Frontmatter

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Title Page, Other Works by the Author, Copyright, Acknowledgments, Dedication

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Contents

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pp. 11-14

Part 1. The Soul

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pp. 15-16

The Invisible Woman

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pp. 17-17

Mysteries of the Present

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pp. 18-19

Arachnid Imperative

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pp. 20-20

A Small Elegy for a Big Dog

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pp. 21-21

The Sea Sprite

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pp. 22-22

A Thousand Acres of Light

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pp. 23-23

The Destination of Souls

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pp. 24-25

Ten Versions of Ruin and Repair

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pp. 26-29

The Invisible Woman Grows Up

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pp. 30-30

The Invisible Woman Marries Death

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pp. 31-31

The Body

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pp. 32-32

Purview

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pp. 33-34

Last Words

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pp. 35-36

Part 2. The Self

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pp. 37-38

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A Week of Minor Adjustments

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pp. 39-39

On Saturday the obscure poet received in the mail the ugliest photo of herself that she’d ever seen. The face looked ancient far beyond the poet’s middle years; it was a manly face, paunchy and pouchy and blighted by shadows, by blotchy expanses of sagging iguana skin. The poet stared at the photo ...

Ars Poetica

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pp. 40-41

The Sandpiper

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pp. 42-42

Merry-Go-Round

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pp. 43-43

Simon Says

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pp. 44-45

Second Born

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pp. 46-46

Marriage

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pp. 47-47

On Our Twentieth Anniversary

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pp. 48-48

Marriage Vow

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pp. 49-49

On Turning Forty

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pp. 50-50

In Season

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pp. 51-51

Valentine

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pp. 52-52

Bounty

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pp. 53-54

Part 3. The World : Mountains

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pp. 55-56

Bauhaus Still Life

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pp. 57-57

Keeping Track

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pp. 58-59

Revival

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pp. 60-61

Waste Management

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pp. 62-62

The Woodpecker

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pp. 63-63

Trees

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pp. 64-64

The Covenant

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pp. 65-65

The View from Mt. Baldy

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pp. 66-66

Cloud Watching

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pp. 67-67

Early Spring

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pp. 68-68

Random Silences

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pp. 69-70

Bark with Authority

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pp. 71-72

Black Widow

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pp. 73-74

Part 4. The World : City

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pp. 75-76

El Dia de los Muertos

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pp. 77-77

City of Angels

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pp. 78-78

Dulce Et Decorum Est

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pp. 79-80

Los Angeles, Fin de Siècle

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pp. 81-82

Birthday in the French Hospital, New York City

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pp. 83-83

Crèche

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pp. 84-85

The Dolphin

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pp. 86-86

At the Kuwaiti Zoo

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pp. 87-88

The AIDS Ward, U.S.C. Medical Center

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pp. 89-90

Ghosts

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pp. 91-91

The Miniaturist

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pp. 92-93

The Voyage

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pp. 94-94

Snow

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pp. 95-100

Notes and Dedications

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pp. 101-102

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About the Author

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pp. 103-104

Maurya Simon is the author of The Enchanted Room and Days of Awe (Copper Canyon Press, 1986, 1989), Speaking in Tongues (Gibbs Smith, 1990), which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and The Golden Labyrinth (University of Missouri Press, 1995). A fifth volume, A Brief History of Punctuation, was published ...