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Author Harmon, Joshua, 1971-

Title Le spleen de Poughkeepsie / Joshua Harmon
Published Akron, Ohio : University of Akron Press, 2011
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Description 1 online resource (93 pages)
Series Akron series in poetry.
Contents ""Cover ""; ""Copyright ""; ""Contents ""; ""Two Pastorals ""; ""The automatic garage-door opener ""; ""To Shop-Vac the sidestreet""; ""The Poughkeepsiad""; ""Tableaux poughkeepsiens ""; ""I lived in one place""; ""Asbestos in carpet glue ... ""; ""A pole saw can reach far enough ... ""; ""Cusp of July and August:""; ""Thin ribbons of cloud and half a ruinous moon""; ""Broken glass in the shape of""; ""The undercity rivers beneath cast""; ""Does it help that the evening no""; ""Crow-scatter engraves evening, wings beating""; ""In a geography of service drives and sumac""
""Deer cross against the lights""""An inquiry into more forlorn subjects ... ""; ""The provisional, the mostly blank ... ""; ""The disheartened public ""; ""The quiet streets of meth""; ""Can new tedium distract one""; ""Bare-branched maples, brush""; ""Not one, but dozens ... ""; ""To build a life from happy accidents""; ""Slice of hillside""; ""We shoot everything you want to""; ""Still and slate-dark by four-thirty""; ""I slept on a varnished ... ""; ""To be freed from the burden""; ""The house shudders in wind""; ""Milkweed and broken sink, ""; ""Only the immeasurable""
""Hooker Avenue Serenade """"Recessive Variations""; ""For the Poughkeepsie Dead ""; ""Two Pastorals (II) ""; ""White steeple, gold ""; ""Under over""; ""L'Envoi ""; ""Notes ""
""Poor little Poughkeepsie, """"What are the pitfalls ... ""; ""The quivering powerlines could be ... ""; ""I'm trying to whittle this skyline ... ""; ""The view from basement""; ""Seed-flecked snow""; ""It's cinematic, the blank billboard ... ""; ""The iciest particulars: I was ... ""; ""A parking""; ""As blackened snow retreats ... ""; ""The perilous optic, 3 AM ... ""; ""O springtime foliage!""; ""The elegance of an only focus, a trance""; ""Children wire stuffed""; ""Amid the last sentences of rusting""; ""The greatest poverty is not to live""; ""The absent tenant's electricity ... ""
Summary Winner of the 2010 Akron Poetry Prize, Le Spleen de Poughkeepsie is a tender anti-epic, a grunge-tinged love song to America?s benighted post-industrial heartland. Harmon?s Poughkeepsie shimmers just beyond the borders of banal recognition. If you're not part of the problem, / you're part of the lengthening / tragedy, Harmon writes in an introductory pastoral, seeking out the stray / detours and workarounds of the secret / city inside the more obvious one? on the outskirts of the absurd / attention to the material life. Poughkeepsie is that city of the heart where no one can look at anyone else alone, where the noise of beauty is a cop?s bullet polishing off a traffic-struck doe, where five dollars takes you anywhere in this town / except out of it
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Subject American poetry.
Poughkeepsie (N.Y.) -- Poetry.
Genre/Form Poetry.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1937378608 (electronic bk.)
1937378616 (electronic bk.)
9781937378608 (electronic bk.)
9781937378615 (electronic bk.)
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