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Lingo

By Clare Rossini

Publication Year: 2006

In “Foreword,” the opening poem of Clare Rossini’s new book, Lingo, the poet exclaims: “Don’t tell me the tongue’s / Not a magical place.” And who would argue the point after reading these poems in which the body and spirit of language bring such joy, from a toddler’s garbled imitations to the ripe lines of Shakespeare? Whether in the Midwest or New England, in elegies or celebrations, Rossini takes comfort in the miracle of words, where the homely and exotic can flourish at the same time, like the thought of flamingoes in Minnesota (“Rice County Soliloquy”). Rossini treats both the human and the natural world with tenderness and good-hearted humor, her wit and compassion as impressive as the bravura of plainspoken poetry. Out of such grace come the graceful poems of Lingo.

Published by: The University of Akron Press

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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Contents

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pp. vi-vii

I. First Snow

“Life Before Birth,” A Display

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pp. 3-

Half-Price Suite at the Park Central

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pp. 4-

Summering in the Midwest

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pp. 5-

The Painter Goes Fishing

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pp. 6-

You Left Me to This House

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pp. 7-

Vision and Prayer

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pp. 8-9

How to Tempt a Fish

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pp. 10-11

From Abstinence, N.H.

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pp. 12-13

Final Love Note

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pp. 14-

To Mount Monadnock in Fog

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pp. 15-16

First Snow

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pp. 17-18

Eve to Adam, in Retrospect

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pp. 19-

The Wood-Burning Stove

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pp. 20-21

Valediction

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pp. 22-

To the Curious Reader

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pp. 23-24

Mortal Thoughts

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pp. 25-

II. Claudia Poems

The Young Men of Division Street

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pp. 29-

Curriculum Vitae

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pp. 30-31

The Good Fortune of Others

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pp. 32-

Calla Lily Studies

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pp. 33-

Self-Portrait as Woman Posed on Flowered Couch

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pp. 34-35

En Route

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pp. 36-37

Red Light, Roma

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pp. 38-

Il Monte

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pp. 39-40

The Imperial Forum

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pp. 41-

The Sistine Chapel

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pp. 42-

Back to the Mega-Store

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pp. 43-

Nightmare

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pp. 44-

Meditation, Mid-December

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pp. 45-46

Still Life with Pear

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pp. 47-48

Out of Love

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pp. 49-

A Dialogue in the Park

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pp. 50-

Among Cows

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pp. 51-

The Pleasures of Perspective

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pp. 52-

III. Leave of Absence

Preface to a Gesture

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pp. 55-56

Elegy in Four Parts

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pp. 57-60

To the Peony

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pp. 61-

To the Tiger in the Shriners’ Parade, Hanover, N.H.

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pp. 62-

A Mourning Dove in New York City

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pp. 63-

For a Friend Since Youth

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pp. 64-65

After the Stillbirth, Autumn

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pp. 66-

An Imaginary Tapestry

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pp. 67-

To Helen, from Moose Island, Maine

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pp. 68-

Fra Angelico’s Annunciation, Convent of San Marco

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pp. 69-

After the Old Testament Lecture,Taking the Shortcut Home

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pp. 70-71

The Lighthouses Are Automated

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pp. 72-

Winter Morning with Crow

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pp. 73-74

A Freighter in Eastport

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pp. 75-

Leave of Absence

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pp. 76-

Notes

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pp. 77-


E-ISBN-13: 9781935603900
E-ISBN-10: 1935603906
Print-ISBN-13: 9781931968294
Print-ISBN-10: 1931968292

Page Count: 80
Publication Year: 2006

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

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