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The Mother/Child Papers
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In 1970, as the war in Vietnam was heating up, Ostriker was awaiting the birth of her son. On April 30, President Nixon announced the bombing of Cambodia. On May 14, four students were shot and killed by National Guardsmen at Kent State University. The poems in this collection confront Ostriker’s personal tumult as she considered the world she had brought her son into

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. preface
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. I: Cambodia
  2. pp. 1-6
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  1. II: mother/child
  2. pp. 7-30
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  1. III: the spaces
  2. pp. 31-31
  1. Letter to M
  2. pp. 33-33
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  1. Song of the Abandoned One
  2. pp. 34-34
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  1. Macbeth and the Kids in the Cabin at Chester
  2. pp. 35-35
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  1. Things to Remember of Eve
  2. pp. 36-36
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  1. In the Autumn of My Thirty-Seventh Birthday
  2. pp. 37-39
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  1. Exile
  2. pp. 40-40
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  1. The Spaces
  2. pp. 41-42
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  1. Propaganda Poem: Maybe for Some Young Mamas
  2. pp. 43-49
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  1. The Leaf Pile
  2. pp. 50-51
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  1. The Seven Samurai, The Dolly, and Mary Cassatt
  2. pp. 52-52
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  1. The Change
  2. pp. 53-54
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  1. One, to Fly
  2. pp. 55-55
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  1. IN THE DUST
  2. pp. 56-57
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  1. His Speed and Strength
  2. pp. 58-58
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  1. Iv: this power
  2. pp. 59-59
  1. One Marries
  2. pp. 61-63
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  1. This Power
  2. pp. 64-64
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  1. Dream
  2. pp. 65-65
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