Cover

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pp. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. iii-v

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

ONE

Why Bioluminescent Shrimp Remind Me of Laura

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pp. 1-3

Vulgar Remedies: Tooth and Salt

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pp. 4-4

Leaving Texas

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pp. 5-5

Vulgar Remedies (2): If You Hold a Dying Creature during Childhood

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pp. 6-6

Diagnosis: Birds in the Blood

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pp. 7-8

Article for the End Times: Gas-Mask Bra

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pp. 9-10

Confessions of a Firestarter

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pp. 11-13

TWO

Warning

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pp. 17-18

Dermatographia

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pp. 19-21

Elegy Where I Initially Refuse to Eat Sand

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pp. 22-23

Wedding Night: We Share an Heirloom Tomato on Our Hotel Balcony Overlooking the Ocean in Which Natalie Wood Drowned

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pp. 24-26

Fable with Prison Nurse and an Early Morning Embrace

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pp. 27-28

Wool Blanket Covered in Nipples

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pp. 29-30

The Devil’s Apron

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pp. 31-32

Alarm

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pp. 33-33

Black Porcelain French Telephone

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pp. 34-36

THREE

One Week before the Vasectomy, We Stay in the Panama Hotel Bed & Breakfast in a Room Called Cole’s Dollhouse

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pp. 39-40

Tooth Fairy Pillow

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pp. 41-42

And Behold the Locks of the Three Dimensions Are Sprung

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pp. 43-44

The Spirit of the Hour Visits Big Pappa’s Barbecue Joint

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pp. 45-46

Nightmare before the Foreclosure

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pp. 47-48

Base Notes in Perfume Are Almost Always of Animal Origin

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pp. 49-50

Mercy

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pp. 51-51

Moose Head Mounted on the Wall of Big Pappa’s Barbecue Joint

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pp. 52-52

Hide and Seek with Time Machine

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pp. 53-54

Danse Macabre, Mississippi: My Great-Grandmother Fires a BB Gun

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pp. 55-56

FOUR

When I Reached into the Stomach of a Fistulated Dairy Cow: Sixth Grade Field Trip to Sonny’s Dairy Barn

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pp. 59-61

Honey Dusk Do Sprawl

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pp. 62-62

The History in Coffee

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pp. 63-64

Sonnets to Ambien

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pp. 65-67

There’s Another Forest Growing in the Water

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pp. 68-69

Alarm (2)

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pp. 70-70

Sonnets to the Egyptian Chamomile Farmers

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pp. 71-73

Saint Bruise

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pp. 74-75

As I Rewind

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pp. 76-76

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 77-78

Grateful acknowledgment is made to the following publications in which these poems first appeared: The Best American Poetry 2013: “Wedding Night: We Share an Heirloom Tomato on Our Hotel Balcony Overlooking the Ocean in Which Natalie Wood Drowned” ...