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Poetry. This is flawless poetry from a fearless poet with perfect pitch, whether she is writing whimsy or elegy. Melanie Almeder's poems span myriad locales and themes without ever losing sight of the author's goal: to enlighten, arouse, irk, and amuse. Contemporary philosophy, autobiography, and the landscapes of Florida and Maine are all rendered between these pages, but there is an underlying unity and wisdom to her vision that will manipulate, surprise, and edify her readers as they are led into her lyrically...

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Poetry. This is flawless poetry from a fearless poet with perfect pitch, whether she is writing whimsy or elegy. Melanie Almeder's poems span myriad locales and themes without ever losing sight of the author's goal: to enlighten, arouse, irk, and amuse. Contemporary philosophy, autobiography, and the landscapes of Florida and Maine are all rendered between these pages, but there is an underlying unity and wisdom to her vision that will manipulate, surprise, and edify her readers as they are led into her lyrically rich yet subtly nuanced landscapes. A singular debut from a compellingly inventive new voice that cannot, and will not, be ignored.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781932195354
  • Publisher: Tupelo Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2007
  • Pages: 74

Meet the Author

Melanie Almeder was raised in Atlanta, Georgia, and southern Maine. She received her BA in English from the University of Virginia, MFA in poetry from the University of Massachusetts, and PhD in contemporary fiction from the University of Florida. Her poems have been widely published in a range of journals, including The Georgia Review, Poetry, Five Points, Seneca Review, The Comstock Review, and American Literary Review. She has been nominated three times for the Pushcart Prize. Almeder currently teaches contemporary literature at Roanoke College.

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Table of Contents


Dreaming Industry
Mock Orange     3
Adam and Eve Chased from Paradise     4
Ode to Peterson's Field Guide to Birds     6
Elegy for Market Street     8
Country Love Song     10
Poem for the Man Who Does Not Answer the Phone     12
Dreaming Industry     13
Desire     15
Moon Variations     16
The Old Lie     20
Lonely     22
Decline of a Century
Dumb Luck     27
Pastoral for a Sad River     29
Lovers Above the Town     31
A Brute Given     33
Four Cures     35
Women Made of Words     39
Decline of a Century     41
La Pluie     42
Ode to an Egg     44
On Dream Street     46
For Silence     47
From the Front Door to the Mailbox and Back     48
Wind Canticles
Elegy, Key West     52
Resurrection City     53
The Wind Canticles     55
Migratory     58
Hermeneutics of Lust     59
Ode to Borrowed Time     60
House of Gris-Gris     61
Palm Hammock     62
Florida Pastoral     63
Water Histories     65
The Lowell Sonnets     68
A Dance for Lillian Who Loved Her God     70
Elegy for Grief     71
Verge     72
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