Cover

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pp. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

...Special thanks to Janet Griffin, Steve Griffin, Ron Griffin, Bryan Moss, Jason E. Smith, Mark Levine, and James Galvin. Some of these pieces have been previously published, sometimes in slightly different form, in the journals...

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Preface

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pp. xi-xii

...The following work I found discarded at various locations around the desert, mostly in abandoned trailers and homesteads, from 2010 to 2013. The pieces are either transcribed verbatim or scanned as is...

I. Brisbane Valley, California

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pp. 1-24

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II. East of Twentynine Palms, California

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pp. 25-42

...My husband has a problem controlling his anger. He will “blow up” at the smallest things. It is difficult on the entire family. I get especially upset when he fails to control his anger around our children. On many occasions he has thrown and broken things. Once he threw a plate over our older daughter’s head and it struck the wall and shattered, almost hitting her. Another time he threw a pop...

III. Lucerne Valley, California

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pp. 43-52

IV. Barstow–Yermo, California

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pp. 53-62

V. Lida Junction–Pahrump, Nevada

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pp. 63-116

VI. East of Fallon, Nevada

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pp. 117-144

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Afterword

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pp. 145-150

...Part archaeology, part scrapbook, part catalog of the modes and manners of representation available to subjects of postmodern American struggle, this work documents a journey through an underworld that adjoins our own familiar, ordered world, with which it comes to bear unnerving affinities. The book’s materials are brutally, literally, real, and the austerity of its means rejects alteration or fabrication...

Kuhl House Poets

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pp. 151-152