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The Most of It

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?[Mary] Ruefle . . . brings us an often unnerving, but always fresh and exhilarating view of our common experience of the world.??Charles Simic

Fans of Lydia Davis and Miranda July will delight in this short prose from a beloved and cutting-edge poet. Here are thirty stories that deliver the soft touch and the sucker punch with stunning aplomb. Ducks, physicists, detectives, and The New York Times all make appearances.

From ?The Dart and the ...

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Overview

“[Mary] Ruefle . . . brings us an often unnerving, but always fresh and exhilarating view of our common experience of the world.”—Charles Simic

Fans of Lydia Davis and Miranda July will delight in this short prose from a beloved and cutting-edge poet. Here are thirty stories that deliver the soft touch and the sucker punch with stunning aplomb. Ducks, physicists, detectives, and The New York Times all make appearances.

From “The Dart and the Drill”:

I do not believe that when my brother pierced my skull with a succession of darts thrown from across our paneled rec room on the night of November 18th in my sixth year on earth, he was trying to transcend the notions of time and space as contained and protected by the human skull. But who can fathom the complexities of the human brain? Ten years later—this would have been in 1967—the New York Times reported a twenty-four year old man, who held an honor degree in law, died in the process of using a dentist’s drill on his own skull, positioned an inch above his right ear, in an attempt to prove that time and space could be conquered . . .

Mary Ruefle’s poems and prose have appeared in Harper’s Magazine, The Best American Poetry, and The Next American Essay. Her many awards include NEA and Guggenheim fellowships. She is a frequent visiting professor at the University of Iowa, and she lives and teaches in Vermont.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

These 31 "stories" from poet Ruefle (Indeed I Was Pleased with the World) are more like brief squibs, close observations and meditations. "Snow," for example, expresses the wondrous and sexual sense of benediction the narrator feels when it snows. "The Diary" appears as a girl's autobiographical reflection on growing up on her father's troubled "diary farm." A cardinal "looking like Santa Claus" seems to mimic the behavior of humans in "My Search Among the Birds." The pieces' brevity and whimsy sometimes veer into single sentiment gags, as when detailing (in "A Certain Swirl") a sentence's sense of abandonment in being left on the blackboard after the class's departure. This collection showcases Ruefle's considerable lyrical powers and memorable flights of fancy. (June)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933517292
  • Publisher: Wave Books
  • Publication date: 6/1/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 329,108
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Ruefle is the author of Madness, Rack, and Honey: Collected Lectures, a finalist for the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism (Wave Books, 2012), and Selected Poems (Wave Books, 2010), winner of the William Carlos Williams Award. She has published ten other books of poetry, a book of prose (The Most of It, Wave Books, 2008), and a comic book, Go Home and Go to Bed!, (Pilot Books/Orange Table Comics, 2007); she is also an erasure artist, whose treatments of nineteenth century texts have been exhibited in museums and galleries, and include the publication of A Little White Shadow (Wave Books, 2006). Ruefle is the recipient of numerous honors, including an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, and a Whiting Award. She lives in Bennington, Vermont, and teaches in the MFA program at Vermont College.

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Table of Contents

Snow 13

Camp William 16

Suburb of Long Suffering 18

My Pet, My Clock 19

Hazeline 21

Lichen 22

A Glass of Water 24

Woman With a Yellow Scarf 26

The Bench 29

Monument 32

Beautiful Day 35

My Search Among the Birds 38

The Dart and the Drill 45

The Taking of Moundville by Zoom 47

Hard-Boiled Detective 48

What Woman 50

All My Roe 51

Peek-a-Moose 52

Sleep 53

A Certain Swirl 55

Ascribed This Day to the Affidavit 56

The Diary 57

The Most of It 61

A Romantic Poet and His Destiny 64

If All the World Were Paper 65

A Minor Personal Matter 68

On Twilight 70

University of the Limitless Mouse 71

Some Nondescript Autumn Weekend 73

A Half-Sketched Head 74

Acknowledgments 95

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