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Vulgar Remedies
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"Anna Journey's poetry is really magical." -- David Lynch, director of Blue Velvet and creator of Twin Peaks

"Anna Journey's second collection of poems is wonderful and brings something precise and wild out of a vivid night, an imagery that finds its own necessary music, like sudden isolated birdsongs at dawn. The multiplying shadows of the mind are made exterior here, surprisingly illustrated with anecdotal thought. And Dante no longer concludes that all lovers are martyrs. I'm so happy to have this work in my life." -- Norman Dubie, author of The Volcano

"Anna Journey, in her new book of poems, Vulgar Remedies, creates an alchemical self whose shimmering limbic/alembic lyrics distill the mysterious terrors of childhood, the dangerous passions of adults, into her own honey-dusk 'voodun': protective, purified to gold. Poetry is always a time machine: here we are invisible travelers to a bewitched past, a beautifully occluded future. These poems are erotic, vertiginous, revelatory, their dazzling lyric force reflecting profound hermetic life." -- Carol Muske-Dukes, author of Twin Cities

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. iii-v
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. ONE
  2. pp. ix-ix
  1. Why Bioluminescent Shrimp Remind Me of Laura
  2. pp. 1-3
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  1. Vulgar Remedies: Tooth and Salt
  2. pp. 4-4
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  1. Leaving Texas
  2. pp. 5-5
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  1. Vulgar Remedies (2): If You Hold a Dying Creature during Childhood
  2. pp. 6-6
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  1. Diagnosis: Birds in the Blood
  2. pp. 7-8
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  1. Article for the End Times: Gas-Mask Bra
  2. pp. 9-10
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  1. Confessions of a Firestarter
  2. pp. 11-13
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  1. TWO
  2. pp. 15-15
  1. Warning
  2. pp. 17-18
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  1. Dermatographia
  2. pp. 19-21
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  1. Elegy Where I Initially Refuse to Eat Sand
  2. pp. 22-23
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  1. Wedding Night: We Share an Heirloom Tomato on Our Hotel Balcony Overlooking the Ocean in Which Natalie Wood Drowned
  2. pp. 24-26
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  1. Fable with Prison Nurse and an Early Morning Embrace
  2. pp. 27-28
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  1. Wool Blanket Covered in Nipples
  2. pp. 29-30
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  1. The Devil’s Apron
  2. pp. 31-32
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  1. Alarm
  2. pp. 33-33
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  1. Black Porcelain French Telephone
  2. pp. 34-36
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  1. THREE
  2. pp. 37-37
  1. One Week before the Vasectomy, We Stay in the Panama Hotel Bed & Breakfast in a Room Called Cole’s Dollhouse
  2. pp. 39-40
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  1. Tooth Fairy Pillow
  2. pp. 41-42
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  1. And Behold the Locks of the Three Dimensions Are Sprung
  2. pp. 43-44
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  1. The Spirit of the Hour Visits Big Pappa’s Barbecue Joint
  2. pp. 45-46
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  1. Nightmare before the Foreclosure
  2. pp. 47-48
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  1. Base Notes in Perfume Are Almost Always of Animal Origin
  2. pp. 49-50
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  1. Mercy
  2. pp. 51-51
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  1. Moose Head Mounted on the Wall of Big Pappa’s Barbecue Joint
  2. pp. 52-52
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  1. Hide and Seek with Time Machine
  2. pp. 53-54
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  1. Danse Macabre, Mississippi: My Great-Grandmother Fires a BB Gun
  2. pp. 55-56
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  1. FOUR
  2. pp. 57-57
  1. When I Reached into the Stomach of a Fistulated Dairy Cow: Sixth Grade Field Trip to Sonny’s Dairy Barn
  2. pp. 59-61
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  1. Honey Dusk Do Sprawl
  2. pp. 62-62
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  1. The History in Coffee
  2. pp. 63-64
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  1. Sonnets to Ambien
  2. pp. 65-67
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  1. There’s Another Forest Growing in the Water
  2. pp. 68-69
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  1. Alarm (2)
  2. pp. 70-70
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  1. Sonnets to the Egyptian Chamomile Farmers
  2. pp. 71-73
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  1. Saint Bruise
  2. pp. 74-75
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  1. As I Rewind
  2. pp. 76-76
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 77-78
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