The Declarable Future

Paperback | May 17, 2013

byJennifer Boyden

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The poems in this book inhabit a world uneasily familiar and promising, but from the distance of a few possibilities into the future. In this collection of sharp, hallucinatory, and often darkly humorous poems, a lost man wanders among the towns of people who can't remember what they named the children, how to find each other's porches, or whether their buildings are still intact. That's why they need the person with the loupe. Among the poems where doorknobs emit the daily news, stone angels fall from the sky, and the floating world's harvest is whatever swims too close, the person with the loupe steadfastly verifies only what can be measured, while the lost man is witness to the unquantifiable and the limitless. And throughout, precise and observant language leads us expertly into the gorgeous, precarious wilderness of The Declarable Future.

Finalist, Stafford/Hall Award for Poetry, Oregon Book Awards

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The poems in this book inhabit a world uneasily familiar and promising, but from the distance of a few possibilities into the future. In this collection of sharp, hallucinatory, and often darkly humorous poems, a lost man wanders among the towns of people who can't remember what they named the children, how to find each other's porches...

Jennifer Boyden’s first book, The Mouths of Grazing Things, won the Brittingham Prize in Poetry in 2010. Her work has appeared in Folio, Orion, Gettysburg Review, and The Beloit Poetry Journal, among others. She is a recipient of a PEN Northwest Wilderness Writing Residency and lives on the Oregon coast.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:112 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.5 inPublished:May 17, 2013Publisher:University Of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0299292142

ISBN - 13:9780299292140

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
 
1.
You Might Have Mentioned How the Doorknobs Worked
Small Gifts Are Thoughtful, but Require Acceptance of the World's Dismantlement
Night Pitch
The Giant
The Misunderstanding of Wool
For the Church Singers on Howard and Juniper
They Have a Point
The Lost Man Meets the Giant
Each Answer Addresses the Previous Answer
Like a Frequency, Like Looking Right at It
The Body, Being Mostly Water
The Declarable Future
 
2.
David on the Phone
The Book of Various Studies
The Person with the Loupe
It's Only a Little Like You May Have Heard About
Linear
On Which the Loupe Is Found Adequate
Bad Advice
The Lost Man Meets the Person with the Loupe
At the Weapon Show
As If I Hadn't Worn It Quite Enough, Time Tattoos My Arms and Face
The Lost Man Thanks the Curtains
 
3.
Which Particle the Particle
 
4.
The Hearings
In This Place, Which We Have Been
The Lost Man Interprets a Code
Counting the Dead
The Lost Man with Dust
The Lost Man Disagrees with the Clouds Out of Principle
The Magician
The Person with the Loupe Confirms the Children
Low Rent
In the Hotel of Desire's Receipt
Impossible to Know Which Ring the Ring of the Answer
The Lost Man Leaves a Will

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“Boyden’s inventive details and rich imagery establish an honesty and tenderness that persistently seeks—and often achieves—moments of connection. It’s this tender, but sharp voice that gives dignity to suffering and ultimately makes this book so accessible and compelling.”—Ploughshares Literary Magazine