Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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pp. ix-x

The Pearl

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pp. 1-2

Part I

The Door Flies Open

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p. 5

Nocturnal

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pp. 6-7

This Time We’ll Go to Kentucky Fried Chicken

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p. 8

Coney Island, 1977

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pp. 9-10

The Blue Dress with the Daisies

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p. 11

We Move to a House Where He Never Lived

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pp. 12-13

The Goose Girl

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pp. 14-15

Penny Poker

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p. 16

May 18, 1980

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pp. 17-18

When She Married Him

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p. 19

“A Woman Was Raped Here”

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pp. 20-21

Cecilia

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p. 22

After the Hysterectomy

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p. 23

Elegy with Carousel and Doorknob

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p. 24

Cefalu

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pp. 25-26

Ars Poetica

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pp. 27-28

Part II

The Deaf Girls

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p. 31

Hide and Seek

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pp. 32-33

Donut Parade

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pp. 34-35

Flight

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pp. 36-37

Muddy Waters

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p. 38

Mr. Birdsell, Room 108

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p. 39

Even Though I Know the Door to Our Compartment Won’t Lock

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p. 40

Salt of the Earth

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pp. 41-42

Wyoming

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pp. 43-44

Seatac

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pp. 45-46

In Paris Women Walk in the Dark

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pp. 47-48

July

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p. 49

The Big Dipper

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p. 50

Menlo

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pp. 51-52

The Flower Horses

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p. 53

Paper Clothes

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p. 54

Watching Oksana

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pp. 55-56

Part III

Merge

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pp. 59-60

Instructions for My Mother’s Funeral

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pp. 61-62

Long Distance

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pp. 63-64

You Flew across the Map

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pp. 65-66

For the Bible Tells Me So

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pp. 67-68

Something about Winning

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pp. 69-70

Community College

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pp. 71-72

The Little Mermaid, the Long Version

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pp. 73-74

For Matthew, Who Doesn’t Love the Sea

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pp. 75-76

The House on North Stevens

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p. 77

How to Be Sad

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p. 78

At the Chicago Art Institute, My Mother Tells Me to Write a Poem about Jeannette

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pp. 79-83

About a Baby

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pp. 84-85

Trying to Contact Neil Diamond

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pp. 86-88

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 89-90

Many thanks to the editors of the publications in which some of these poems first appeared: Bellingham Review, “Seatac” and “July”; Blue Earth Review, “Cecilia,” “Cefalu,” and “Ars Poetica”; Cincinnati Review, “Wyoming”; Cold Mountain Review, “The Pearl”; Crab Creek Review, “Flight”; ...