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From Erosion:
SAN SEPOLCRO

Jorie Graham

. . . . How clean
the mind is,
holy grave. It is this girl
by Piero
della Francesca, unbuttoning
her blue dress,
her mantle of weather,
to go into
labor. Come, we can go in.
It is before
the birth of god. No-one
has risen yet
to the museums, to the assembly
line bodies
and wings to the open air
market. This is
what the living do: go in.
It's a long way.
And the dress keeps opening
from eternity
to privacy, quickening.
Inside, at the heart,
is tragedy, the present moment
forever stillborn,
but going in, each breath
is a button
coming undone, something terribly
nimble-fingered
finding all of the stops.

Jorie Graham grew up in Italy and now lives in northern California.She has received grants from the Ingram-Merrill Foundation, the Bunting Institute, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.Her first book, Hybrids of Plants and of Ghosts (Princeton, 1980), won the Great Lakes Colleges Association Award as the best first book of poems published in 1980.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. CONTENTS
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  1. San Sepolcro
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  1. Mist
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  1. Reading Plato
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  1. Scirocco
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  1. In What Manner the Body is United with the Soule
  2. pp. 12-15
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  1. The Age of Reason
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  1. At the Exhumed Body of Santa Chiara, Assisi
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  1. On Form for Berryman
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  1. At the Long Island Jewish Geriatric Home
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  1. To a Friend Going Blind
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  1. Tragedy
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  1. Wanting a Child
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  1. My Garden, My Daylight
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  1. Still Life with Window and Fish
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  1. I Watched a Snake
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  1. Mother of Vinegar
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  1. The Lady and the Unicorn and Other Tapestries
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  1. Kimono
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  1. Salmon
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  1. Patience
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  1. Making a Living
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  1. The Daffodil
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  1. For John Keats
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  1. Wood Wasps in the Spanish Willow
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  1. Erosion
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  1. Love
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  1. Two Paintings by Gustav Klimt
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  1. History
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  1. Masaccio's Expulsion
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  1. Updraft
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  1. Of Unevenness
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  1. At Luca Signorelli's Resurrection of the Body
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  1. The Sense of an Ending
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781400831425
Related ISBN
9780691014050
MARC Record
OCLC
847550148
Pages
96
Launched on MUSE
2015-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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