Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-x

To _____ from the Jewish Cemetery in Williamson, West Virginia

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pp. 3-8

Part 1

To Wendy from Yellow Hickory

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pp. 11-12

To Plumly from Lummi Island

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pp. 13-14

To Hugo from SoDo

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pp. 15-16

To Biespiel from Schul

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pp. 17-18

To Wilman from Walla Walla

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pp. 19-20

To Keller from Skamania Lodge

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pp. 21-22

To Ruest from Winston-Salem

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pp. 23-25

To Gifford from Kiowa County

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pp. 26-30

Part 2

To Bierds from the Cannery Pier Hotel

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pp. 33-35

To Ansel from the Hotel Andra

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pp. 36-37

To Di Piero from Dufur

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pp. 38-41

To Farnsworth from Bar Avignon

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pp. 42-44

To Collier from United Flight 304

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pp. 45-50

To Buckley from Berkeley

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pp. 51-53

To Conda from Anaconda

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pp. 54-62

To Wendy from the Gershwin Hotel

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pp. 63-66

Part 3

To Smith from Northhampton

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pp. 69-72

To Snyder from the Blue Scorcher Café

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pp. 73-78

To Sylvester from Terminal B

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pp. 79-83

To Gifford from United Flight 308

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pp. 84-92

To C.D. from D.C.

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pp. 93-102

To Unrau from Union

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pp. 103-107

To Lenney from the Greenbrier Hotel

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pp. 108-111

To Biespiel from United Flight 1037

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pp. 112-113

To Luke from United Flight 251

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pp. 114-116

To Wendy from the Crow's Nest

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pp. 117-120

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Postscript

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pp. 121-130

...The recipients of these epistolary poems include family, writers, friends, and friendly political rivals. They are composed in variable iambics with irregular rhyming. The letters cover the years 2007–2011, which correspond with the end of the Bush years...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 131-132

...My gratitude to the editors of the following periodicals for first publishing some of the poems in this book...

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About the Author

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pp. 133-133

...David Biespiel was born in 1964 in Tulsa, Oklahoma and grew up in Harris County, Texas, in Houston. A competitive springboard and platform diver from the age of seven, he competed in the ncca as well as in the United States Diving Championships...