Frontmatter

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Title Page, Copyright, Acknowledgments, Dedication, Epigraph

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pp. 3-10

Contents

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pp. 11-14

Section I. Ruined Cities

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pp. 17-18

First Incarnation

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pp. 19-19

Tuesday, 2 A.M.

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pp. 20-21

Trembling on the Brink of a Mesquite Tree

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pp. 22-23

City In Which I Love

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pp. 24-25

Leaving New York

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pp. 26-26

A Photograph is An Argument

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pp. 27-27

The Palace of Contemplating Departure

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pp. 28-29

The Exile

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pp. 30-31

The Messenger

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pp. 32-32

Cambria, Late Spring

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pp. 33-33

Avignon, Early Summer

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pp. 34-35

Winter in Denmark

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pp. 36-37

Moonlight Over the Valley, Late October

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pp. 38-38

Section II. Women and Children

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pp. 39-40

Cottonwood [Mother]

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pp. 41-41

Climbing Bare Rock [First Daughter]

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pp. 42-42

Upright Against the Redwood [Second Daughter]

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pp. 43-43

Running, River [First Daughter]

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pp. 44-44

Asleep in the Mapou [Son]

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pp. 45-45

Indrawn Seas [Mother, Departing]

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pp. 46-46

Section III. Shape of Fire

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pp. 47-48

Second Incarnation

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pp. 49-49

Mercy Me 


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pp. 50-50

The Gathering Mind

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pp. 51-53

Alma, 1942

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pp. 54-55

Daughter

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pp. 56-57

Shape of Fire

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pp. 58-58

California Heartland

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pp. 59-59

Waiting

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pp. 60-61

Prayer For The One Who Could Not Stop Looking

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pp. 62-63

Present In All Things

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pp. 64-65

Tree of Life

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pp. 66-66

Spring, San Francisco

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pp. 67-67

Summer, San Buenaventura

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pp. 68-68

Winter, Ithaca

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pp. 69-70

Autumn in the Garden With Her Ghost

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pp. 71-72

Section IV. Steel and Light

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pp. 73-74

Prologue

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pp. 75-75

[Moonlight]

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pp. 76-77

[Gun]

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pp. 78-78

[Knife]

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pp. 79-79

[Star]

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pp. 80-81

[Tracks]

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pp. 82-82

[First Daylight]

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pp. 83-83

Coda: Deep in the Cloud-filled Valley

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pp. 84-84

Notes

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pp. 85-86

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About the Author

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pp. 88-88

Brynn Saito is the winner of Red Hen Press’s 2011 Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award. Her poetry has been anthologized by Helen Vendler and Ishmael Reed; it has also appeared in Ninth Letter, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Pleiades, and Drunken Boat, among other journals. ...