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The highly anticipated new collection from a poet whose previous book was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize

Rain in Plural is the much-anticipated fourth collection of poetry by Fiona Sze-Lorrain, who has been praised by The Rumpus as "a master of musicality and enlightening allusions." In the wholly original world of these new poems, Sze-Lorrain addresses both private narratives and the overexposed discourse of the polis, using silence and montage, lyric and antilyric, to envision what she calls "creating between liberties." With a moral precision embracing us without eschewing I, she rethinks questions of citizenship, the selections of sensory memory, and, by extension, the tether of word and image to the actual. She writes, "I accept the truth in newspapers / by holding the murder of my friends against my chest. // To each weather forecast I give thanks: / merci for every outdated // dusk/dawn." Agrippina the Younger, Franz Kafka, Bob Dylan, a butoh performance, an unnamed Raku tea bowl—each has a place here. Made whole by time and its alteration in timelessness, synchrony, coincidences, and accidents, Rain in Plural beautifully reveals an elegiac yet ever-evolving inner life.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-viii
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  1. I. CLOSER TO CLOUDS
  1. More Vulnerable Than Others
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  1. Walking Out on the Lyric
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  1. Macabre Dance
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  1. The Problem with Music
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  1. A Matter of Time
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  1. Taste the Sun,
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  1. What I Saw When I Looked out the Window of a Clairvoyant House\r
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  1. Arioso
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  1. To the Tune of One Valley
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  1. After Being Loved
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  1. Preface to a Cloud Chronicle
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  1. Reincarnated, but Not for the First Time
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  1. Has It Been Eight Months
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  1. Far from Description
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  1. II. SMALL STORMS
  1. To Suffering, to Liberation
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  1. Mimesis: Cloud Chronicle
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  1. 11
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  1. A Frozen Requiem
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  1. From a Winter That Isn't a Rehearsal but the First Sequence of Atonal Pitches\r
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  1. The Reality of a Nightmare
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  1. Wolinski 1934-2015
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  1. Never Once
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  1. Self-Reliance
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  1. Ode to Disappointment
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  1. To Critics
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  1. Loose Cloud Chronicles
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  1. Strand
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  1. Duende
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  1. III. NINE SOLITUDES
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  1. IV. DJANGO FONTINA
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  1. Estampes
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  1. Sea Ballads
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  1. Not Meant as Poems
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  1. V. CHILD, DON'T HIDE
  1. The Illusion of Tenderness
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  1. Agrippina the Younger
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  1. Muse, If I
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  1. Give Up Thinking Twice
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  1. Six Plainsongs
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  1. The Saying and the Said: Ventriloquistic Cloud Chronicles
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  1. The Great Wall of China
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  1. Self-Portraitas a Landscape without Its Memories and My Age\r
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  1. Eternity
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  1. Notes
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  1. Acknowledgments
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780691203577
Related ISBN
9780691203584
MARC Record
OCLC
1182907899
Pages
120
Launched on MUSE
2020-08-11
Language
English
Open Access
No
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