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Mistaking the Sea for Green Fields

By Ashley Capps

Publication Year: 2006

In her first book, Mistaking the Sea for Green Fields, Ashley Capps sounds like the voice of a fresh generation of poets, where the familiar turns suddenly elliptical, straight talk goes engagingly crooked, and the lyric negotiates with the matter-of-fact. Desperate for something solid to believe in, Capps still mistrusts authority, feeling disenchanted with God, family, eros, even her own impulsive self. And yet while the absence of faith hints at despair, these poems often achieve, almost inspite of themselves, an odd buoyancy. Playful, fearless, wary, there's a dazzling resilience in this book. One poem can make a grand and eccentric claim, "I forgive the afterlife," while another takes as its title something humbler and more poisonous, "God Bless Our Crop-Dusted Wedding Cake." No matter how adrift this poet may feel, poetry itself remains her anchor and lifeline.

Published by: The University of Akron Press

Title Page, Copyright Page

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Contents

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pp. v-vi

I

Hymn for Two Choirs

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pp. 3-

God Bless Our Crop-Dusted Wedding Cake

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pp. 4-5

Reading an Ex-Lover’s First Novel

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pp. 6-

April

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pp. 7-

Inside Facts

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pp. 8-

Ars Poetica

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pp. 9-

Live Feed

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pp. 10-

The Zealot

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pp. 11-

Black Ice

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pp. 12-14

As Surprised by That as by Everything That Followed

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pp. 15-16

II

Hwy 51

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pp. 19-

The Sign Said

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pp. 20-

A La Recherche Du Temps . . . (Six Steps (For Example))

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pp. 21-

To the Dapple Critic

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pp. 22-

Mistaking the Sea for Green Fields

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pp. 23-24

My People

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pp. 25-

Home Stay

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pp. 26-27

Elegy for My Old Urgency

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pp. 28-

December

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pp. 29-

Gripes the Lover Leveled (Leaving)

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pp. 30-

Bottleneck

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pp. 31-

The Wedding

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pp. 32-

Otherwise

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pp. 33-34

III

The Nearest Simile Is Respiration

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pp. 37-38

Public, Scenic

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pp. 39-

All Night City Train

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pp. 40-

I Used to See Her in the Field beside My House

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pp. 41-

To My Friend Grievous

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pp. 42-43

Shane Says

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pp. 44-

Poem on the Occasion of My MRI

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pp. 46-48

Washing the Brain

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pp. 49-50

IV

Encore

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p. 64-64

Porch

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pp. 53-

River

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pp. 54-

The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even

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pp. 55-56

To My Lover, Returning to His Wife

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pp. 58-

Spider Milk

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pp. 59-

Conventional Red

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pp. 60-

Love Poem

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pp. 61-62

Coffin Birth (One Theory, Lord)

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pp. 63-

All the Invisible Animals

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pp. 64-

Those Little Deaths

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pp. 65-

There Is Also the Suffering of Not Obtaining What Is Desired, Although It Is Sought

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pp. 66-

What Constitutes a Proper Planet

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pp. 67-68

Notes

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pp. 69-


E-ISBN-13: 9781935603924
E-ISBN-10: 1935603922
Print-ISBN-13: 9781931968379
Print-ISBN-10: 1931968373

Page Count: 69
Publication Year: 2006

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

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