Sum of Every Lost Ship

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Poetry. This debut collection of poems both fascinated with and distracted by our impending endings and leave-takings, the loneliness of animals, and "how the histories of things eat." These poems populate empty parking lots and seaside pawnshops and depart from a port at Deadhorse, Alaska. A narwhal gives cryptic advice to those requiring guidance on eulogies, arctic travel, and extracting minerals from ghosts. Allison Titus presents us with quiet meditations on how absence often remains fixed as longing, a red...
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Overview


Poetry. This debut collection of poems both fascinated with and distracted by our impending endings and leave-takings, the loneliness of animals, and "how the histories of things eat." These poems populate empty parking lots and seaside pawnshops and depart from a port at Deadhorse, Alaska. A narwhal gives cryptic advice to those requiring guidance on eulogies, arctic travel, and extracting minerals from ghosts. Allison Titus presents us with quiet meditations on how absence often remains fixed as longing, a red thread knotted at the wrist.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781880834886
  • Publisher: Cleveland State University Poetry Center
  • Publication date: 11/1/2009
  • Series: CSU Poetry LXXIV
  • Edition description: CLEVELAND STATE UNIV. POETRY CENTER
  • Pages: 80
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Allison Titus lives in Richmond, Virginia. Her chapbook, INSTRUCTIONS FROM THE NARWHAL, was published by Bateau Press in 2007, and her poems have been appeared in Crazyhorse, JUBILAT, DENVER QUARTERLY, Indiana Review, American Literary Review, and A Public Space, among other journals. She holds an MFA in poetry from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and an MFA in fiction from Virginia Commonwealth University, and she has recently completed her first novel. She is married to the poet Joshua Poteat. SUM OF EVERY LOST SHIP (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2009) is her first full-length poetry collection.
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Table of Contents

(Think of the nights that ...) 1

Modern Romance 7

Motel 8

Fetish 9

Shipbuilding 10

Shepherding 11

Self-Portrait as the Train Passes 12

Tell Me You Were Happy 13

Sum of Every Lost Ship, Minus Its Apology 14

Barter, Fasten 17

Motel 19

Reckon Thy Disease Its Courtship 20

Forest 22

Dead Letter Office 24

The Nineteenth Century 25

Inclement 27

Ice Storm 28

Former Automotive Plant 30

From the Lost Diary of Anna Anderson 33

Obsessive Compulsive 53

Motel 55

Patron Saint of the Deathwatch Beetle 56

Meteorology 57

Letter 58

Instructions from the Narwhal 59

Vacant 71

Motel 72

The Antler Girl's Missive 73

Exiled 75

Farewell 77

The Opposite of Amputation 78

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