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Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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pp. v-viii

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Introduction: Out of the Dust

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pp. ix-x

The events of 9/11 occurred during my tenure as San Francisco’s second poet laureate. City gatherings and media requested my words and poetry in response to the devastation. I felt paralyzed and mute. I found myself obsessing about the smallest details of grocery lists and fretting over my cat and my daughter...

Out of the Dust

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pp. 1-2

The Grass Is Defiant

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pp. 3-4

When Mothers Talk

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pp. 5-7

Home

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pp. 8-10

A Thousand Cranes

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pp. 11-12

Ehren Watada

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pp. 13-14

High Heels and False Teeth

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pp. 15-17

Being Here

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p. 18

Some Women

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p. 19

Imperfect Enough

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pp. 20-21

Letter to My Daughter

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pp. 22-23

Her Fault

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pp. 24-26

Breasts

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pp. 27-28

Thirsty

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pp. 29-30

Driller

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pp. 31-32

Junko

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pp. 33-34

Kathy Change

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pp. 35-36

For the Price of a Rental Car

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pp. 37-38

On Her Wedding Day

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pp. 39-40

Untitled

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p. 41

Dance with the Stranger

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pp. 42-44

Dance

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pp. 45-47

Step Fiercely

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pp. 48-49

You Are in My Eyes

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pp. 50-52

Haiku for the de Young

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pp. 53-55

Winter Waka

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p. 56

New Year Tanka

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p. 57

Al Robles

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pp. 58-60

Last Place on Earth

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pp. 61-62

Desert Flowers II

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pp. 63-65

We, the Dangerous

Looking for America

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pp. 68-69

Paradise

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p. 70

Looking for America

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p. 71

Beauty Contest

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pp. 72-76

“I Can’t Forget the Face”

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p. 77

Yes, We Are Not Invisible

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p. 78

Looking for America: Found You

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p. 79

Progeny

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pp. 80-81

Lullabye

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pp. 82-83

Why Is Preparing Fish a Political Act?

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pp. 84-85

Red

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pp. 86-87

Graciella

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pp. 88-89

Jungle Rot and Open Arms

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pp. 90-92

We, the Dangerous

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pp. 93-94

Desert Flowers I

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pp. 95-97

Breaking Silence

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pp. 98-99

Insect Collection

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pp. 100-101

You Turned Your Head

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pp. 102-103

Bowl of Rage

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pp. 104-105

Where Bodies Are Buried

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pp. 106-117

Without Tongue

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p. 118

Breaking Silence

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pp. 119-122

Prisons of Silence

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pp. 123-127

For My Father

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pp. 128-129

Hospitals Are to Die In

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pp. 130-131

Woman with Straight Back

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pp. 132-133

Woman with Straight Back

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pp. 134-137

Cry

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pp. 138-140

Orchid Daughter

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pp. 141-142

Without Comfort

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pp. 143-144

Generations of Women

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pp. 145-151

Ms.

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pp. 152-153

August 6

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pp. 154-155

Sing with Your Body

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pp. 156-157

Late with Lunch

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pp. 158-159

Late with Lunch

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pp. 160-162

Lydia

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p. 163

Wrong Place, Wrong Time

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p. 164

Doreen

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pp. 165-167

Suicide Note

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pp. 168-169

It Isn’t Easy

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pp. 170-171

Tongues Afire

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pp. 172-173

War of the Body

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pp. 174-176

What Matters

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pp. 177-179

Her Face

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pp. 180-181

Soul Food

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pp. 182-183

Breaking Tradition

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pp. 184-185

Shadow in Stone

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pp. 186-189

Tongues Afire

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pp. 190-191

Glossary

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pp. 192-195

About the Author

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