These Beautiful Limits

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In this new collection of poems, Lisk delights in the transparency and obliquity of language. Invested with a “jocoserious” sensibility, he explores the borders of language and the ways it defines identity—the quotidian language of everyday life hovering on the edge of forgetfulness.

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Published 01 October 2006
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EAN13 9781932559989
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the “whispery oating limit” between northern clarity and southern fuzz. Lisk traces
—Elizabeth Ash Velez, author of
 to diet cola. His Inal long poem,“Hemp Quoits,” is Mr.Toad’s Wild Ride in Franz Kafka’s Cadillac with Proust and
Free Verse Editions
—Barbara Hamby,Writer-in-Residence, Florida State,
has appeared in dozens of literary magazines and news
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FreeVerseeditions Edited by Jon Tompson
tHESE BEaUTIfUl LIMITS
tHESE BEaUTIfUl LIMITS
Tomas David Lisk
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Lisk, homas D. (homas David)  hese beautiful limits / homas David Lisk.  p. cm. -- (Free verse editions)  ISBN --- (ardcover : acid-free paper) -- ISBN --- (pbk. : acid-free paper) -- ISBN --- (adobe ebook)  I. Title.
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Printed on acid-free paper. Cover illustration: “Self-Improvement” by Anastasia Osolin. Used by permission.
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Contents
Acknowledgmentsix
Double Cross3 An Expedition4 Save Yourself5 he Oter Side, Sort Of6 A Horizon7 he World’s Religions8 Simple Enoug10 Happiness Rationing11 Ceaper Mist12 Foretaste13 Wite Fixtures14 he Spanis Armada15 Conversing Conversely16 “hese beautiful limits”17 From te Wire Circuses18 Senango19 Now You See How We Live20 Talk on te Corner21 he Sorority of Tin-Beaked Vultures22 Wittgensteiner Polka23 he Fowler’s Snare24 Elepant Spoon25 Speec, Speec26 A Catalog of Ponies of te Pyrenees28 Outer30 “Divine life wars upon our outer life.”31 Companionable Silence32 Robert Rauscenberg, Poster for Peace, 34 Cin Music35
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Boulders and Goats36 Readymade Situation37 A Weeze and a Harkle38 Skeezix My Little39 O, and How Is te Prince?40 Mutton Vacation41 Stairs/Stares42 he Oregon Trail43 Keeping On44 Lodged wit Me45 And so on, to Infinity46 Hemp Quoits47
About te Autor
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I gratefully acknowledge te journals in wic some of tese poems appeared, sometimes in sligtly different form:
Borderlands: “Tese Beautiful Limits” Free Verse: “A Catalog of Ponies of te Pyrenees,” “Senango,” and “Speec, Speec.” The Gut Cult: “Ceaper Mist,” and “Wite Fixtures”
Tanks to my friends and (better) fellow poets for te role tey played in saping tis collection: Alan Crist, Ricard Getty, Mary Hennessy, Justin Marks, Aaron McColloug, Marjorie McNa-mara, Cris Salerno, and Cris Tonelli. Conversations wit Ste-ven B. Katz about poetry and publising elped keep me going. Tim Botta as my deep appreciation for reading te wole manu-script carefully in its final stages and making useful suggestions. I owe special tanks to Jon Tompson for bravely taking a risk.