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Pacific Walkers
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Nance Van Winckel's wry, provocative slant on the world and her command of images and ideas enliven these stunning poems. Presented in two parts, Pacific Walkers first gives imagined voice to anonymous dead individuals, entries in the John Doe network of the Spokane County Medical Examiner's Records. The focus then shifts to named but now-forgotten individuals in a discarded early-1900s photo album purchased in a secondhand store. We encounter figures devoid of history but enduring among us as lockered remains, and figures who come with histories - first names and dates, and faces preserved in photographs - but who no longer belong to anyone. The voice that brings us these poems is multifaceted-now a reporter for the Daily Sun, now a child, now a ghost, now historical, now autobiographical-always revelatory in its life force and urgent questioning. It is, finally, as fluid as the river that winds through, uniting these singular and unknown selves. Their worlds - and ours - intersect and flicker in this haunting book.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. I / Pacific Walkers
  2. pp. 1-1
  1. ON
  2. pp. 2-2
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  1. Signing on with The Daily Sun
  2. pp. 3-3
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  1. Last Address
  2. pp. 4-5
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  1. Briefing
  2. pp. 6-6
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  1. His Other Car Was a Train
  2. pp. 7-7
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  1. John Doe #130969
  2. pp. 8-8
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  1. The River That Runs AboveThe River That Runs Beneath
  2. pp. 9-9
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  1. I Too Sip from the Flask
  2. pp. 10-11
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  1. Annunciation
  2. pp. 12-12
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  1. Afraid of My Rays, No One Comes Near
  2. pp. 13-13
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  1. IN
  2. pp. 14-14
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  1. When the River Comes toward Me
  2. pp. 15-16
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  1. Complete Stranger
  2. pp. 17-17
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  1. As Reported
  2. pp. 18-18
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  1. I Take Notes in the Cold
  2. pp. 19-19
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  1. Only As Good As Your Feet
  2. pp. 20-20
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  1. Compromised State
  2. pp. 21-21
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  1. Say What You Will
  2. pp. 22-22
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  1. Retablo
  2. pp. 23-23
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  1. “Outlaw Mentality”
  2. pp. 24-24
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  1. My Weight in Ants
  2. pp. 25-25
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  1. The River Pulls Awake a Morning
  2. pp. 26-26
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  1. OUT
  2. pp. 27-27
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  1. Decked Out
  2. pp. 28-28
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  1. They Flee from Me
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  1. Unflappable
  2. pp. 30-30
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  1. Apparently Not
  2. pp. 31-31
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  1. Strobe
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  1. Coordinates of X
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  1. Happy & Terrified When We Wake
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  1. II / RAIN ON
  2. pp. 35-35
  1. ON
  2. pp. 36-36
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  1. Rained On
  2. pp. 37-37
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  1. What Is the Who?
  2. pp. 38-38
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  1. A Man Mistakes Me for a Mannequin
  2. pp. 39-39
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  1. Take Them from Me
  2. pp. 40-40
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  1. A Last Moth of August
  2. pp. 41-41
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  1. My You Mother May I?
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  1. Thin Ice
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  1. Stopped in the Midst of Going On
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  1. Late June, 1960
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  1. Write Back When You Can
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  1. IN
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  1. Canals
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  1. Stole (Wedding Photograph, 1911)
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  1. On Hudson Street
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  1. In Our Minds
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  1. Ground into Being
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  1. Crypt Window
  2. pp. 53-53
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  1. At Value Village
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  1. Song of the Sang-Froid(Who Knocketh?)
  2. pp. 55-55
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  1. I Am My Own Assistant
  2. pp. 56-56
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  1. OUT
  2. pp. 57-57
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  1. Once I Had a Badge
  2. pp. 58-58
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  1. I Have My Own Damned Family—Thank YouVery Much—But Theirs Apparently Has Nobody
  2. pp. 59-59
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  1. Nuzzle
  2. pp. 60-60
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  1. Who Died and Made You Our Foreigner?
  2. pp. 61-62
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  1. Coming to Her Senses
  2. pp. 63-63
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  1. The Definite Article
  2. pp. 64-64
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  1. Art Brut
  2. pp. 65-65
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  1. Shut Up & Row
  2. pp. 66-67
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  1. No Sign of My Passing
  2. pp. 68-68
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  1. AC KNOW LEDGMENTS
  2. p. 69
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