Favorite Trousers

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p. 74-74

Ode to a Paring Knife

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p. 75-75

Apology to the Reader

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p. 76-76

Tough

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p. 77-77

Being Lon Chaney, Jr.

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p. 78-78

Section IV: Day One

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pp. 79-80

My Parents Weren’t Drunks

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p. 81-81

The Opposite of Desire

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p. 82-82

You’re Fine

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p. 83-83

Sweet Dominion

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p. 84-84

Ciao Frankie

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p. 85-85

Odysseus after the Sales Meeting

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p. 86-86

Mistress Irony and the Death of the World

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p. 87-87

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Biographical Note

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p. 88-88

Gaylord Brewer is a professor at Middle Tennessee State University, where he founded and edits Poems & Plays. He has published 500 poems in journals, six chapbooks, and three ...


E-ISBN-13: 9781597096560
Print-ISBN-13: 9781888996678

Page Count: 88
Publication Year: 2003

Edition: First