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Letters Written and Not Sent is the lifetime work of poet William Louis-Dreyfus, written over decades, culminating a passion for poetry, art and social justice. He passed away just days after the book was completed. Like paperweights, his lyrics are both small and hefty. His subjects range from race relations to trees, from secrets to parenthood, from ideas of god to kissing, from sons and mothers to fate, and of course, to poetry itself. Never afraid of the big questions of why human beings are alive, and what hope and justice are for, Louis-Dreyfus could take decades to finish a poem. A perfectionist, a thinker, and always inspired by visual art, he fought with himself over how to say what he wanted to say best. Like the French-Uruguayan businessman poet Jules Supervielle, whom Louis-Dreyfus translated, he felt the tug of the financial world against the pull of the lyricism of poetry, and the division marked his life and sparked ideas for his finest poems. As the heart condition that seized him made it absolutely imperative, finishing Letters Written and Not Sent literally became a life-or-death matter. This is the book that he wished to send into the world.

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  1. Praise, Title Page, Copyright, Acknowledgments, Dedication
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  1. Cover Page
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  1. More Praise For Letters Written and Not Sent
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  1. What Happens
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Adjusting
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  1. Copyright page
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  1. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
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  1. Secrets
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  1. Dedication
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  1. January 13
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  1. CONTENTS
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  1. Love
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  1. 07_Halftitle
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  1. What Einstein Said
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  1. What Happens
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  1. Where Are the Dead
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  1. Adjusting
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  1. A Variation
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  1. Ghost
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  1. Calling Out
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  1. Secrets
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  1. My Mother Before She Died
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  1. January 13
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  1. Company
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  1. Love
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  1. Progression
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  1. What Einstein Said
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  1. One Thing I Know About the Dead
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  1. Where Are the Dead
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  1. Sorrow
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  1. A Variation
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  1. To a Child After Dark
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  1. Calling Out
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  1. Pledge
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  1. My Mother Before She Died
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  1. After Reading a Very Good Poem
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  1. Company
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  1. Suppose
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  1. Progression
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  1. Kissing
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  1. One Thing I Know About the Dead
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  1. Feeding
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  1. Sorrow
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  1. How We Stay Sane
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  1. To a Child After Dark
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  1. Prescription
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  1. Pledge
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  1. Riddle I
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  1. After Reading a Very Good Poem
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  1. Hart Crane
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  1. Suppose
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  1. Moving Not Going
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  1. Kissing
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  1. Great Poets When They Die
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  1. Feeding
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  1. Conclusion
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  1. How We Stay Sane
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  1. Unless
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  1. Prescription
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  1. America’s Not Hard to See
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  1. Riddle I
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  1. To the Worm
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  1. Hart Crane
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  1. Jackson, Miss., November 6, 1987
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  1. Moving Not Going
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  1. The Killing of Billy Furr
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  1. Great Poets When They Die
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  1. Job Speaks to God
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  1. Conclusion
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  1. Evolution
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  1. Unless
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  1. The Wisdom of Prayer
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  1. Bargain
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  1. To the Worm
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  1. The Iamb Speaks
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  1. Jackson, Miss., November 6, 1987
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  1. Guess Whose Pantoum, Harold Bloom
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  1. The Killing of Billy Furr
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  1. Message
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  1. Job Speaks to God
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  1. A Completed Description of the Truth
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  1. Evolution
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  1. Riddle II
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  1. The Wisdom of Prayer
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  1. Triolet
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  1. Bargain
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  1. Instructions
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  1. The Iamb Speaks
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  1. Blood Sugar
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  1. Guess Whose Pantoum, Harold Bloom
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  1. Still Life
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  1. Message
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  1. Those Days
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  1. A Completed Description of the Truth
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  1. Gubbinal
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  1. Riddle II
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  1. How to Keep from Being Devoured
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  1. Triolet
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  1. Sonnet
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  1. Instructions
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  1. Explanation
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  1. Blood Sugar
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  1. Audit
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  1. Still Life
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  1. Notes
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  1. Those Days
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  1. ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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  1. Gubbinal
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  1. How to Keep from Being Devoured
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  1. Sonnet
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  1. Explanation
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  1. Audit
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  1. NOTES
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  1. ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781597098328
Related ISBN
9781597098694
MARC Record
OCLC
1128001059
Launched on MUSE
2019-11-20
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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