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Upper Level Disturbances

By Kevin Goodan

Publication Year: 2012

“Kevin Goodan’s poems embody a quiet, incandescent fierceness, fueled by loss, but still able to seek and find a place to dwell, despite the upper level disturbances he encounters in the disappearance of rivers, the uncertainty of—and fissures in—language, the elusiveness of a god, and the diminishment of rural America. These poems are raw and hyper-honest in their regard of a world in which ‘every moment is a landscape / We enter, depart, at the same time.’ ” —Christopher Arigo, author of Lit Interim and In the Archives; “In Kevin Goodan’s Upper Level Disturbances, we are given the ‘whispered home to the lightning’ where ‘the levees sing of snake-grass burning.’ With a steady hand, Goodan unfurls the line into the rough and jagged physicality of the world until the sublime transcends its earthly frame. These are hard-earned poems, brought back to us from a difficult land. They are ‘prayers . . . adorned with rivets of fire’ within which the ‘laws of nature / Determine all the grief one eye can hold.’ Upper Level Disturbances is one helluva good book, and I recommend it highly. ” —Brian Turner, author of Here, Bullet, and Phantom Noise

Published by: Center for Literary Publishing

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pp. c-v

Contents

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pp. vi-2

COME TAKE THESE WORDS FROM ME

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p. 3-3

A SIGH FOR AVILA

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p. 4-4

WHAT INDICES HAVE BLURRED ME

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p. 5-5

SHOWINGS

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pp. 6-10

WE PASS AND THEY PASS AND SLOW THE WORLD ABIDES

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p. 11-11

AUGUST SINGULARITY

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p. 12-12

LOOKING FOR MY FATHER: CHRISTOPHER SMART, JOHN CLARE

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p. 13-13

RECOVERY

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p. 14-14

OUT OF BRIGHTNESS HAILSTONES, COALS OF FIRE

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p. 15-15

THUS I AM CALLED, THRESHER TO THE FIELDS

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pp. 16-17

TOUCHING HOME

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p. 18-18

REMEMBERING THE FAMILY HOMESTEAD, WHICH IS NOW AN INDUSTRIAL PARK

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p. 19-19

HOW THE SOIL DAMPENS FOR THE LOSS OF THEE

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p. 20-20

UNTITLED

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p. 21-21

SHE CALLED YOUR NAME OVER AND OVER THEN DIED THEY SAID

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p. 22-22

IN THE LEXICON OF RAIN

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p. 23-23

SOFT, AS WHEN A BODY STRUCK

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p. 24-24

AS I SET MERTON BACK INTO THE FIRE

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p. 25-25

SACERDOTES DOMINI

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p. 26-26

A MAN ENTERS THE ROOM HE HAS FORGOTTEN

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p. 27-27

ALBUM

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pp. 28-35

UNTITLED

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p. 36-36

SUMMER’S ORNAMENT

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p. 37-37

SEPTEMBER

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p. 38-38

PATIENCE

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p. 39-39

VISITATION AT THE ASHFORD MOTEL

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p. 40-40

UNTITLED

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p. 41-41

TRYING TO REMEMBER

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p. 42-42

THE FLAME-FRONT I MAINTAIN IS FOR THIS TINDER ONLY

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p. 43-43

DO MY BELLS RING HOURLY IN THE WHITE AIR THAT SURROUNDS YOU?

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p. 44-44

UNTITLED

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p. 45-45

SOMETHING IS ALWAYS SAYING HELLO

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p. 46-46

NOW

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p. 47-47

LAST MOTH BEFORE WINTER

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p. 48-48

LISTENING TO ARVO PÄRT’S FÜR ALINA

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p. 49-49

Acknowledgments

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pp. 50-51


E-ISBN-13: 9781885635266
E-ISBN-10: 1885635265
Print-ISBN-13: 9781885635204
Print-ISBN-10: 1885635206

Page Count: 64
Publication Year: 2012

Series Title: Mountain West Poetry Series
Series Editor Byline: Stephanie G'Schwind and Donald Revell, Series Editors

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