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The Coal Life

Poems

Adam Vines

Publication Year: 2012

In many of the poems in The Coal Life, Adam Vines, an avid outdoorsman and former professional landscaper for nearly twenty years, explores the cultural landscape of Alabama coal-mining camps in the first half of the twentieth century and how the industry can shape and distort a cultural text similar to the way it contorts and upturns the physical landscape.

Published by: University of Arkansas Press

Cover

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pp. c-ii

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. iii-vi

Acknowledgments

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pp. vii-viii

Contents

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pp. ix-2

Prologue and Return

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p. 3-3

Red Mountains

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p. 4-4

Burying the Dead

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p. 5-5

The Baptist Steeple

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p. 6-6

Threat of Spring

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p. 7-7

Tracks

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pp. 8-9

Path

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p. 10-10

I Wake to Find I Am Not Awake

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p. 11-11

The Cleaving

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p. 12-12

Return to Steinhatchee

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pp. 13-14

Ashes and Dust

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p. 15-15

Almost Clean

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p. 16-16

Worm Grunters

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p. 17-17

Darwin Dreams of the Second Coming

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p. 18-18

Toilet Flowers

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pp. 19-20

Magritte’s Daemon

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p. 21-21

Wild Kingdom

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pp. 22-23

Hamlet beside the Stream

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p. 24-24

Coaxing the Coal Back to Life

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p. 25-25

Overburden

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p. 26-26

On Speaking with an Old Schoolmate after His Physics Lecture at a Local University

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pp. 27-28

Elegy for Jessica Hayden

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p. 29-29

Offerings

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p. 30-30

Mine Rats

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pp. 31-32

Eden’s Oranges

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p. 33-33

After Bloody Mary’s Death

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pp. 34-35

Back Door

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p. 36-36

Reclamation

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p. 37-37

Tulips and Pigs

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pp. 38-39

The Other Woman

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p. 40-40

Charter

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p. 41-41

Gauguin’s Bed

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p. 42-42

Mountain of Fire

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p. 43-43

“La mar es una puta”

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p. 44-44

Floundering

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pp. 45-46

On Reading Huckleberry Finn

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p. 47-47

Stake Horse

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pp. 48-49

The Mule

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pp. 50-51

Grabbing

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p. 52-52

Methane

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pp. 53-54

Some Like It Hot

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p. 55-55

Mayflies

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pp. 56-57

Take Over

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p. 58-58

Brick Hammer and Broken Watch

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pp. 59-61

The Motel Room

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p. 62-62

Mantrip

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p. 63-63

The Old Salt’s Brag

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pp. 64-65

Worms: Georg Cantor, From Halle Sanatorium, 1884

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p. 66-66

Epilogue and Return

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pp. 67-72


E-ISBN-13: 9781610754965
E-ISBN-10: 1610754964
Print-ISBN-13: 9781557289803
Print-ISBN-10: 1557289808

Page Count: 67
Publication Year: 2012

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