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Here I Throw Down My Heart
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The poems in Here I Throw Down My Heart prompt readers to see beyond the surface of images, whether that surface is a uniform, a prescribed setting, a familiar geography, or the surface that evokes the most social commentary, skin—the body itself. The modern world moves at a greater speed than the world of a few generations ago, so we look for ways to sort our likes and dislikes, to set our comfort zones. These poems say: “don’t believe everything you see, look again.” The poems look at how borders between countries, or between genders and class have deepened the lines between the haves and have-nots. While everyone is on a collision course for lack of food and water, those dividing lines seem more impenetrable than ever, underscoring the disparity between gender, race, and class.

Table of Contents

  1. Front Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. Preface. Dancing in the Flaming World: A View of Alma Thomas
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. I
  2. p. 1
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  1. JuJu Crossings
  2. pp. 3-6
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  1. Making Ends Meet
  2. pp. 7-8
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  1. Nostalgia
  2. pp. 9-11
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  1. Mannequin
  2. pp. 12-13
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  1. The Silver Screen
  2. pp. 14-15
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  1. The Memory of Skin
  2. pp. 16-17
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  1. Is This Our Body?
  2. pp. 18-19
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  1. Pedestrians Crossing
  2. pp. 20-21
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  1. The Theory of Flight
  2. pp. 22-23
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  1. Ghosts of My Familiars
  2. p. 24
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  1. The Bone Thief
  2. pp. 25-26
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  1. Cataracts
  2. p. 27
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  1. Crossing the Rubicon at Seventy
  2. p. 28
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  1. Where Forgotten Things Belong
  2. p. 29
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  1. II
  2. p. 31
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  1. Collateral Damage
  2. p. 33
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  1. Military Woman: Evolution
  2. pp. 34-35
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  1. Recruited
  2. pp. 36-37
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  1. Humvee
  2. p. 38
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  1. First Blood
  2. p. 39
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  1. Altar Candles
  2. p. 40
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  1. Film Noir
  2. pp. 41-42
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  1. Roadkill
  2. pp. 43-44
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  1. What Stays Here
  2. pp. 45-47
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  1. R&R
  2. pp. 48-49
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  1. A Gender More Deadly
  2. p. 50
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  1. Second Tour
  2. p. 51
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  1. Furlough
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  1. The Homefront
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  1. What News
  2. pp. 54-55
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  1. III
  2. p. 57
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  1. On with the Dance
  2. pp. 59-60
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  1. Aubade
  2. p. 61
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  1. Falling in Love with the Sword Swallower
  2. p. 62
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  1. Vows
  2. p. 63
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  1. Counting Sheep
  2. p. 64
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  1. The Sojourner’s Diary
  2. p. 65
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  1. After the Waters
  2. pp. 66-67
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  1. Basin Street
  2. pp. 68-69
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  1. Ice Golf on the Arctic Circle
  2. p. 70
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  1. Crossing Oceans
  2. pp. 71-72
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  1. Hunger
  2. pp. 73-75
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  1. IV
  2. p. 77
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  1. Going There
  2. p. 79
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  1. American Rude
  2. pp. 80-81
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  1. Playing the Dozens
  2. pp. 82-83
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  1. Good Juju / Bad Juju
  2. pp. 84-85
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  1. Conceit
  2. pp. 86-87
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  1. Arrivals
  2. p. 88
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  1. Liquid Borders
  2. p. 89
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  1. Walmart with Snakes
  2. p. 90
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  1. Albedo
  2. pp. 91-92
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  1. Non-Combatant
  2. p. 93
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  1. The Art of War
  2. pp. 94-95
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  1. Diseases of the Earth
  2. pp. 96-100
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. 101
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  1. Back Cover
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