The Waking Life

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These moving poems map the internal geographies of desire and memory. The 19 poems in Amie Siegel's first collection were composed during her extended stays in Spain, Italy, Portugal, Indonesia, Cambodia, Thailand, and the American Southwest. They evoke the ways we derive meaning from our contact with other places and demonstrate the power of language both to construct and to dematerialize what it describes.
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Overview

These moving poems map the internal geographies of desire and memory. The 19 poems in Amie Siegel's first collection were composed during her extended stays in Spain, Italy, Portugal, Indonesia, Cambodia, Thailand, and the American Southwest. They evoke the ways we derive meaning from our contact with other places and demonstrate the power of language both to construct and to dematerialize what it describes.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781556432972
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books
  • Publication date: 2/12/1999
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 5.28 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Amie Siegel is a writer and filmmaker whose films and videos have been shown in museums and festivals across the country. She was born in Chicago and is a graduate of Bard College and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The Waking Life is her first collection of poems.
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Table of Contents

Epigraph 3
Scenario #8 4
Notes on Alteration 5
Contre Temps 8
Fateful Congeries 10
The Fixed Point 14
The Remove 15
Parinirvana 16
The Desire and Pursuit of the Whole 18
Millennium 19
The Locative Case 22
Vivants Piliers 26
Scenario #9 35
Robert-Houdin 36
Pairidaeza 38
In the Quietest Hour 39
Serial 42
Theory of Memory 46
"I have more than one / vocabulary throughout the day" 48
The Waking Life 51
The Moving Backdrop 59
The Role of Lightning 61
"Traversing a moment / a lament" 64
Responsory 65
The Resemblances 68
Mare Somnium 69
Scenario #65 70
Scenario #68 71
Saussure's Mistress 72
Architecture of the Underworld 74
Bruit/Bruise 76
The Bareness of the Amatory 77
Donna mi pregha 79
Lethe 81
Divestment/Divertissement 83
The Grief Muscle 84
On Vitruvius's Three Indispensable Elements 86
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