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Susanna Childress writes with an earnest desire to understand things physical and things spiritual. What results is a first collection of provocative, honest poetry that explores various human predicaments: a cancer-ridden wife, an explosive father, an infertile couple, various sexual aggressors, a missing girl. Such careful portraiture provokes the reader to consider the complexity of human love: how selfishness, fear, lust and even brutality might coincide with tenderness and loyalty. Ms. Childress's writing is refreshingly naive and clear, her voice essentially inquisitive. She is brave enough to look at the darkness of the world, but she is more courageous to hope.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. I. Just Wanted To Show You A Picture of Myself
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. This Day Is in Love with Me
  2. pp. 3-3
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  1. Aquarium
  2. pp. 4-4
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  1. Nude Self-Portrait
  2. pp. 5-5
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  1. Expiation
  2. pp. 6-7
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  1. Lost in the Cant
  2. pp. 8-8
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  1. Krash
  2. pp. 9-9
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  1. Prose, I Say, Plasma
  2. pp. 10-10
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  1. Inside a Thin Egg
  2. pp. 11-12
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  1. Bucketful of Radiant Toys
  2. pp. 13-13
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  1. Supernova Love Shah
  2. pp. 14-14
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  1. Sprezzatura
  2. pp. 15-16
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  1. I Inspect My Face
  2. pp. 17-17
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  1. Negligee, Negligent, Negligence
  2. pp. 18-18
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  1. Just Wanted to Show You a Picture of Myself
  2. pp. 19-20
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  1. II. Jagged With Love
  2. pp. 21-22
  1. It's the First Thing
  2. pp. 23-23
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  1. My Father, Naked at 28
  2. pp. 24-24
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  1. Old Country Woman
  2. pp. 25-25
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  1. He Talks Again of California
  2. pp. 26-26
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  1. Jagged with Love
  2. pp. 27-28
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  1. Out Smarting
  2. pp. 29-30
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  1. Last April
  2. pp. 31-33
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  1. Christmas, 2000
  2. pp. 34-35
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  1. Love's Balsa Wood Triceratops
  2. pp. 36-36
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  1. Kulibongbong for Lydia
  2. pp. 37-38
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  1. III. A Rush of Bees
  2. pp. 39-40
  1. In Indiana
  2. pp. 41-41
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  1. Like the Nudes of Lucian Freud
  2. pp. 42-43
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  1. Daughter in the Waiting Room
  2. pp. 44-44
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  1. A Rush of Bees
  2. pp. 45-46
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  1. The Surgery
  2. pp. 47-48
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  1. Sneaking Up on a Wildness
  2. pp. 49-50
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  1. My Husband Giving Me a Bath
  2. pp. 51-52
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  1. On Learning the Percentage of Non-Professional Head and Neck Massages Which Do Not Lead to Sexual Intercourse
  2. pp. 53-54
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  1. Santo Domingo Full of Song
  2. pp. 55-55
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  1. First Child, in the Womb
  2. pp. 56-56
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  1. Every Dance with Caroline
  2. pp. 57-58
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  1. God Is the Dream
  2. pp. 59-62
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  1. IV. House of Bread
  2. pp. 63-64
  1. To Prayer
  2. pp. 65-66
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  1. Across the World a Man Is Lifting His Gun
  2. pp. 67-67
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  1. Muchas Gracias, My Love
  2. pp. 68-69
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  1. Boca Chica, Playa de Republica Dominicana
  2. pp. 70-70
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  1. This Is Just a Suggestion
  2. pp. 71-71
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  1. Unearthing
  2. pp. 72-76
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  1. For the Man from Peru
  2. pp. 77-77
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  1. To Jill Behrman, November 2000
  2. pp. 78-79
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  1. To Jill Behrman, March 2003
  2. pp. 80-81
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  1. We Take the Sky
  2. pp. 82-83
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  1. After The Virgin of Vladimir, 12th c., Anon.
  2. pp. 84-90
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  1. Further Reading
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780299212636
Related ISBN
9780299212643
MARC Record
OCLC
813844035
Pages
80
Launched on MUSE
2012-09-21
Language
English
Open Access
No
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