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In Broken Latin explores in a series of deft, witty, sexy, and soulful poems the misunderstood, idealized, and marginalized life of a modern Roman Catholic nun. In these poems, set in the patriarchal institution of the convent, Annette Spaulding-Convy comments on the American woman’s struggle for spiritual identity in contemporary culture through the voice of an ex-nun now mother/wife creating a life for herself in the world, while searching for an ethical, spiritual meaning not dependent upon traditional religious dogma.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Contents
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  1. Part I
  2. p. 1
  1. After Reciting 333 Titles for The Virgin Mary, I Remember Only 4
  2. pp. 3-5
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  1. In the Convent We Become Clouds
  2. p. 6
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  1. from Uterine Dogma
  2. pp. 7-9
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  1. Saint Valentine’s Dinner with Nuns
  2. p. 10
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  1. Midnight Snack with Saint Agatha
  2. p. 11
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  1. There Were No Rules about Underwear
  2. p. 12
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  1. Confessions from an Apiary
  2. p. 13
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  1. Madonna after Vespers (Remix)
  2. p. 14
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  1. Lighting Candles to Patsy Cline
  2. p. 15
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  1. Wearing a Scarf of Recycled Sari Yarn, I Want Other Gods
  2. p. 16
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  1. Against the Rules, I’ve Added Honey to the Altar Bread
  2. p. 17
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  1. Part II
  2. p. 19
  1. The Girl with the Tiny Pocketknife
  2. p. 21
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  1. Feeding Stations of the Cross
  2. pp. 22-25
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  1. Three Classes of Relics
  2. p. 26
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  1. Bonsai Nun
  2. p. 27
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  1. When the Priest Stays for Sunday Brunch
  2. p. 28
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  1. In the Shower, She Sees White Roses
  2. p. 29
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  1. Everything except Her Head
  2. pp. 30-33
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  1. Sunday Afternoon, Waterboarding
  2. pp. 34-35
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  1. Part III
  2. p. 37
  1. Apologia Pro Vita Mea
  2. pp. 39-40
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  1. The Morning I Make Vows, the Space Shuttle Explodes
  2. p. 41
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  1. Pietà
  2. p. 42
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  1. Odors of Sanctity
  2. pp. 43-44
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  1. The Fleet Admiral’s Daughter
  2. pp. 45-46
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  1. You Died before I Sent a Card
  2. pp. 47-48
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  1. Why She Would Take Off Her Shoes before Jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge
  2. p. 49
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  1. After the Abortion, Summer Visits Me in the Convent
  2. p. 50
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  1. Virgin Martyrs’ Chiffon Dessert
  2. pp. 51-52
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  1. Part IV
  2. p. 53
  1. An Ex-Nun Resurrects the Dating God
  2. p. 55
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  1. We Color the White That Binds Us
  2. p. 56
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  1. Oratio Nocturna
  2. p. 57
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  1. I bring my newborn to the convent
  2. p. 58
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  1. “She Got Some Cute Little Lips on Her Wrist”
  2. pp. 59-60
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  1. It’s Just Hypocrisy Needling Me
  2. p. 61
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  1. Six Ways to Sunday
  2. pp. 62-63
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  1. Hollow Women
  2. pp. 64-65
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  1. Via Negativa
  2. pp. 66-67
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 69-72
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