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To the Bramble and the Briar
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“Even the chairs of To the Bramble and the Briar are enchantments: the two Hepplewhites broken during a fantastic brawl between Abraham Lincoln and Fredrick Douglass, the Windsor chair ‘upon which the president sat to think,’ the chair lowered into a well wherein he ‘passed a pleasant afternoon reading.’ The real enchantment here is, of course, Lincoln animated by war, robots, asteroids, shark attacks, and all else Steve Scafidi conjures in these irreverent new poems. To the Bramble and the Briar is a sublime, inimitable achievement.” —Terrance Hayes, author of Lighthead: Poems Steve Scafidi, a cabinet maker, is the author of two books of poetry: For Love of Common Words and Sparks from a Nine-Pound Hammer.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page, Dedication
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. One
  2. pp. 1-2
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  1. The Cradle
  2. p. 3
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  1. The Boughs
  2. pp. 4-6
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  1. The Cavalry
  2. pp. 7-8
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  1. The Palace
  2. p. 9
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  1. The Greeting
  2. pp. 10-11
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  1. The Telegraph
  2. p. 12
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  1. The Pot
  2. p. 13
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  1. The Tar
  2. p. 14
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  1. The Well
  2. p. 15
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  1. The Beams
  2. p. 16
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  1. The Dance
  2. p. 17
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  1. The Hatchet
  2. p. 18
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  1. The Kite
  2. pp. 19-20
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  1. The Wine
  2. p. 21
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  1. The Wheelbarrow
  2. pp. 22-24
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  1. Two
  2. pp. 25-26
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  1. The Chickadee
  2. p. 27
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  1. The Hymn
  2. p. 28
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  1. The Bucket
  2. pp. 29-30
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  1. The Shark
  2. pp. 31-32
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  1. The Dish
  2. p. 33
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  1. The Puzzle
  2. pp. 34-35
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  1. The Coin
  2. pp. 36-38
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  1. The Jar
  2. pp. 39-40
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  1. The Torches
  2. p. 41
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  1. The Dollar
  2. p. 42
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  1. The Cake
  2. p. 43
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  1. The Bride
  2. p. 44
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  1. The Robot
  2. p. 45
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  1. The Swords
  2. pp. 46-47
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  1. The Parade
  2. pp. 48-50
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  1. Three
  2. pp. 51-52
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  1. The Pageant
  2. pp. 53-54
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  1. The Cemetery
  2. pp. 55-56
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  1. The Continent
  2. pp. 57-58
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  1. The Dwarf
  2. pp. 59-60
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  1. The Gentleman
  2. pp. 61-62
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  1. The Ship
  2. pp. 63-64
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  1. The Woods
  2. p. 65
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  1. The Barber
  2. p. 66
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  1. The Photograph
  2. p. 67
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  1. The Goblin
  2. pp. 68-69
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  1. The Jellyfish
  2. pp. 70-71
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  1. The Button
  2. p. 72
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  1. The Tower
  2. pp. 73-74
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  1. The Asteroid
  2. pp. 75-76
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  1. The Scythe
  2. pp. 77-78
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 79-80
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  1. Back Cover
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