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The Dirt Riddles

Poems

Michael Walsh

Publication Year: 2010

This powerful first collection and winner of the inaugural $5,000 Miller Williams Arkansas Poetry Prize is literally rooted in the earth and in the world of animal husbandry. You can taste these poems about life on a family dairy farm in your mouth. In these lyrical poems we meet a closeted young man, his parents, their herd, and the other flora, fauna, and objects that populate his surreal garden.

Published by: University of Arkansas Press

Front Matter

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

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pp. v-viii

I’d like to thank the following writers who saw versions of these poems, encouraged my vision, and helped me from the start so long ago to the finish: Robert Hedin, Robin Metz, Rachel Moritz, Josie Rawson, and Sheryl St. Germain. Likewise, I couldn’t have completed this manuscript without the years of kindness and support from the faculty in the English ...

Morning Milkings

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p. 3-3

Haying the Fields

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p. 5-5

Flyover

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p. 6-6

Names for Ditch Flowers

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p. 7-7

First Kisses

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p. 8-8

Shore

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p. 9-9

Plantings

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p. 10-10

Buffalo Bones

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p. 11-11

After His Lessons from the Belt

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p. 12-12

Solo

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p. 13-13

Bully

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p. 14-14

Rock Picking

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p. 15-15

Grounding I

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p. 16-16

II.

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pp. 17-18

Against Pastorals

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p. 19-19

Food Chain

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p. 20-20

A Table Prayer

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p. 21-21

Weekly Horoscope

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p. 22-22

Overdue

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p. 23-23

Barn Clothes

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p. 24-24

Animal Diary

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p. 25-25

Fly Grammar

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p. 29-29

Surrogates

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p. 30-30

Mooo

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p. 32-32

New Tenants

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p. 33-33

Family Farm

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p. 34-34

Mud, Apples, Milk

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p. 35-35

Evening Milkings

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p. 36-36

III.

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pp. 37-38

Stalk, Root, Scissors

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pp. 39-41

Blanket Game

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p. 42-42

Burlesque

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p. 43-43

Camouflage

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p. 44-44

Pinup

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p. 45-45

The Dirt Riddles

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p. 46-46

Field Junk

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p. 47-47

Ear, Skin, and Bone Riddles

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pp. 48-50

Grounding II

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p. 51-51

Star Chart

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p. 52-52

Lovers at Night with a Quilt

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p. 53-53

Field Burning

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p. 54-54

IV.

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pp. 55-56

Inheritance

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p. 57-57

The Flood

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p. 58-58

Paper Flesh

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pp. 59-60

Newspapers from 1929

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p. 61-61

Dragline

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p. 62-62

Three Self-Portraits in a Dress

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p. 63-63

Handmade for Disasters

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pp. 64-65

Tornado Junk

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p. 66-66

On Kissing My Husband at a Gas Station

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p. 67-67

Landscape with Forgotten Machines

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p. 68-68

Wish

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p. 69-69

Garden and Grave

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pp. 70-74

Poetry

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p. 75-75


E-ISBN-13: 9781610754156
E-ISBN-10: 1610754158
Print-ISBN-13: 9781557289254
Print-ISBN-10: 1557289255

Page Count: 92
Publication Year: 2010