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I’ve Been Collecting This to Tell You

Lisa Ampleman

Publication Year: 2012

“In the old story of love and loss, Lisa Ampleman’s I’ve Been Collecting This to Tell You cuts to the core of the matter with concision and subtlety. Hearts are laid bare, dissected, even grown anew. Masterfully structured and alert to the most vital details, this collection has lots to tell us—and a voice at once authentic and lyrical with which to do it.” —Don Bogen

“In these poems, the beloved is a space the speaker moves through—at first with trepidation, then with gathering force—emerging finally into a hard-won world ravishing in its clarity under a brutally beautiful ‘sky pinking up/like a newly healed limb.’ The poems of Lisa Ampleman’s collection don’t flinch, and the reward of their acute seeing is a song that’s sustenance itself.” —Kerri Webster

“Lisa Ampleman’s subtle and beautifully wrought poems make way for the possibility that all is not ‘frenzy’ in this ‘agitated world.’ Although we might be ‘the walking wounded,’ and ‘like Thomas/need scars to believe,’ the poems assure us that we heal, that wholeness and grace await us.” —Eric Pankey

“A prairie is plain, they say—those who have not stood in one. And so, too, is an ordinary heartbreak, until Lisa Ampleman begins to unfold it in these closely observed and quietly surprising poems. Salvation doesn’t live here, but there’s plenty to salvage in the wry, self-effacing metaphors by which she harvests what wisdom experience yields.” —Susan Tichy,

Published by: The Kent State University Press

Title Page, Copyright

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Con t e n t s

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pp. vi-

Acknowledgments

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pp. vii-

Because You Look for Yourself in My Poems

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pp. 1-

I Hesitate

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pp. 2-3

Murmuration

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pp. 4-

Tea Leaves

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pp. 5-

Changes of State

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pp. 6-

The Evening Star

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pp. 7-

Electric

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pp. 8-

Create in Me a Clean Heart

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pp. 9-

Mouth: To Say

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pp. 10-

Lullaby

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pp. 11-

Vernal

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pp. 12-

My Only Deftness

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pp. 13-

The Grip

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pp. 14-

Traveling in Place

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pp. 15-

Letter from the Field of Vision

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pp. 16-

Terms of Belief

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pp. 17-

Clear and Cold

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pp. 18-

Billet-Doux

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pp. 19-

To the City, Asking for Intercession

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pp. 20-21

I’ve Been Collecting This to Tell You

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pp. 22-25

The Story I Tell Myself

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pp. 26-

Notes

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pp. 27-


E-ISBN-13: 9781612776613
E-ISBN-10: 1612776612
Print-ISBN-13: 9781606351109

Publication Year: 2012

Series Title: Wick Poetry Chapbook