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Dark Archive

Dark Archive

LAURA MULLEN
Copyright Date: 2011
Edition: 1
Pages: 152
https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1525/j.ctt1pn6sh
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    Book Description:

    Dark archive: The purpose of a dark archive is to function as a repository for information that can be used as a failsafe during disaster recovery. Laura Mullen’s fourth collection is a sequence of beautifully interrelated poems that explores how to accurately represent the reality of change and loss. Mullen pinpoints what is at stake: the possibility of communication and connection—and the hope of intimacy. Invoking Wordsworth’s “I wandered lonely as a cloud,” she pushes experiments in consciousness against their boundaries in an array of poetic forms. Poetic tropes are measured against natural phenomena as Mullen examines what “witness” might mean in the context of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the failures of capitalism to effect social justice, the murder of James Byrd in Texas, the personal loss of a mother figure, and a disintegrating love affair.

    eISBN: 978-0-520-94825-9
    Subjects: Language & Literature

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-viii)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. ix-xii)
  3. Acknowledgments
    (pp. xiii-xiv)
  4. CLOUD COVER

    • window / candle
      (pp. 3-4)
    • No Voice
      (pp. 5-5)
    • In the Space between Words Begin
      (pp. 6-7)
    • Remediation Attempt (winter 2005 lower 9th ward)
      (pp. 8-8)
    • I Wandered Networks like a Cloud
      (pp. 9-9)
    • The Author Is Not
      (pp. 10-11)
    • I Wandered (Phony) As
      (pp. 12-12)
    • By and By
      (pp. 13-14)
    • Little Landscape (spring 2006 lower 9th ward)
      (pp. 15-15)
    • I Wandered Her Voice (retrospectre mix)
      (pp. 16-17)
    • The Proofs Arrive (“starts” instead of stars)
      (pp. 18-19)
    • As
      (pp. 20-20)
    • Stratocumulus
      (pp. 21-22)
    • Prose Poem (slight grit of the passage of what?)
      (pp. 23-24)
    • White Box (notes)
      (pp. 25-28)
    • Original Material
      (pp. 29-31)
    • Studying Clouds (A Trick of the Light)
      (pp. 32-32)
    • Parts of Speech Before we could paint the house we had to scrape off the old paint.
      (pp. 33-34)
    • Sound Barrier
      (pp. 35-36)
    • Cloud as Lonely
      (pp. 37-38)
    • Images, Similes, Some Alliteration (late fall 2005 holy cross)
      (pp. 39-40)
    • Collide and Coalesce
      (pp. 41-42)
    • Code
      (pp. 43-44)
    • The White Box of Mirror Dissolved Is Not Singular
      (pp. 45-46)
    • Passages
      (pp. 47-50)
  5. TURN

  6. TROPOSPHERE

    • Pass
      (pp. 83-83)
    • Cloud Seeding: From a Journal
      (pp. 84-85)
    • The Visual World behind My Head
      (pp. 86-87)
    • Virga (“I have been prevented from writing …”)
      (pp. 88-88)
    • Orographic
      (pp. 89-90)
    • (Stratus) Endlessness
      (pp. 91-91)
    • Cloud Money
      (pp. 92-97)
    • Message
      (pp. 98-99)
    • Daisies
      (pp. 100-101)
    • On a Clear Day
      (pp. 102-103)
    • Love (Stratus) “And to their scattered bodies go …”
      (pp. 104-104)
    • Love (Stratus Opacus)
      (pp. 104-105)
    • Love (Opacus)
      (pp. 106-106)
    • Love (Scud)
      (pp. 107-107)
    • Edge of There
      (pp. 108-108)
    • Love (Altocumulus Translucidus & Altostratus Opacus) “What I’d say about that” (“What I wanted to say about …”)
      (pp. 109-109)
    • Desire (not a cloud in the sky)
      (pp. 110-110)
    • (Pieces from the Broken Roof of an Abandoned Passage)
      (pp. 111-112)
    • After-Image (Louisiana Company)
      (pp. 113-114)
    • Spoke of a Blueprint
      (pp. 115-117)
    • Should Have Ended
      (pp. 118-119)
    • The Motif Modifies Space
      (pp. 120-124)
    • Even in My Dreams the Knowledge
      (pp. 125-125)
    • Ghost Mist (summer 2006 pacific coast highway)
      (pp. 126-128)
  7. Evaporation / Condensation
    (pp. 129-130)
  8. Back Matter
    (pp. 131-133)