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Another Creature

Poems

Pamela Gemin

Publication Year: 2010

In Another Creature Pamela Gemin reconciles her generation’s impulse toward personal freedom with its costs as she moves her cast of innocents and outlaws through Midwestern landscapes embroidered with green lawns, blue lakes and raspberry patches eerily wired for sound. Hers are hungry poems, in and of the world, expounding the “flavors and hues, the fragrance and skin / of the merchandise of Earth.”

Published by: University of Arkansas Press

Title Page, Copyright Page

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

Thanks to the following journals in which these poems first appeared, sometimes under different titles: Blaze, “And Woke Up Vanishing,” “My Brother Calls Me from His Boat,” “Tiger”; Chattahoochee Review, “Destiny Car,” “Panic in Detroit”; Cimarron Review, “Dean Walters’ Dream,” “Lucinda’s Voice,” “My Neighbor’s Fence,” ...

Contents

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pp. xi-xii

Part 1

Sweet Engine

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pp. 3-4

Lawns

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p. 5-5

Dean Walters’ Dream

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pp. 6-7

Destiny Car

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pp. 8-9

Another Creature

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p. 10-10

Sparks

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p. 11-11

Girls and Lakes

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pp. 12-13

Fat Woman with Fishburger, Fries

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p. 14-14

My Neighbor’s Fence

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pp. 15-16

Trash Night

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pp. 17-18

Blue Lake Fantasy #4

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pp. 19-20

Lucinda’s Voice

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pp. 21-22

A Smoke

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pp. 23-24

Part II

Morning Swim

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pp. 27-28

A Particular Shadow

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p. 29-29

And Woke Up Vanishing

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pp. 30-32

Minnesota

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pp. 33-34

I Remember How This Song Goes

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p. 35-35

Bottom of the Cup

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pp. 36-37

Room-Darkening Shades

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pp. 38-39

Leaf by Leaf

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p. 40-40

Part III

What’s Going On

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pp. 43-44

My Brother Calls Me from His Boat

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pp. 45-46

My Father’s Drums

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p. 47-47

The Man Who Says Pain Is a Friend

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p. 48-48

Drinking Man

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p. 49-49

Oh Honey

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pp. 50-51

Felonious

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pp. 52-53

Tiger

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pp. 54-55

Eastertide 2003

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pp. 56-57

Covet

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pp. 58-60

Part IV

That Teenage Feeling

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pp. 63-64

Ravenous

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p. 65-65

Desire

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p. 66-66

Newlywed

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pp. 67-68

Faculty Wife with Hummus

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pp. 69-70

The Goat

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pp. 71-72

Panic in Detroit

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pp. 73-74

Still Enough

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pp. 75-76

Raspberries

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pp. 77-78

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This Is Not My Beautiful House

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pp. 79-80

I knew a man once who dared me to take off my clothes and run down a rock jetty into the Atlantic. Dark on the beach and the bars had all closed, a few slow cars cruising A1A, a few lone morning stars. While I was swimming the man took my watch—a lucite-bubbled thing from the 70s, ...

At Ragdale

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pp. 81-82

Junction

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pp. 83-84

Back Cover

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E-ISBN-13: 9781610750219
E-ISBN-10: 1610750217
Print-ISBN-13: 9781557289285
Print-ISBN-10: 155728928X

Page Count: 96
Publication Year: 2010

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