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Scared Text

By Eric Baus

Publication Year: 2011

Marvelously sustained and densely rhythmic, this tightly constructed whole is built of parts that, at each level, all the way down to the phrase, constitute poems in themselves. Baus manages to keep a cast of words in constant replay until many of them take on the presence of character, and some emerge as characters themselves­—Minus and Iris, for instance—­keeping the whole on the verge of a narrative project that remains always just barely out of reach, just barely in another world in which language and animal endlessly interleave. Baus has opened a new literary field: the linguistic bestiary, a new zoo where words pace like fauves behind ever-thinning bars.” —Cole Swensen, contest judge and author of Greensward, Ours, and The Glass Age

Published by: Center for Literary Publishing

Contents

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pp. vii-x

Minotaur Stable

GLASS EAR

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pp. 3-

ATTIC GRASSES

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pp. 4-

SPOILED SWAN

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pp. 5-

MIRROR SEED

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pp. 6-

A DELPHI

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pp. 7-12

Molting Solos

THE UR-MANE

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pp. 15-

THE WORM’S FIRST FILM

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pp. 16-

VOTIVE SCORES

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pp. 17-

CANARY ARIA

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pp. 18-

MOLTING SOLOS

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pp. 19-

CLONE BURNS

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EGGSHELL PLUMBS

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pp. 21-

Negative Noon

STUPID MOON

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pp. 25-

GLASS DEER

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pp. 26-

GORED OX

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pp. 27-

NEGATIVE NOON

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pp. 28-31

URNED BRAID

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pp. 32-

AN EMBER

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pp. 33-

Puma Mirage

HORNET FLEECE

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pp. 37-

PUMA MIRAGE

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pp. 38-

COMA SILT

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pp. 39-40

EXOSKELETAL GESTURE

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pp. 41-

CLOVERED OHMS

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pp. 42-

Ox Tongue

DOVE BOMB

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pp. 45-

MIGRATORY DOOR

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pp. 46-

VARIANT AQUARIUM

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pp. 47-

LATENT VEINS

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pp. 48-

SPIRAL SCRAP

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pp. 49-

OX TONGUE

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pp. 50-

EGRET EYES

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pp. 51-

Scared Text

SCARED TEXT

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pp. 55-56

Lamb Comb

OWL WOOL

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pp. 59-

DARK SUM

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pp. 60-

AQUA MANGE

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pp. 61-

PARALLEL PUMA

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pp. 62-

CREATURE’S CREATURE

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pp. 63-

LAMB COMB

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STUNNED COVE

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pp. 65-

Flooded Cloud

NEGATIVE MOON

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pp. 69-

SWALLOW ORBIT

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pp. 70-

FERAL DROSS

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pp. 71-

BLACK BEACON

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pp. 72-

FLOODED OUD

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pp. 73-

SISTER SEQUENCE

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pp. 74-

DEER TONGUE

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pp. 75-

IRIS’S SALIVA

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pp. 76-

COMMON CLOUD

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pp. 77-

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 78-

Thanks to the editors of the following magazines: Bayou, Caketrain, Coconut, Dear Navigator, Elective Affinities, Fascicle, Front Porch, Octopus, The Offending Adam, Omnidawn Blog, Hambone, Invisible Ear, The Ixnay Reader, Little Red Leaves, Parcel, Poets.org, Saltgrass, Skein, and Wildlife. Portions of this work were published in ...


E-ISBN-13: 9781885635242
E-ISBN-10: 1885635249
Print-ISBN-13: 9781885635181
Print-ISBN-10: 1885635184

Page Count: 76
Publication Year: 2011

Series Title: Colorado Prize for Poetry

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