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A Stick that Breaks and Breaks

In this remarkable book, her fourth collection of poems, Marianne Boruch continues to explore the world around her with curiosity, wry humor, searching skepticism, and thoughtful tenderness. Her poems range widely, letting themselves be triggered, often, by quite ordinary events and people, in order to launch themselves into unpredictable questions and considerations.

120 pages | 7 x 8


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Table of Contents

Omens • Momentar, In Winter • Lent • Halfway • In the Street, Men Working • Sewing • Camouflage • Chinese Brushwork • Nesting Boxes • Car Covered with Snow • The Vietnam Birthday Lottery, 1970 • The Book of Hand Shadows • I Notice on My Walk • Swimming Lesson • The Auction • The Great Ape House • The Hawk • Snow Falling • Stained Glass Windows • Bird Passing • Library Stereopticon • Fasting • Tulip Tree • Lament • I Paint My Bad Painting • The Dove • Late Winter Fog • Fish • Aubade • Head of an Unknown Saint • Hospital Greenhouse • Smoking • The Exterminator • At the Watercolor Gallery • Waiting Out the Music Lesson • Fireworks at New Year • The American Opera Company • Old Ball Field • The Bay Waters • By the Sea • Two Umbrellas • Exhaustion • X-Ray Vision • A Small Thing • Home Videos of the Hurricane • Above the Chinese Cemetery • In Your Garden • After Surgery • Flowers • Cello • Old Cemetery • Year in Hawaii • Nest • Acknowledgments

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