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Tomorrow's Living Room
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Volume 13 in the Swenson Award Series, Tomorrow's Living Room offers a pleasantly disorienting verbal territory. The collection is alternately wry and dark, hopeful and bleak, full of unexpected light and laugh-out-loud incongruities. We begin to see that the shape and the furniture of Jason Whitmarsh's world reflect our own (they may in fact be universal), but we're considering them through completely new terms of engagement.

Selected by, and with a foreword by, Billy Collins.

The annual Swenson competition, named for May Swenson, honors her as one of America’s most provocative and vital writers. In John Hollander’s words, she was "one of our few unquestionably major poets."

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Foreword
  2. p. ix
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. xi
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  1. Forecasts
  2. p. 1
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  1. He Said These Things, Not Even I Could Forgive Him
  2. p. 2
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  1. Of Arc
  2. p. 3
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  1. Anniversary
  2. p. 4
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  1. Department Store Fictions
  2. p. 5
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  1. Tomorrow’s Living Room
  2. p. 6
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  1. One Art
  2. p. 7
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  1. Two Parts Water
  2. p. 8
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  1. The Ever Inconstancy
  2. p. 9
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  1. Two, Couchbound
  2. p. 10
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  1. After Archilochos
  2. p. 11
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  1. Change
  2. p. 12
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  1. Missing IOU
  2. p. 13
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  1. Curse
  2. p. 14
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  1. Japanese Watermelon
  2. p. 15
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  1. Administration
  2. p. 16
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  1. Three Days In and Already It’s Come to This
  2. p. 17
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  1. Fasted and Loosed
  2. p. 18
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  1. Triolet
  2. p. 19
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  1. Anniversary
  2. p. 20
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  1. Capitalism as Comeuppance
  2. p. 21
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  1. Ask Anyone, They’ll Tell You
  2. p. 22
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  1. Regret
  2. p. 23
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  1. Praise
  2. p. 24
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  1. There but for the Grace
  2. p. 25
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  1. There’s an Old Man
  2. p. 26
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  1. Not a Demon
  2. p. 27
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  1. And Quartered
  2. p. 28
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  1. Anniversary
  2. p. 29
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  1. The Thirty-Six Dramatic Situations: 10
  2. p. 30
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  1. The Thirty-Six Dramatic Situations: 11
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  1. The Thirty-Six Dramatic Situations: 31
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  1. The Thirty-Six Dramatic Situations: 1–36
  2. p. 33
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  1. On the Take
  2. p. 34
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  1. Anniversary
  2. p. 35
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  1. One on the Heels of the Other
  2. p. 36
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  1. Things That Still Scare Me
  2. p. 37
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  1. He Dreams of the Diner of The Damned
  2. p. 38
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  1. Apology
  2. p. 39
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  1. Twenty Questions, the Advanced Edition
  2. p. 40
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  1. Self-Portrait
  2. p. 41
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  1. Anniversary
  2. p. 42
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  1. Sonnet
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  1. What We Said Then, That Wasn’t Nice
  2. p. 44
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  1. Anniversary
  2. p. 45
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  1. Why Poetry? Because
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  1. Dear Morbid in Malaysia
  2. p. 47
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  1. Three Curses
  2. p. 48
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  1. Anniversary
  2. p. 49
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  1. Last Bit
  2. p. 50
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  1. Nightmare
  2. p. 51
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  1. The Story You’re Telling
  2. p. 52
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  1. We’re a Rerun
  2. p. 53
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  1. I Thought That
  2. p. 54
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  1. Faith
  2. p. 55
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  1. Anniversary
  2. p. 56
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  1. Ghazal
  2. p. 57
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  1. Having At It
  2. p. 58
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  1. Perfect Forecasting, Found on eBay
  2. p. 59
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  1. Finnish Rabbit
  2. p. 60
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  1. Anniversary
  2. p. 61
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  1. Disappearing Act
  2. p. 62
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  1. About the Author
  2. p. 63
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  1. The May Swenson Poetry Award
  2. p. 64
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