Cover

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pp. C-C

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, Quote

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pp. i-viii

Contents

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pp. ix-x

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Foreword

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pp. xi-2

Nikky Finney’s The World Is Round is a book to live by, a book that is full of sure magic. There is a rosary quality to the poetry here, as if it were prayer, as if its grace is revealed through repetition and patience, vulnerability and yearning . . . through engagement with the human interior....

The World Is Round: The Breast of the Garment Measured

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pp. 3-6

The Squatting Sun

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pp. 7-8

Coda

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pp. 9-13

The New Medicine

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pp. 14-17

Lobengula: Her Wall-Bound Child

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pp. 18-20

Mean Nina

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pp. 21-25

The Running of the Bulls

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pp. 26-27

Elephantine

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pp. 28-30

The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau

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pp. 31-37

“Ain’t Too Proud to Beg”

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pp. 38-38

Hurricane Beulah

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pp. 39-52

The Greatest Show on Earth

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pp. 53-55

Shark Bite

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pp. 56-58

Sign Language

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pp. 59-59

The New Cotton

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pp. 60-61

The Girlfriend’s Train

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pp. 62-65

Hate

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pp. 66-67

Easy-Bake

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pp. 68-69

Labor Strike

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pp. 70-70

My Old Kentucky Home: Where the Darkies Are Gay

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pp. 71-80

Afro-Gregorian Chant

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pp. 81-82

Froglegs

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pp. 83-84

Sex

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pp. 85-87

The Dive

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pp. 88-88

Steamed Rice

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pp. 89-92

Metallurgy

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pp. 93-95

Assam

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pp. 96-97

“A Hero Ain’t Nothin’ but a Sandwich”

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pp. 98-99

The Making of Paper

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pp. 100-102

Fishing Among the Learned

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pp. 103-107

Charm

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pp. 108-109