TARTESSOS AND OTHER CITIES is Claire Millikin's second book of poetry with 2Leaf Press that continues to explore homelessness. In this collection, Millikin uses the sensitivity of poetry to express some of the emotions surrounded by homelessness and loss. Named for Tartessos, a lost city on the Guadalquivir, a river in Andalusia, Spain that was likely buried by a devastating tidal wave in BC, the poems in TARTESSSOS gather lost cities and places that were not myths, but were once real. Throughout the collection, Millikin addresses questions such as, What happened to home and Where do I come from? that examines American geographies of loss, with the poems serving as archeological elements that persist against these losses. From New York City to Muscogee Country, Georgia, from New Haven, to the Haw River, TARTESSOS charts a map of disappearances and resistances to vanishing that make up part of the ghostly American landscape. In the end, Millikin leads readers to discover that home is not just the place where you happen to live, it is the place where you become yourself.
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About the Author
CLAIRE MILLIKIN's poetry has appeared in numerous literary journals and magazines, and she is the author of the chapbook THE GLEANERS (2013), and her poetry collections, MUSEUM OF SNOW (2013), AFTER HOUSES (2014), and MOTELS WHERE WE LIVED (2014). She received her BA in philosophy from Yale University, MFA in poetry from New York University, and PhD in English literature from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She currently teaches art history and sociology, as a lecturer at the University of Virginia. www.claireraymond.org.
Table of ContentsTable of Contents Acknowledgements Preface Introduction Tartessos Light Writer Party Girls The Apportioning of Blame for Girls Leaving Tifton A Parable of Trees Shape Notes The Etymology of Kudzu On not eating at McDonald’s, circa 1978 Steles of Tifton Georgia Attic Bathroom in Tifton Georgia The Sacrifice Methodist Mathematics Shadow Numbers 7 years I worked in restaurants Child’s Shoe Gasoline & Kerosene Courtyard Haircuts Haircuts Megaliths of Tifton, Georgia Megalith at Willow Drive Noh Masks of North Carolina Shadow-play The Lease For Diamonds The Other Myth of Delphi Salvaged Dog The Mark Under the Bed Apartment The Golden Damages Popcorn Suitcase, Omphalos Other Cities Parties My Elder Sister Took Me To Map of the Night Cuts Underwear Tift County, Georgia Winter Coat The Pool Ephebe Saltworks The Bicycles The Salt Meals Heidegger Of Grace and Gold The house of small objects Corner Pizza Joint The Pianos Moths The Vow Gas Stations Houses of the 1970s The History of Water The Ride Neighborhood Mathematics The Rain Door Quick The Peacock School Bus into Forest Etymology of the Living The Forms of Night Evening Rooms Palindrome Hiroshima, Mon Amour Lead Bird Apparitions Event Horizon About The Poet Other Books By 2leaf Press