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The Madeleine Poems

Ann Lauterbach, the highly esteemed poet who selected Paul Legault’s manuscript for the Omnidawn Poetry Prize, explains that in these poems, “History is here, in uneasy tangents; landscape is here, lonely in its names; luminous images are here but they are not pictures; music is here in a spare, phrasal pacing… Here, in The Madeleine Poems, modernity’s abandonment becomes a bare harbor into which sail vessels carrying unexpected cargo.” In hauntingly beautiful lyricism, and with a lightness that conveys the most weighty of subjects, Legault offers a dynamically charged vision of the real as he perceives its volatile, constantly shifting valences.

72 pages | 6 x 9


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Table of Contents

Madeleine • Madeleine as Homosexuals • Madeleine as the Balloon and Size from Here • Madeleine as James Dean and the Whale • Madeleine as Travelogue • Madeleine as Travelogue • Madeleine as Home • Madeleine as Fire-Watch • Madeleine as Matador • Madeleine as Yeoman • Madeleine as Lice • Madeleine as Mathematician • Madeleine as Pornographer • Madeleine as Tourist • Madeleine as Sister • Madeleine as Heroine • Madeleine as Portrait of Walt Whitman as Gertrude Stein as a Stripper • Madeleine as Stone, What is to Die of You? • Madeleine as the New Frontier • Madeleine as White Country • Madeleine as Iditarod • Madeleine as Forest Gospel • Madeleine as Ode of a Nightingale • Madeleine as Supply • Madeleine as Crusoe

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