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The Lesser Fields

By Rob Schlegel

Publication Year: 2009

Winner of the 2009 Colorado Prize for Poetry

"Schlegel's debut, winner of the 2009 Colorado Prize for Poetry, presents a stark, haunted landscape, as expansive as it is lonesome and yet quietly inviting. It's a world where the mind projects its solitude onto nature while nature returns the favor. 'Here and not here,' says Schlegel, 'I breath away/ the parts of myself I no longer require. /A lost lover knits with the natural world after death (Tonight, her name is a leaf covering/ my left eye. The right I close/ for the wind to stitch shut with thread/ from the dress she wore into the grave/ where the determined roots of the tree/ are making a braid around her body);/ elsewhere another lover is able to /fill the bath with everything that has/ Or could ever happen between us,/ imbuing everyday domestic tasks like bathing with symbolic portent in language both straightforward and seductive. A series of haiku-like /November Deaths ekes out little truths (/But for the tip of land/ At which the vessel is aimed/ There is nothing to steady its course/) and another series of Lives asks, in various ways, /Toward what am I drawn?/ Answers are everywhere in this promising first book."—Publisher's Weekly

Published by: Center for Literary Publishing

Title Page, Copyright Page

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Contents

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pp. vii-x

The Lesser Fields

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pp. 1-19

Economy of Winter

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pp. 3-

Ontogeny

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pp. 4-

With Shut Eyes What My Mind Sees Does Not Belong to Me

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pp. 5-6

Icicles Tine Barnward from the Barn’s Shallow Eave

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pp. 7-8

I Pack Her Suitcase with Sticks, Light the Tinder, and Shut the Lid

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pp. 9-

Illuminated Face

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pp. 10-

Near the Creek Emptied of Water

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pp. 11-

Dusk by Flame

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pp. 12-

Allies

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pp. 13-

Lovemaking in America

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pp. 14-

Secrets Objects Share

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pp. 15-

Economy of Winter 2

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pp. 16-

People Live Here

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pp. 17-18

The Lesser Fields

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pp. 19-

November Deaths

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pp. 21-28

The Snow Uncut Is a Field of Orphans

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pp. 23-

She Drops Each Suture from Her Stomach into the Vase on Her Bedside Table

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pp. 24-

A Boy Is Kicking the Stomach of a Dog

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pp. 25-

From a Sheet of Yellow Paper I Cut Bolts of Lightning

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pp. 26-

If Not a Passage Already Dangerous Then None This Hour Feral with Salt and Rockfish Swiveling Wakes at the Water’s Surface as the Strait Swells in the Storm

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pp. 27-

The Lark’s Call Is Smaller than the Field

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pp. 28-

Lives

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pp. 29-52

Lives of Daughter

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pp. 31-

Lives of Greta

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pp. 32-33

Lives of Tree

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pp. 34-

Lives of Name

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pp. 35-

Lives of Furrow

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pp. 36-

Lives of Son

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pp. 37-

Lives of Empire

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pp. 38-

Lives of West

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pp. 39-

Lives of Odin

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pp. 40-

Lives of Lake

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pp. 41-

Lives of Horse

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pp. 42-

Lives of Animal

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pp. 43-

Lives of Method

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pp. 44-

Lives of Morandi

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pp. 45-

Lives of Rot

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pp. 46-

Lives of Modrow

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pp. 47-

Lives of Nathan

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pp. 48-

Lives of Cloth

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pp. 49-

Lives of Forest

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pp. 50-

Lives of Raft

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pp. 51-

Lives of Estuary

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pp. 52-

Notes

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pp. 53-

Acknowledgments

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pp. 54-


E-ISBN-13: 9781885635136
E-ISBN-10: 1885635133
Print-ISBN-13: 9781885635129
Print-ISBN-10: 1885635125

Page Count: 64
Publication Year: 2009

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