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The language of Molly Brodak’s first full-length collection, A Little Middle of the Night, is ever shifting, brightly sonic, and disarming while exploring the margin between nature and art, darkness and beauty, dreams and awakenings. As echoed in one epigraph from Emerson, these poems capture “the Exact and the Vast” of consciousness in intense lyric verse with an angular and almost scientific sensitivity. Here is a speaker intent on discovery: “Oh whole world, we choose / another.”
      This award-winning collection simmers with wit as Brodak confronts tragedy, childhood losses, transcendent love, and the question of art itself. Tinged with a suffering—“I was the littlest wastebasket. / I was my own church. Except— / scared, scared”—that rises above personal sorrow, her fierce and painterly poems redefine nature and art and what exists between: “Lately, there is spangled shade in my space / and a cold apple orchard to tend in place of consciousness.” As Reginald Shepherd said about the poems in Brodak’s first collection, the chapbook Instructions for a Painting, her world is “‘small enough / to sing in all directions,’ and large enough to take us there.”

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page/Copyright/Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. viii-ix
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. xi
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  1. Niger Lullaby
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  1. Poem for a Child’s Voice
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  1. Make Belief
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  1. Under Age
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  1. And How Did Your Rapture Turn Out?
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  1. Before Memory
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  1. Les Blessures Graves
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  1. The Horse Museum
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  1. Ought
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  1. Underneath Underneath
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  1. Underneath at All
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  1. Underneath (Side Effects)
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  1. Underneath
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  1. Diary of a Year without Pictures
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  1. (((
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  1. Mild Peril
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  1. Going Back to Sleep
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  1. Mars Black
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  1. White Trash
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  1. Lake Superior
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  1. Appalachia
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  1. North of North
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  1. Funny Old
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  1. A Little Middle of the Night
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  1. Whoever Said Hell Is Not Beautiful
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  1. I HOPE YOU’RE HAPPY A Novel
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  1. Pale Yellow Throat
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  1. Lake-like
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  1. Lacan as an Australian Settler
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  1. Folkways
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  1. Cabaret Voltaire
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  1. Like Your Jesus, Only Mine
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  1. Roman Girls
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  1. Drawer of Cardinals
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  1. Vermeer Sounds
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  1. Snow White
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  1. Joseph Conrad’s Last Novel (Which Is Comprised Entirely of Face Colors Used in His Previous Novels)
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  1. The Greek Theater
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  1. The First Poem
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  1. Ramp of the Chinese Dog
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  1. Scene from an Unknown Painting
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  1. Midwest Wilderness
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  1. Past the Sawmill
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  1. Real World Magic
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  1. Notes
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781587299261
Related ISBN
9781587298585
MARC Record
OCLC
671819415
Pages
82
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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