The First Inhabitants of Arcadia

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Herman Melville, Matthew Arnold, Sarah Orne Jewett, Dusty Rhodes, and Hoyt Wilhelm skinny-dip and pick up gondoliers and cut figure eights into the ice in Christopher Bursk's new collection. But the main cast of characters for these poems is the alphabet itself, "the first inhabitants of Arcadia, / now homesick, curious exiles from Eden." Here are a boy's first investigations into the nature of language as he studies the backs of baseball cards, and a young man's infatuation with the "F-word." The titles sing their lettered ...

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The First Inhabitants of Arcadia
2006, University of Arkansas Press

ISBN-13: 9781557288134

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