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The City She Was

By Carmen Giménez Smith

Publication Year: 2011

“When you open this book, expect serious role-playing and syntactic tap dancing. The City She Was presents a world that brings ‘the horizon line into your lexicon’ and a poet’s muse (‘The Endangered You’) is lent to a friend and returned ‘a little more frayed.’ Giménez Smith muddles and enchants with her many masks, leaving the ground a little less stable under our feet.” —Matthea Harvey, author of Modern Life, Sad Little Breathing Machine, and Pity the Bathtub Its Forced Embrace of the Human Form

“The human body has only five senses but The City She Was reroutes the architecture of experience so effectively that the reader is awarded a new unnamed sense, a soft power, one that reprioritizes our outdated reality with the gathering infrastructure of the geography of language. The whole aggressive world is this book’s only enemy, and no one tricks absurdity into form, reality into abstraction, injustice into stylized verdict, and contemporary popular culture into a useful, heroic trap of surreal-her-wholeness like Carmen Giménez Smith.”—Thomas Sayers Ellis, author of Skin, Inc. and The Maverick Room

Published by: Center for Literary Publishing

CONTENTS

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pp. vii-ix

ONE

For About Five Minutes in the Aughts

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pp. 3-

Pills

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pp. 4-5

The Walk

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pp. 6-

Vita

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pp. 7-8

Museum of Lost Acquaintance

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pp. 9-11

The City She Was

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pp. 12-14

Bleeding Heart

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pp. 15-

Division

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pp. 16-

TWO

The Science of Parting

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pp. 19-

Beauty Regimen

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pp. 20-

The Grand Tour

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pp. 21-

Pageant of Scrutiny

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pp. 22-

The Skeptic

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pp. 23-

In-Between Elegy

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pp. 24-

The Endangered You

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pp. 25-

Stockholm Syndrome

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pp. 26-

Lunatics on My Avenue

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pp. 27-

Let Down My Bucket

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pp. 28-

Bay Bridge Abstraction

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pp. 29-

The If of Omission

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pp. 30-31

Civilizing Mission

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pp. 32-33

Smaller, Quieter

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pp. 34-

Red Baroness

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pp. 35-36

THREE

Mistakes Were Made

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pp. 39-

My Fire and Fever Fussy

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pp. 40-

Soft Power

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pp. 41-42

Ars Amatoria

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pp. 43-45

The Terms

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pp. 46-

Don’t Get Out Much Anymore

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pp. 47-

Rival

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pp. 48-

My Open Sesame

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pp. 49-

Redaction

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pp. 50-

Under a Wan Sun

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pp. 51-

Malaprops

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pp. 52-

Sometimes There’s a Virgin

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pp. 53-

These Halting Plaints

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pp. 54-

Don’t I Disappear

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pp. 55-

My Hegemony

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pp. 56-57

Anodyne

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pp. 58-

To My Book

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pp. 59-

Notes

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pp. 60-

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 61-

Many thanks to the editors who published these poems in the following publications: 26, A Public Space, Barn Owl Review, Bone Bouquet, Boston Review, Brooklyn Rail, Coconut Poetry, Colorado...


E-ISBN-13: 9781885635235
E-ISBN-10: 1885635230
Print-ISBN-13: 9781885635198
Print-ISBN-10: 1885635192

Page Count: 64
Publication Year: 2011

Series Title: Mountain West Poetry Series
Series Editor Byline: Stephanie G'Schwing and Donal Revell, Series Editors

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