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Peripheral Vision by poet Susan Kinsolving travels to many unexpected places: the ocean floor, a lunatic asylum, and to an ocularist for a glass eye. She goes behind the scenes in a military hospital, an elementary school, and a disturbed family. Her poems were described in the New Yorker as “grand and almost terrifying.” In this new collection, she proves herself again. Exploring the world from many points of view, Kinsolving takes her readers to England, Hollywood, Wyoming, France, and Chile. In idiosyncratic homages, she invokes Neruda, Bishop, Clare, Frost, and Dickinson, along with Helen Keller and Odilon Redon. While referencing fact or history, she attacks with “a startling backhand of wit and irony,” as noted once in the New York Times Book Review. She writes poignantly to a daughter in Hollywood and acerbically to an ex-husband. Her family’s most disastrous Thanksgiving is described in a funny piece, “Fill the Cavity with Crumbs.” In “The Case of the Carrot,” she reports on an absurd legal action in family court. All Kinsolving’s poems demonstrate a keen love of language, its dimensions of meaning and musicality of sound. Each poem is a pleasure.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Cover Page
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Acknowledgments, Dedication
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  1. Truth Be Known
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  1. On Spindrift Drive One Night
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  1. Millions
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  1. After Frost
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  1. Dedication
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  1. A Distance
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  1. To Her in Hollywood
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  1. Truth Be Known
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  1. Coming Toward Me
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  1. On Spindrift Drive One Night
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  1. Millions
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  1. Remodeling
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  1. After Frost
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  1. “Fill the Cavity with Crumbs”
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  1. A Distance
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  1. “Never Write About Me Again”
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  1. To Her in Hollywood
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  1. Commingling
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  1. Coming Toward Me
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  1. The Wintry One
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  1. Page Count
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  1. Nymphaea
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  1. Remodeling
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  1. Reflections on Narcissus
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  1. “Fill the Cavity with Crumbs”
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  1. Peripherals
  1. “Never Write About Me Again”
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  1. Her Manifest Metaphors
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  1. Commingling
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  1. Mathematical Dreams
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  1. The Wintry One
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  1. The Fashion of La Folie
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  1. Nymphaea
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  1. Night Sight
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  1. Reflections on Narcissus
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  1. Twelve Shelves
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  1. Peripherals
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  1. Periapt and Hu-Kwa
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  1. Her Manifest Metaphors
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  1. A Lasting Legacy in Warsaw
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  1. Mathematical Dreams
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  1. Conspirators
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  1. The Fashion of La Folie
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  1. Parliament Passes the Inclosing Lands Act, 1809
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  1. Night Sight
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  1. From the Windows of the Kew Lunatic Asylum
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  1. Twelve Shelves
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  1. Unnumbered
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  1. Periapt and Hu-Kwa
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  1. The End in Sight
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  1. A Lasting Legacy in Warsaw
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  1. Black Hills by Day
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  1. Conspirators
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  1. History Of A Metaphor
  1. Parliament Passes the Inclosing Lands Act, 1809
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  1. Glass Eyes
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  1. From the Windows of the Kew Lunatic Asylum
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  1. The Ocularist Said
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  1. Unnumbered
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  1. The Effect on Elizabeth
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  1. The End in Sight
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  1. Picture This
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  1. Black Hills by Day
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  1. How It Happens
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  1. History of A Metaphor
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  1. Thermal Dynamics
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  1. Glass Eyes
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  1. Helen Keller in the News
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  1. The Ocularist Said
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  1. Ambroise Paré, 1579
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  1. The Effect on Elizabeth
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  1. Prosthetic Anecdotes
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  1. The Case of the Carrot
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  1. How It Happens
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  1. Evil Eyes
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  1. Thermal Dynamics
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  1. Frankie Minh
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  1. Helen Keller in the News
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  1. Second Grade, Seaview Elementary School
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  1. Ambroise Paré, 1579
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  1. On Isla Negra
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  1. Prosthetic Anecdotes
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  1. Pvt. William O. Walker Recalls
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  1. The Case of the Carrot
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  1. L’Oeil de Verre
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  1. Evil Eyes
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  1. L’Oeil-ballon
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  1. Frankie Minh
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  1. BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE
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  1. Second Grade, Seaview Elementary School
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  1. On Isla Negra
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  1. Pvt. William O. Walker Recalls
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  1. L’Oeil de Verre
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  1. L’Oeil-ballon
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  1. Biographical Note
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781597096164
Related ISBN
9781597096157
MARC Record
OCLC
1103675573
Pages
80
Launched on MUSE
2021-01-03
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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