Cover

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pp. 1-1

Title Page, Awards Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. 2-7

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-xii

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Introduction to the Poems

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pp. xiii-xvi

A Tongue in the Mouth of the Dying by Laurie Ann Guerrero is a stunning collection of moving poems. Here, poetry is both universal and very local; the personal turns collective in the mode of Tomás Rivera’s Chicano classic . . . Y no se lo tragó la tierra / And the Earth Did Not Swallow Him. The authenticity and the plurality of the poetic voices strike the reader for their uncommon...

Preparing the Tongue

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pp. 1-2

Part I.

One Man’s Name: Colonization of the Poetic, i.

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pp. 5-22

Sundays after Breakfast: A Lesson in Speech

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pp. 6-23

Bluing the Linens

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pp. 7-24

Las Lenguas

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pp. 8-25

Summer

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pp. 9-10

One Man’s Name: Colonization of the Poetic, ii.

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pp. 11-28

A Meal for the Tribe

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pp. 12-29

One Man’s Name: Colonization of the Poetic, iii.

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pp. 13-30

Yellow Bird

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pp. 14-31

Little Mexican Pot

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pp. 15-32

Turnips

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pp. 16-33

Babies under the House

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pp. 17-18

One Man’s Name: Colonization of the Poetic, iv.

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pp. 19-36

One Man’s Name: Colonization of the Poetic, v.

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pp. 20-37

Roosters: Homecoming

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pp. 21-38

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Esperanza Tells Her Friends the Story of La Llorona

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pp. 22-23

She killed her babies in the river over there by the Bill MillerThey were brats. And they probably never helped her clean house,She drowned them one at a time, and herself, too, I think. That’sprobably why she cries. She probably didn’t mean to kill herself,Mexi can like us. Anyway, I think she re’carnates herself. Or...

Ode to El Cabrito

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pp. 24-41

Stray Cat

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pp. 25-42

How I Put Myself through School

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pp. 26-43

Morning Praise of Nightmares, one

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pp. 27-44

Morning Praise of Nightmares, two

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pp. 28-30

Part II.

Sundays after Breakfast: A Lesson in Cotton Picking

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pp. 33-34

Put Attention

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pp. 35-52

One Man’s Name: Colonization of the Poetic, vi.

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pp. 36-53

Breasts

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pp. 37-54

Ode to My Boots

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pp. 38-55

Ode to a Skein of Red Embroidery Thread

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pp. 39-56

One Man’s Name: Colonization of the Poetic, vii.

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pp. 40-57

Wooden Box

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pp. 41-58

Black Hat

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pp. 42-43

One Man’s Name: Colonization of the Poetic, viii.

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pp. 44-61

Mr. G’s Collection

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pp. 45-46

Cocooning

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pp. 47-64

Babies under the Skin

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pp. 48-65

Pinedale, CA

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pp. 49-66

Like Jesus

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pp. 50-67

When I Made Eggs This Morning

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pp. 51-68

Stones

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pp. 52-53

My Mother Woke a Rooster

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pp. 54-71

My Mother Asks to Be Cremated

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pp. 55-72

My Mother Will Take a Lover

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pp. 56-73

Ancient Algebra

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pp. 57-74

One Man’s Name: Colonization of the Poetic, ix.

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pp. 58-75

The Alchemy of Mothering

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pp. 59-76

Early Words for My Son

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pp. 60-77

On Blinding

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pp. 61-78

Birth Day

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pp. 62-64

Notes

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pp. 65-66

Back Cover

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pp. 84-84