Twigs and Knucklebones

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"Sarah Lindsay is blessed with the sort of X-ray vision a philosopher would kill for."-The New York Times Book ReviewQuirky, macabre, vivid, and fascinating, Sarah Lindsay's poetry in Twigs and Knucklebones melds science and art with astonishing facts that might just be true: spadefoot toads singing till their throats bleed, an explorer tumbling into an Antarctic crevasse and swinging from his tether like a pendulum.Many of Lindsay's poems occur in extremis, and the situations are often severe and surreal: the futuristic "Valhalla Burn Unit on the Moon Callisto" or a bog person discovered in Eske's Field. These characters often span-in the space of a poem-various times, cultures, and contexts. Lindsay also creates her own fictional kingdom and peoples it with outlandish characters, including jerboas, megalomaniac archaeologists, an adjunct professor, goatherds, farmers, and the god Nummis, who is depicted with a "hawk on his head, fish in one hand, horned ibex at either side."We prod and whisk and deduce what we can from marks in clay, from the trace of a wall. But the way the king tossed and caught his adoring daughters, the foolish songs he improvised for his wife, and his furry voice- these have been safely forgotten.Sarah Lindsay is the author of two previous books of poems. Her debut volume was a finalist for the National Book Award. She lives in North Carolina.

Table of Contents

The Poetry of Kenneth Rexroth
Saint Johnp. 5
"In that hour I have seen"p. 5
"I pass your home in a slow vermilion dawn"p. 6
"The minute fingers of a tiny wind"p. 6
"The absorbent glimmer of the night"p. 7
"I do not remember the number"p. 8
You fail an appointmentp. 8
"Someone has cast an unwary match"p. 8
"All is gone now"p. 9
"There shall come faint light"p. 9
"The unpeopled, conventional rose-garden"p. 10
"November has hung the locust"p. 11
"Et pour eux seuls, les paradis chantent encore"p. 11
To anotherp. 11
"Speak not, let no word break"p. 12
"The fragrance of the teapot"p. 12
Mississippi Riverp. 13
"Such was our garden"p. 13
Prufrock in Wonderlandp. 15
Chicago Cabaretp. 15
Old Streetp. 16
Requiemp. 16
Entrancep. 16
"You did not know she was eternal? There"p. 17
Portrait of a Ladyp. 17
Noretorp-Noretsyhp. 18
Untitledp. 19
140 Syllablesp. 21
The Working Dayp. 21
Untitled, 6 September 1969p. 22
The Homestead Called Damascusp. 25
In the Memory of Andree Rexrothp. 63
The Thin Edge of Your Pridep. 66
Phronesisp. 72
The Placep. 80
Confusionp. 82
Fundamental Disagreement with Two Contemporariesp. 83
The Sufficientp. 90
Into the Shandy Westernessp. 92
Memorandump. 95
Death, Judgment, Heaven, Hellp. 96
The Crisisp. 98
Okeanos and the Golden Sicklep. 105
When You Asked for Itp. 105
A Prolegomenon to a Theodicyp. 117
From the Paris Commune to the Kronstadt Rebellionp. 143
At Lake Desolationp. 144
Gentlemen, I Address You Publiclyp. 145
Hiking on the Coast Rangep. 146
A Letter to Wystan Hugh Audenp. 147
Requiem for the Spanish Deadp. 148
On What Planetp. 149
The Motto on the Sundialp. 150
Climbing Milestone Mountain, August 22, 1937p. 151
The New Yearp. 153
A Very Early Morning Exercisep. 153
Another Early Morning Exercisep. 154
