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Figured Dark

Poems

Greg Rappleye

Publication Year: 2007

“Rappleye’s poems in Figured Dark come from an imagination without peer. There is nothing predictable about them. As Pound urged his heirs to, Rappleye does make it new, plumbing the palpable ordinary, with a dazzling diversity of images, and through a window we've not looked into before.” —Dan Gerber

Published by: University of Arkansas Press

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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, Quote, Acknowledgments

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Acknowledgments My thanks to the editors of the journals in which these poems first appeared, sometimes in slightly different forms: “Letter to M., from Swannanoa” and “Lilacs, for Instance,” Bellingham Review; “At 48, Walking My Baby Past the Voodoo Lounge,” “The Fish Lamp on the...

Contents

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pp. xi-xii

In the Great Field at Mount Holyoke, under a Dome of Stars

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pp. 3-

Caller, What is your Question?

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pp. 4-5

Rainy Afternoon at the Gotham Book Mart

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pp. 6-7

Not that Happiness

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pp. 8-9

Black Dog

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pp. 10-

Self-portrait, with Epiphany to Come

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pp. 11-

For the Lord G-d Bird, No Longer Extinct

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pp. 12-13

At the Museum of Whiskey History

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pp. 14-

My Mother Thinks She’s Peggy Lee

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pp. 15-

Gentians

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pp. 16-

Near Gatlinburg

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pp. 17-18

After the Divorce

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pp. 19-

After an Illustration by Rockwell Kent ForMoby-Dick, in which a Whale Takes a Dory inits Maw, and Heads for the Bottom of the Sea

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pp. 20-

Lost-Love Ghazals

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pp. 21-22

Feeder

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pp. 23-

Archie Babcock Explains the Accident to John Berryman’s Biographer

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pp. 24-27

Exile Valise

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pp. 28-30

Sail On, Sailor

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pp. 33-35

Making a Path to the Blackberries

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pp. 36-

Figured Dark

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pp. 37-38

Memories of Pittsburgh and Stern

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pp. 39-

American Kestrel

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pp. 40-41

Blue Angels

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pp. 42-43

Mason’s Kitchenettes

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pp. 44-45

The Fish Lamp on the Cover of Coastal Living Magazine

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pp. 46-

Glaucoma

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pp. 47-50

In Ambient Light

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pp. 51-52

Obbligato

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pp. 53-

Letter to M., from Swannanoa

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pp. 54-55

Lilacs for Instance

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pp. 56-

Biopsy

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pp. 57-

After the Diagnosis

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pp. 58-

Swimming at Night

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pp. 59-

Elegy for Light and Balance

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pp. 60-64

III

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pp. 65-

The Body, Burning

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pp. 67-68

Hay Devil

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pp. 69-

Discontinuous Narrative

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pp. 70-71

Letter to the Chairwoman of the ReunionCommittee

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pp. 72-75

Dancing with the Crack Whores, at theHomeless Shelter Run by My Wife

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pp. 76-77

Were We Speaking, Had You Asked

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pp. 78-

Letter to Robert in Gearhart

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pp. 79-

Descent

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pp. 80-

Carolina Woodpecker

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pp. 81-

At 48, Walking My Baby Past the Voodoo Lounge

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pp. 82-83

Blackbirds

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pp. 84-

The Salt Cairn

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pp. 85-

Lepidopterist

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pp. 86-

On a Visit to His Namesake City, St. Paul Walks Six Blocks of Goodrich Avenue

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pp. 87-88

Back Cover

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E-ISBN-13: 9781610751513
E-ISBN-10: 1610751515
Print-ISBN-13: 9781557288523
Print-ISBN-10: 1557288526

Page Count: 70
Publication Year: 2007

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