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In the venerable tradition of caregivers writing about the healing arts—a tradition peopled by the likes of Anton Chekhov, Walt Whitman, William Carlos Williams, Walker Percy, and Denise Levertov—Cortney Davis brings to poetry the experience, insight, and compassion of a nurse practitioner who daily confronts the unexpected frailties, passions, and power of the flesh.

Taking the body as her text, Davis crafts her poetry from the pains of labor and the joys of birth, the depredations of disease and the sustaining hope of recovery. She trains her clear, unflinching gaze on the unfolding scene—a woman shipwrecked with a stranger; an adult reinventing childhood; an ill woman rediscovering pleasure in her body; a nurse realizing, in one harrowing instant, that she is as vulnerable as her patients—unerringly finding the particular image, the human detail, that connects reader, writer, and subject with the world. Primal, compelling, intelligent, these poems show us how to see as clearly as the poet does, with empathy and grace.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. Contents; Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Leopold's Maneuvers
  2. pp. 1-2
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  1. I.
  2. p. 3
  1. Treatment
  2. pp. 5-6
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  1. Partial Detachment
  2. pp. 7-8
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  1. Lot's Wife
  2. p. 9
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  1. Shipwreak
  2. pp. 10-11
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  1. The Brightest Star Is Home
  2. pp. 12-13
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  1. Prognosis
  2. pp. 14-15
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  1. Masturbation
  2. p. 16
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  1. The Jar beside the Bed
  2. pp. 17-18
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  1. Then It Was Simple
  2. p. 19
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  1. Rented Rooms, Martha's VIneyard
  2. pp. 20-21
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  1. Reading Sharon Olds
  2. pp. 22-23
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  1. One Night in Burlington
  2. p. 24
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  1. Parturition
  2. p. 25
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  1. March 28, 2001/March 28, 1945
  2. pp. 26-27
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  1. Mother's Gloves
  2. p. 28
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  1. Shoplifters
  2. pp. 29-30
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  1. Anorexia
  2. pp. 31-32
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  1. In a Deep Pool Bound by Cement
  2. p. 33
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  1. Ear Examined
  2. p. 34
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  1. Teasing Was Only the Beginning
  2. pp. 35-36
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  1. The Ruined Boy
  2. p. 37
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  1. Nights afer Mother Died
  2. p. 38
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  1. When My Father's Breathing Changed
  2. p. 39
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  1. II.
  2. p. 41
  1. It Is August 24th
  2. pp. 43-44
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  1. Examing the Abused Woman
  2. pp. 45-46
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  1. Nunca Tu Alma
  2. p. 47
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  1. Every Day, the Pregnant Teenagers
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  1. Phallus Examined
  2. p. 49
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  1. Hurricane Floyd
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  1. The Condition of the World, August 1997
  2. pp. 51-52
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  1. Charity
  2. p. 53
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  1. Water Story
  2. p. 54
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  1. Confessions
  2. pp. 55-56
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  1. Story Teller
  2. p. 57
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  1. To Make Nothing out of Something
  2. pp. 58-59
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  1. The Swan by the Mall
  2. p. 60
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  1. Like Mother, Thirty Years before Her Death
  2. pp. 61-62
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  1. Everything in Life Is Divided
  2. pp. 63-64
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  1. God and the Blueberries
  2. p. 65
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  1. How I'm Able to Love
  2. pp. 66-67
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  1. Also by Cortney Davis
  2. p. 68
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780803204461
MARC Record
OCLC
56620807
Pages
68
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Open Access
No
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