Autumn in Californiap. 156
New Objectives, New Cadresp. 157
August 22, 1939p. 159
North Palisade, the End of September, 1939p. 162
Toward an Organic Philosophyp. 163
A Letter to Yvor Wintersp. 167
An Equation for Mariep. 168
Songs for Marie's Lutebookp. 169
Gic to Harp. 171
Falling Leaves and Early Snowp. 172
The Apple Garths of Avalonp. 173
The Heart Unbroken and the Courage Freep. 175
Organonp. 176
Dative Haruspicesp. 181
Value in Mountainsp. 183
Easy Lessons in Geophagyp. 186
A Lesson in Geographyp. 189
Northampton, 1922-San Francisco, 1939p. 193
Ice Shall Cover Ninevehp. 193
When We with Sapphop. 205
Runawayp. 208
Lute Musicp. 209
Floatingp. 210
Another Springp. 211
Night Below Zerop. 211
The Advantages of Learningp. 212
Habeas Corpusp. 212
Pliny - IX, XXXVI - Lampridius - XXIXp. 213
Harmodius and Aristogeitonp. 214
Inversely, as the Square of Their Distances Apartp. 214
Vitamins and Roughagep. 216
Between Two Warsp. 216
Gas or Novocainp. 217
It Rolls Onp. 218
Delia Rexrothp. 219
Another Onep. 219
Andree Rexrothp. 220
Precession of the Equinoxesp. 220
Again at Waldheimp. 221
Strength through Joyp. 222
Still on Waterp. 223
Un Bel Di Vedremop. 224
Adonis in Winterp. 225
Adonis in Summerp. 226
Wednesday of Holy Week, 1940p. 227
Incarnationp. 228
We Come Backp. 229
Martial - XII, LIIp. 230
Theory of Numbersp. 230
Andree Rexrothp. 232
Horny Dilemmap. 233
Incensep. 233
A Neoclassicistp. 233
Past and Future Turn Aboutp. 234
The Phoenix and the Tortoise (1940-1944)p. 239
Between Myself and Deathp. 273
Monadsp. 274
The Signature of All Thingsp. 275
For a Masseuse and Prostitutep. 277
Lyell's Hypothesis Againp. 278
Sharp in My Heartp. 280
Bluesp. 281
Yugaop. 282
January Nightp. 283
Delia Rexrothp. 284
Hojokip. 285
Andree Rexrothp. 288
A Letter to William Carlos Williamsp. 291
Maximian, Elegy vp. 294
Blood and Sandp. 295
The Giant Weaponp. 296
For the Chinese Actress, Gardenia Changp. 297
Ausonius, Epistle VIIp. 298
Adventp. 299
Lucretius, III, 1053-1076p. 300
No!p. 302
A Christmas Note for Geraldine Udellp. 302
Stone and Flowerp. 303
Gamblingp. 305
Mep. 305
The Light on the Pewter Dishp. 305
Me Againp. 306
On a Beautiful Bar Butterfly in the Black Catp. 306
Value Neuterp. 307
Discriminationp. 307
Factp. 308
De Fera Dormitap. 308
Bonapartismep. 308
Further Advantages of Learningp. 309
Under Soractep. 309
Rosa Mundip. 313
Leda Hiddenp. 314
Golden Sectionp. 315
Time Spiralsp. 318
Mirrorp. 319
Only Yearsp. 320
Empty Mirrorp. 321
Doubled Mirrorsp. 322
The Dragon and the Unicorn (1944-1950)p. 323
The Reflecting Trees of Being and Not Beingp. 525
She Is Awayp. 526
Mocking Birdsp. 527
Lonelinessp. 528
The Old Song and Dancep. 529
Growingp. 530
A Living Pearlp. 530
Fiftyp. 533
Halley's Cometp. 534
The Great Nebula of Andromedap. 534
The Heart of Heraklesp. 535
A Maze of Sparks of Goldp. 536
A Sword in a Cloud of Lightp. 536
Protoplasm of Lightp. 538
Blood on a Dead Worldp. 540
Quietlyp. 541
For Eli Jacobsonp. 541
On a Flyleaf of Rime - Gaspara Stampap. 543
Time Is the Mercy of Eternityp. 544
A Singing Voicep. 549
Our Home Is in the Rocksp. 550
Xmas Comingp. 553
My Heart's As Gay As a Young Sunflowerp. 553
The Mirror in the Woodsp. 555
The Bad Old Daysp. 555
A Dialogue of Watchingp. 557
