Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-xii

Many thanks to the editors of the publications in which some of these poems have appeared previously, sometimes in different forms...

1971

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pp. 1-10

En Route to Bangladesh, Another Crisis of Faith

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pp. 11-12

Reading Willa Cather in Bangladesh

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pp. 13-14

[I place one foot then the other . . .]

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pp. 15-15

Dhaka Aubade

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pp. 16-16

Elegy with Her Red-Tipped Fingers

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pp. 17-19

Reading Tranströmer in Bangladesh

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pp. 20-22

Instructions for the Interviewer

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pp. 23-23

[Tell her what happened to you . . .]

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pp. 24-24

Interview with a Birangona: 1. What were you doing when they came for you?

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pp. 25-25

Interview with a Birangona: 2. Where did the Pakistani military take you, and were there others there?

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pp. 26-26

Interviewer’s Note: i. [You walk past white high-rises]

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pp. 27-27

Interview with a Birangona: 3. Would you consider yourself a survivor or a victim?

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pp. 28-28

Interviewer’s Note: ii. [You listen to the percussion]

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pp. 29-29

Interview with a Birangona: 4. Were there other women there? Did you get along with them?

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pp. 30-31

The Interviewer Acknowledges Desire

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pp. 32-33

Interview with a Birangona: 5. Who was in charge at this camp? What were your days like?

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pp. 34-34

Reading Willa Cather in Bangladesh

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pp. 35-37

Interviewer’s Note: iii. [If burnt, she said, I’ll turn to ash,]

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pp. 38-38

Interview with a Birangona: 6. Many of the birangona had children by Pakistani soldiers. Did you have a child as well?

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pp. 39-40

Interviewer’s Note: iv. [Today there is no drinking]

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pp. 41-41

The Interviewer Acknowledges Shame

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pp. 42-43

Interview with a Birangona: 7. Do you have siblings? Where were they?

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pp. 44-45

Interviewer’s Note: v. [But wasn’t it the neat narrative]

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pp. 46-46

The Interviewer Acknowledges Grief

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pp. 47-48

Interview with a Birangona: 8. After the war was over, what did you do? Did you go back home?

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pp. 49-50

Reading Celan at the Liberation War Museum

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pp. 51-57

[Many corpses are stacked, . . .]

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pp. 58-58

Aubade Ending with the Death of a Mosquito

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pp. 59-60

Dhaka Nocturne

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pp. 61-62

Reading Willa Cather in Bangladesh

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pp. 63-63

En Route to Bangladesh, Another Crisis of Faith

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pp. 64-64

[I struggled my way . . .]

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pp. 65-65

Other Works in the Series, Back Cover

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