Cover

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Contents

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pp. ix-xi

One

Partita for Sparrows

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pp. 3-3

Practical Water

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pp. 4-6

Enchanted Twig

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pp. 7-9

Ballad at the State Capitol

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pp. 10-11

Rhopalic Aubade

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pp. 12-12

International Dateline

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pp. 13-13

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The Eighties: An Essay

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pp. 14-15

A friend asks, “What was at stake for you in the Eighties?” She’s trying to figure out Bay Area Poetry. There was Reagan’s New Morning for America.Garfield dolls stuck to the backs of windshields with suction cups. At the be-ginning of the Eighties I was married & at the end i was not. The Civil Rights Movement became kind of quiet. Feminism became kind of quiet. An editor...

[i looked up from my reading]

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pp. 16-16

Phone Booth

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pp. 17-17

Tiergarten Scenes

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pp. 18-20

Autumn Fugue

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pp. 21-21

Shadows in Snow

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pp. 22-22

Landing in Fog

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pp. 23-23

Pacific Ocean

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pp. 24-30

TWO

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Reportorial Poetry, Trance & Activism: An Essay

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pp. 32-32

Reportorial poetics can be used to record detail with immediacy while one is doing an action & thinking about something else. Experience crosses over with that which is outside experience; the unknown receives this information as an aquifer receives replenishing rain. Meditative states can be used to cross material boundaries, to allow you to be in several places at once, such as Congress & ancient Babylon...

In a Senate Armed Services Hearing

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pp. 34-36

Northern California Women

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pp. 37-38

Dragonskin

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pp. 39-40

Near the Great Arch

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pp. 41-41

A Violet in the Crucible

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pp. 42-43

Girl Sleuth

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pp. 44-44

From the White House Lawn

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pp. 45-45

Permission to Be Strange

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pp. 46-46

The Late Cold War

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pp. 47-47

In a House Subcommittee on Electronic Surveillance

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pp. 48-49

In the Trance

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pp. 50-50

Economics in Washington

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pp. 51-53

THREE

September Moon / September Moon

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pp. 57-57

October Moon / October Moon

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pp. 58-58

November Moon / November Moon

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pp. 59-59

December Moon / December Moon

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pp. 60-60

January Moon / January Moon

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pp. 61-61

February Dawn / February Moon

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pp. 62-62

March Moon / March Moon

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pp. 63-63

April moon / April moon

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pp. 64-64

May Moon / May Moon

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pp. 65-65

June Moon / June Moon

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pp. 66-66

July Moon / July Moon

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pp. 67-67

August Moon / September Moon

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pp. 68-68

FOUR

Pacific Storms

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pp. 71-71

Anthem for Aquifers

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pp. 72-74

Local Water & the Universal Sea

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pp. 75-75

Request to the Berkeley City Council Concerning Strawberry Creek

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pp. 76-77

Berkeley Water

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pp. 78-79

The Covenant

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pp. 80-80

Earth's Shadow

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pp. 81-83

Sacramento Delta

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pp. 84-84

Hydrology of California: An Ecopoetical Alphabet

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pp. 85-95

Neap Tide

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pp. 96-97

Still Points in Water

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pp. 98-98

To a Desert Poet

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pp. 99-100

Acknowledgments & Notes

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pp. 101-103