Dry Autumnp. 557
Spring Rainp. 558
Autumn Rainp. 559
Clear Autumnp. 560
Snowp. 562
Another Twilightp. 563
The Orphic Soulp. 564
Human, Avian, Vegetable, Bloodp. 564
Thou Shalt Not Killp. 565
The American Centuryp. 574
A Bestiaryp. 574
Mother Goosep. 584
On a Military Graveyardp. 591
Survival of the Fittestp. 591
Revoltp. 591
After Sapphop. 592
Lost Etcp. 592
Neatness Is Allp. 592
Sense of Proportionp. 592
A Bread and Butter Letterp. 593
Metempsychosisp. 593
On the Post Officep. 593
After Sa'adip. 593
Factp. 593
From the Persian (1)p. 594
Illusionp. 594
From the Persian (2)p. 594
Valutap. 594
Last Visit to the Swimming Pool Sovietsp. 595
Portrait of the Author as a Young Anarchistp. 596
After the Anthologyp. 596
They Say This Isn't a Poemp. 597
Codicilp. 599
Homer in Basicp. 603
Fish Peddler and Cobblerp. 604
Proust's Madeleinep. 607
Autumnp. 608
Christmasp. 608
Springp. 610
Springp. 611
Springp. 612
On the Eve of the Plebiscitep. 612
Elegy on Encountering the Trouble of the Worldp. 614
Rogation Daysp. 615
Ascension Nightp. 616
Venicep. 617
Rose Colored Glassesp. 619
Observations in a Cornish Teashopp. 619
Eight for Ornette's Musicp. 620
Two for Brew and Dickp. 624
This Night Onlyp. 626
At Least That Abandonp. 626
An Easy Songp. 627
Comingp. 628
Pacific Beachp. 629
Maroon Bellsp. 629
Aspen Meadowsp. 630
Like Queen Christinap. 631
Andromeda Chained to Her Rock the Great Nebula in Her Heartp. 635
Travelers in Erewhonp. 638
Oaxaca 1925p. 639
Gradualismp. 640
Open the Blindp. 640
High Provencep. 641
Camarguep. 642
Among the Cypresses at the End of the Way of the Crossp. 642
Sottoportico San Zaccariap. 643
Leaving L'Atelier - Aix-en-Provencep. 643
Time Is an Inclusion Series Said McTaggartp. 644
Phaedop. 646
Park in the Public's or In the Public, Parksp. 646
Song for a Dancerp. 647
Ottffssentep. 648
Cinque Terrep. 650
Tookp. 650
A Flute Overheardp. 651
The Wheel Revolvesp. 652
Organization Men in Affluent Societyp. 653
The Hanged Manp. 654
Yin and Yangp. 655
The Heart's Garden, the Garden's Heartp. 659
A Song at the Winepressesp. 681
The Spark in the Tinder of Knowingp. 684
Now the starlit moonless Springp. 689
The Familyp. 689
No Wordp. 690
Schatten Kusse, Schatten Liebep. 690
Hapaxp. 691
Confusion of the Sensesp. 693
Blue Sundayp. 693
I Dream of Lesliep. 694
Educationp. 695
Privacyp. 695
Parityp. 696
It Is a German Honeymoonp. 696
Bei Wannseep. 698
Red Maple Leavesp. 699
It Turns Overp. 700
Star and Crescentp. 700
La Vie en Rosep. 701
Void Onlyp. 701
Suchnessp. 702
Late half moonp. 702
Your Birthday in the California Mountainsp. 703
The Flower Sutrap. 703
"Cold before dawn"p. 704
"A cottage in the mist"p. 704
"Past and future all away"p. 704
"Slowly the moon rises"p. 705
"Moonless night"p. 705
"Spring puddles give way"p. 705
"A dawn in a tree of birds"p. 705
"Past midnight"p. 706
"As the years pass"p. 706
"In the dark forest the whisper"p. 706
"A long lifetime"p. 706
The City of the Moonp. 707
The Fall of Ch'oup. 710
Erinnerungp. 711
Lost Lovep. 711
The Love Poems of Marichikop. 715
The Silver Swanp. 732
On Flower Wreath Hillp. 744
About the Authorp. 753
About the Editorsp. 754
A Note on the Textp. 755
Appendixp. 756
Index of Titlesp. 761
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