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Both bleak and bewildering, Millennial Teeth, the visceral new collection by poet Dan Albergotti, maps a contradictory journey filled with longing and dread, cynicism and hope. A heady mix of traditional forms and more experimental verse, Albergotti’s volume lures readers inexorably into the poet’s obsessions with mystery, doubt, ephemerality, and silence.

The poetry in Millennial Teeth will feel both refreshingly new and strangely familiar to Albergotti’s audience. Some poems pay direct tribute to such literary luminaries as Wallace Stevens and Philip Larkin, while others give nods to icons of pop culture, from Radiohead to Roman Polanski. The narrator muses on the resurrection of Christina the Astonishing, the works of Coleridge, and the mindless duties of minor players in Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

Yet these familiar faces are not our friends; they are juxtaposed with the heartbreaking apocalypses, both natural and man-made, that have plagued the world since the first plane flew into the World Trade Center. A reluctant witness to such events, the narrator of these poems attempts to navigate his own personal crises, including the mental illness and dementia of loved ones and the inability to connect with others, from the darkness of a personal orbit far from the sun. As he vehemently rejects the notions of religious succor, immortality, and the passive acceptance of fate, he simultaneously yearns to be proven wrong. Yet despite his trials, Albergotti’s narrator maintains a gallows humor and wry insight that balance his despair.

A riveting exploration of the all-too-human struggle between faith and doubt, skepticism and obsession, Millennial Teeth has both heart and bite in plenty.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. One
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. Neither
  2. pp. 3-4
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  1. Apology in Advance
  2. p. 5
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  1. Invocation
  2. p. 6
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  1. Chapter One, Verse One
  2. pp. 7-8
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  1. Aphelion & Aphasia
  2. pp. 9-12
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  1. He Believes He Is Some Sort of Savior
  2. p. 13
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  1. After Thebes
  2. p. 14
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  1. Surprising the Gods
  2. p. 15
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  1. Dusty Field, Dog Barking
  2. p. 16
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  1. Ghazal for Buildings
  2. p. 17
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  1. What They’re Doing
  2. p. 18
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  1. Christina Sestina
  2. pp. 19-20
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  1. God
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  1. Ghazal for Children
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  1. The Gods Have Given Up on Immortality
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  1. What Everyone Knows
  2. pp. 24-25
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  1. December 25, 2005
  2. p. 26
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  1. Two
  2. pp. 27-28
  1. Aubade
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  1. Gloria Patri
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  1. A Theater near You
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  1. Infamy
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  1. Ghazal of Air
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  1. Exeunt Voltemand and Cornelius
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  1. Anecdote of the Plate
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  1. Afterlife
  2. p. 37
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  1. Keen & Koan
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  1. Declaring a Draw
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  1. Some Other Day
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  1. What I Wanted to Tell Her about Hell
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  1. Three
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  1. Inside
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  1. No Beginning
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  1. The Days of Our Lives
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  1. Final Fanfare
  2. p. 51
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  1. Ars Poetica
  2. pp. 52-53
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  1. Disorder
  2. pp. 54-56
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  1. Your Home Is at Risk If You Do Not Keep Up Repayments
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  1. These Be Hectoring Large-Scale Verses
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  1. For Forgetting
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  1. Holy Night
  2. pp. 60-61
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  1. Ghazal of Days
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  1. Is It Okay If We Don’t Oscillate Tonight?
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  1. Splinter & Sneeze
  2. pp. 64-66
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  1. Outside
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  1. Years and Years and Years Later
  2. pp. 68-69
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  1. Nor
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  1. Other Books in the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780809333547
Related ISBN
9780809333530
MARC Record
OCLC
888749031
Pages
88
Launched on MUSE
2014-09-16
Language
English
Open Access
No
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