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In Jon Pineda’s debut collection Birthmark, loss takes the shape of a scar, memory the shape of a childhood, and identity the shape of a birthmark on a lover’s thigh. Like water taking the form of its container, Pineda’s poems swell to fill the lines of his experiences. Against the backdrop of Tidewater, Virginia’s crabs and cicadas, Pineda invokes his mestizo—the Tagalog word for being half Filipino—childhood, weaving laments for a tenuous paternal relationship and the loss of a sibling. Channeling these fragmented memories into a new discovery of self, Birthmark reclaims an identity, delicate yet unrelenting, with plaintive tones marked equally by pain, reflection, and redemption.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-3
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  1. Title Page
  2. pp. 4-4
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  1. Copyright
  2. pp. 5-9
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. 10-11
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. 1. Half
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. Matamis
  2. pp. 3-3
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  1. Wrestling
  2. pp. 4-4
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  1. Memory in the Shape of a Swimming Lesson
  2. pp. 5-9
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  1. Visitation, or How a Son Came to Resemble the Archangel
  2. pp. 10-10
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  1. Arboretum
  2. pp. 11-11
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  1. The Metaphor of Sunlight Can Be Carried in a Bucket
  2. pp. 12-12
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  1. A Shadow of Gulls
  2. pp. 13-13
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  1. The Muse, or Stars Out on Interstate 81 South
  2. pp. 14-14
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  1. Willoughby Spit
  2. pp. 15-16
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  1. 2. Door That Always Opens
  2. pp. 17-18
  1. Between Rounds
  2. pp. 19-26
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  1. Memory in the Shape of a House Made of Doors
  2. pp. 27-27
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  1. Shelter
  2. pp. 28-28
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  1. Black Sea Bass
  2. pp. 29-29
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  1. Birthmark
  2. pp. 30-30
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  1. 3. Inevitable Distance
  2. pp. 31-32
  1. Miscarriage
  2. pp. 33-33
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  1. Five about Flowers
  2. pp. 34-38
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  1. Corolla
  2. pp. 39-39
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  1. Hunger
  2. pp. 40-40
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  1. A Few Words on Rome, or The Neighbor Who Never Waves
  2. pp. 41-45
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  1. Weight
  2. pp. 46-46
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  1. Bonfire
  2. pp. 47-47
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  1. Night Feeding
  2. pp. 48-48
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  1. 4. Undoing
  2. pp. 49-50
  1. Living Together
  2. pp. 51-51
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  1. In Strange Circles
  2. pp. 52-52
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  1. Translation
  2. pp. 53-54
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  1. In the Romance of Grief
  2. pp. 55-59
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  1. This Poetry
  2. pp. 60-61
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  1. Other Books in the Crab Orchard Award Series in Poetry
  2. pp. 62-62
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  1. Back Cover
  2. pp. 63-63
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780809388615
Print ISBN
9780809325702
MARC Record
OCLC
830863000
Pages
80
Launched on MUSE
2014-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
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