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Her Slender Dress

By Susan Yuzna

Publication Year: 1996

Her Slender Dress, the first volume of poetry to win the Akron Poetry Prize, follows Virginia Woolf's advice to women writers: to move out of the sitting room and into reality. The staccato, often fragmented, syntax of these poems is an attempt to recreate an attitude of perception in which the postmodern female is "assaulted" by various stimuli with the dizzying speed made possible by the electronic age. The world now happens faster than it can possibly be integrated into an individual consciousness. The postmodern American reality for women consists of a society in which the confrontation with "the streets" (including drug abuse, sexual or physical abuse) can be as immediate, as influential as the previous zone of power and comfort, "home." But motherhood and marriage continue in importance, despite the changing cultural expectations. The title, taken from Blake's "Little Girl Lost" of the "Songs of Innocence," reflects the essential and unifying element of this book: Her Slender Dress is more than a Vogue magazine cover, but may be interpreted as Blake's simple, elegant image of female corporeality. And it is from the physical body, the slender dress, that both the pain and the joy of being female emanate.

Published by: The University of Akron Press

Title page, Copyright, Dedication

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Contents

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pp. viii-ix

One

Her Slender Dress

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pp. 3-4

The Way of the Moth

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pp. 5-7

Shaving the Legs

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pp. 8-

Positively Minneapolis

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pp. 9-

Through the Night

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pp. 10-11

The Cheerleader

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pp. 12-

The Radio

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pp. 13-14

The Long Shadow

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pp. 15-

There Are Pains Which Will Not Be Missed

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pp. 16-17

Crossing Texas by Bus

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pp. 18-19

Two

Meat and Potatoes

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pp. 23-25

The Madonna, Looking Ahead

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pp. 37-27

An Evening at the Fine Line Music Café

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pp. 28-29

The Great Divide

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pp. 30-31

North Avenue East

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pp. 32-

To the Moon Over the Mountain

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pp. 33-

Scanning for Christ

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pp. 34-35

On the Way to Lolo Hot Springs

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pp. 36-

Burning the Fake Woman

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pp. 37-39

Violets

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pp. 40-

The Junkyard

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pp. 41-

The Way of the Moth II: At an Amtrak Station

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pp. 42-44

Three

Poise

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pp. 47-48

Father

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pp. 49-

O Canada

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pp. 50-51

At the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation,I Learn I Am Not Human

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pp. 52-53

Grace, and the Lack Of

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pp. 54-56

Poem for a Redheaded Boy

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pp. 57-

The Red Fox

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pp. 58-60

The Engine Upon Which We Depend

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pp. 61-62

Lament of a Non-Native

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pp. 63-64

Lake Winnibigoshish

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pp. 65-66

History: Real, Invisible

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pp. 67-68

Stopping at Wind Cave

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pp. 69-

Sleepless Everywhere

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pp. 70-72

Notes

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pp. 73-


E-ISBN-13: 9781935603870
E-ISBN-10: 1935603876
Print-ISBN-13: 9781884836244
Print-ISBN-10: 1884836240

Page Count: 73
Publication Year: 1996

Series Title: Akron Series in Poetry
Series Editor Byline: Elton Glaser, Editor

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