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Prop Rockery

by Emily Rosko

Publication Year: 2012

Art is about something the way a cat is about the house," says Allen Grossman. This is abundantly true of Emily Rosko's poems in Prop Rockery, a condition she defines with a quote from King Lear: "a looped and windowed raggedness." And while this condition is "pretend," and these poems are indeed virtuoso performances, the despair, loneliness, lies, and miscommunication they examine are as real as anything in art. Parataxis and fragments meet rhyme and chewy-on-the-tongue Anglo Saxon diction at the axis of postmodern irony. Prop Rockery explodes in your mouth-no sugar, plenty of bite. -Natasha Sajé, author of Bend and Red Under the Skin

Published by: The University of Akron Press

Title Page, Copyright Page

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Acknowledgments

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pp. vii-

Prologue

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pp. 1-

Prop Rockery

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pp. 5-6

[In thy dumb action will I be as perfect]

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p. 16-16

[All with me’s meet that I can fashion fit]

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pp. 8-

And So It Was Done Riding the Horse Backward

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pp. 9-

Troupe Song

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pp. 10-

[Like boys unto a muss kings would start forth]

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pp. 11-12

[Time and the hour runs through the roughest day]

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pp. 13-

[So that they seeme, and covet not to be]

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pp. 14-

[Accoutred as I was I plungèd in]

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pp. 17-

Jib Riddle

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pp. 18-

Tract Song

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pp. 20-

Mare’s Nest

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pp. 21-23

[The world is deceived with ornament]

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pp. 24-

Bell, Book, and Candle

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pp. 25-

[The lady stirs]

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pp. 26-27

The Suit, a Letter

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pp. 28-

Rose

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pp. 29-

Superstition

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pp. 30-

Siren Song

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pp. 33-

A Tundra of Misapplications

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pp. 34-35

[The nature of bad news infects the teller]

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pp. 36-

Timbered

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pp. 37-

To Pasture

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pp. 38-

Dispatch: At a Limp, Not at a Gallop

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pp. 39-

Stuffed and Strung Up for the Birds

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pp. 40-

[How easy is a bush supposed a bear]

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pp. 41-

Aubade

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pp. 42-

Cloudland

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pp. 43-44

Stock, Still

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pp. 45-

[If they would yield us but the superfluitywhile it were wholesome]

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pp. 49-

Monarchy

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pp. 50-

[Yet let me have the substancerough, not the shadow]

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pp. 51-

Solar Complaint

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pp. 52-

Lunar Complaint

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pp. 53-

[Cut is the branch that might have grown full straight]

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pp. 54-

King of the Boars

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pp. 55-

Two-Bit Song

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pp. 56-

[But yet I run before my horse to market]

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pp. 57-

[As I have done the rest of my misleaders]

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pp. 58-

Prop Rockery Reprised

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pp. 61-

Albatross

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pp. 62-

Accumulation Song

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pp. 63-

A Final Procession for the Pattern Maker

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pp. 64-

The Songless Ha-Ha

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pp. 65-

[I was not made a horse]

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pp. 66-67

[I can drink with any tinker]

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pp. 68-

[The juggler casteth a mist to work the closer]

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pp. 69-

Ballad of the Face in the Rock

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pp. 70-71

[Let me be thought too busy in my fears]

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pp. 72-

Finale

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pp. 73-

Notes

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pp. 75-77


E-ISBN-13: 9781937378295
E-ISBN-10: 1937378292
Print-ISBN-13: 9781937378165
Print-ISBN-10: 1937378160

Publication Year: 2012

Series Title: Akron Series in Poetry

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