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Hungry Moon

By Henrietta Goodman

Publication Year: 2013

With intimacy and depth of insight, Henrietta Goodman’s Hungry Moon suggests paradox as the most basic mode of knowing ourselves and the world. We need hunger, the poems argue, but also satisfaction. We need pain to know joy, joy to know pain. We need to protect ourselves, but also to take risks. Though the poems are drawn from personal experience, Goodman shares the conviction of such poets as Anne Sexton and Louise Glück that when the poet writes of the self, the self cannot be exempt from culpability. Goodman’s speaker ranges through time and locale—from exploring the experience of flying in a small plane with her lover/pilot over the landscape of the American West to addressing the grief and retrospective self-scrutiny that arise from a friend’s death. Like the work of Mark Doty and Tony Hoagland, Goodman’s poems embrace concrete particularity, entangled as it is with imperfection and loss: “the Quik Stop’s fridge full of sandwiches and small bottles of livestock vaccines,” “the black, hammer-struck moon of your thumb,” “the empty water tower, one rusted panel kicked in like a door.”

Published by: Center for Literary Publishing

Cover

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p. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. 2-6

Contents

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pp. vi-viii

Part I

Hungry Moon

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pp. 3-12

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Dog with Stick of Dynamite

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pp. 4-13

...of skin from his skull, ripped his cheek as though it had split ...

After Birth

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pp. 5-14

Aurora

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pp. 6-15

Fly or Crawl

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pp. 7-16

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Witchwater

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pp. 8-17

...here, the night stuck on pause at that point where everything?s eating canned corned beef hash, grown-ups watching whatever?s on, ...

Outside the Video Store

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pp. 9-18

The Path to Immortality

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pp. 10-19

Where Sadness Comes From

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pp. 11-20

Canada

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pp. 12-21

Clay Pigeons

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pp. 13-14

Part II

First Flight

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pp. 17-26

Navigation

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pp. 18-27

The Wind I Mean

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pp. 19-28

Airborne

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pp. 20-29

Willful Blindness

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pp. 21-30

Fairy Slipper

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pp. 22-31

Ground Effect

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pp. 23-32

Two on the Ground

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pp. 24-33

Quiscalus Mexicanus

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pp. 25-34

Embarking

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pp. 26-35

After Fighting We Fly

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pp. 27-28

Part III

In a Clearing

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pp. 31-40

Magnetite

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pp. 32-41

Destrudo

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pp. 33-42

What Lets You Win

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pp. 34-43

Object Lesson

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pp. 35-44

Parting Gifts

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pp. 36-45

Fire Season

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pp. 37-46

Hell: Detail of a Couple in Bed

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pp. 38-47

Matryoshka

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pp. 39-48

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Penelope at the Wheel

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pp. 40-49

I?m tired of listening to the old man with a pocket of chew in his bottom lip slur his way through the same question again and again. Out the window, the water tower floats, a bloated fish ringed with over my palm, across the callus at the base of each finger, then held an ice cube, let it melt where he drew it down between my breasts. ...

Spring Wedding

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pp. 41-50

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A Dozen Roses

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pp. 42-51

...when I have to stop for a man in a dirty T-shirt crossing the street It?s like passing a wreck, the way I want both to avert my eyes ...

Part IV

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Telling It

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pp. 45-54

I was a kamikaze pilot, they gave me a plane, I couldn?t fly it. it?s years too late. He said what you did wasn?t done until you told it. The problem now is still what it was then?he can?t tell ...

What You Don’t Know

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pp. 46-55

Seventeen

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pp. 47-56

Not Falling, Not Fallen

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pp. 48-57

Hunger

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pp. 49-58

Elegy For the Last Time

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pp. 50-59

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This is How You Can Tell

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pp. 51-60

If a girl ever drives three hours alone to a bar where she?s too if you pull over where the road splits and she pulls over behind you and you sit in her car drinking coffee from a thermos while hand before you go, a band of bluish light already spreading in ...

Solution

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pp. 52-61

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Thermodynamic Elegy

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pp. 53-54

...to imagine what it?s like. Where the trail crosses a rockslide, ...

Acknowledgements

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pp. 55-57


E-ISBN-13: 9781885635327
E-ISBN-10: 188563532X
Print-ISBN-13: 9781885635310
Print-ISBN-10: 1885635311

Page Count: 64
Publication Year: 2013

Series Title: Mountain West Poetry Series; Stephanie G'Schwind & Donald Revell, Series Editors