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Rookery
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Traveling to the most intimate extremes of the human heart

 

Fraught with madness, brutality, and ecstasy, Traci Brimhall’s Rookery delves into the darkest and most remote corners of the human experience. From the graveyards and battlefields of the Civil War to the ancient forests of Brazil, from desire to despair, landscapes both literal and emotional are traversed in this unforgettable collection of poems. Brimhall guides readers through ever-winding mazes of heartbreak and treachery, and the euphoric dreams of missionaries. The end of days, the intoxication of religion that at times borders on terror, and the post-evangelical experience intertwine with the haunting redemptions and metamorphoses found in violence. These tender yet ruthless poems, brimming with danger and longing, lure readers to “a place where everyone is transformed by suffering.”

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Prayer for Deeper Water
  2. p. 1
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  1. 1. (n) Colony of rooks
  2. p. 3
  1. Aubade with a Broken Neck
  2. p. 5
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  1. Aubade with a Fox and a Birthmark
  2. pp. 6-7
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  1. Dueling Sonnets on the Railroad Tracks
  2. pp. 8-9
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  1. Aubade in Which the Bats Tried to Warn Me
  2. p. 10
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  1. Aubade in Which I Untangle Her Hair
  2. pp. 11-12
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  1. Oneiromancy
  2. p. 13
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  1. Aubade with a Panic of Hearts
  2. p. 14
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  1. Regret with Wildflowers
  2. p. 15
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  1. Concerning Cuttlefish and Ugolino
  2. pp. 16-17
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  1. Appalachian Aubade
  2. pp. 18-19
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  1. Restoration of the Saints
  2. pp. 20-21
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  1. Noli Me Tangere
  2. pp. 22-23
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  1. Requiem with Coal, Butterflies, and Terrible Angels
  2. pp. 24-26
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  1. 2. (n) A breeding place
  2. p. 27
  1. Fiat Lux
  2. p. 29
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  1. Elegy with Mosquitoes, Peppermints, and a Snapping Turtle
  2. pp. 30-32
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  1. The Summer after They Crashed and Drowned
  2. pp. 33-34
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  1. Discipline with Lines from First Corinthians
  2. p. 35
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  1. To the Tall Stranger Who Kept His Hands in His Pockets, Fourteen Years Later
  2. pp. 36-37
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  1. The Bullet Collector
  2. pp. 38-39
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  1. Chastity Belt Lesson
  2. pp. 40-42
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  1. On a Mission Trip to Philadelphia I Begin to Fear the Inside of My Body
  2. pp. 42-43
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  1. Missionary Child
  2. pp. 44-45
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  1. Possession
  2. p. 46
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  1. Glossolalia
  2. p. 47
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  1. Why He Leaves
  2. p. 48
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  1. Echolalia, Saint Armands Key
  2. p. 49
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  1. Leviathan: A Rapture
  2. pp. 50-51
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  1. Through a Glass Darkly
  2. p. 52
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  1. Prayer for Sunlight and Hunger
  2. pp. 53-54
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  1. 3. (n) A crowded tenement house
  2. p. 55
  1. Ars Poetica
  2. p. 57
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  1. Nocturne with Clay Horses
  2. p. 58
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  1. Via Dolorosa
  2. p. 59
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  1. Falling (For the 146 . . . )
  2. p. 60
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  1. The Saints Go Marching
  2. p. 61
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  1. Battle Hymn
  2. pp. 62-63
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  1. Falling (A twin-engined B-25 . . .)
  2. pp. 64-65
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  1. At a Party on Ellis Island, Watching Fireworks
  2. p. 66
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  1. The Women Are Ordered to Clear the Bodies of Suitors Slain by Ulysses
  2. p. 67
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  1. Dressing Heads
  2. pp. 68-69
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  1. Margaret Garner Explains It to Her Daughter
  2. p. 70
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  1. A Dead Woman Speaks to Her Resurrectionist
  2. p. 71
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  1. The Light in the Basement
  2. pp. 72-73
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  1. Come Back to Me
  2. p. 74
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  1. American Pastoral
  2. p. 75
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  1. Kingdom Come
  2. p. 76
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  1. Nocturne with Oil Rigs and Jasmine
  2. p. 77
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  1. Prayer to Delay the Apocalypse
  2. pp. 78-79
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  1. Other Books in the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry
  2. p. 80
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  1. Back Cover
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