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A Broken Thing a broken thing Poets on the Line Edited by Emily Rosko and Anton Vander Zee university of iowa press, iowa city University of Iowa Press, Iowa City 52242 Copyright © 2011 by the University of Iowa Press www.uiowapress.org Printed in the United States of America Design by Ashley Muehlbauer Nopartofthisbookmaybereproducedorusedinanyform or by any means without permission in writing from the publisher. All reasonable steps have been taken to contact copyright holders of material used in this book. The publisher would be pleased to make suitable arrangements with any whom it has not been possible to reach. The University of Iowa Press is a member of Green Press Initiative and is committed to preserving natural resources. Printed on acid-free paper Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data A broken thing: poets on the line / edited by Emily Rosko and Anton Vander Zee. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. isbn-13: 978-1-60938-054-0 (pbk.) isbn-10: 1-60938-054-1 (pbk.) 1. Poetics. 2. Poetry—History and criticism. I. Rosko, Emily, 1979– II. Vander Zee, Anton. pn1055.b766 2011 808.1—dc22 2011007472 Thus a poem is tough by no quality it borrows from a logical recital of events nor from the events themselves but solely from that attenuated power which draws perhaps many broken things into a dance giving them thus a full being. —william carlos williams, Kora in Hell ...