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“In Leah Osowski’s exquisite debut, hover over her, the poet immerses us in geographies of unrealized adolescence, where young women are singular amidst their cacophonous backdrops, whether beside a lake, inside a Dali painting, or stretched out in a flower garden. These spaces are turned inside out for us through Osowski’s linguistic curiosity and unforgettable imagistic palate. Negative possibilities hang around every corner as well, showing us the ways in which we are also complicit in the constructions and obstructions of gender. As the speaker in ‘she as pronoun’ says, ‘she’s I and she’s you every / time you hid beneath your own arms.’ But through the evolution and renaissance of Osowski’s speaker, we find affirmation in these shared connections, transparency in the landscapes of growth and escape, and the freedom that comes from the task of unflinchingly examining our whereabouts inside of them.”

—Adrian Matejka, author of The Big Smoke

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-viii
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Foreword
  2. Adrian Matejka
  3. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Part 1
  2. pp. 1-2
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  1. their occurrence
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  1. propulsion
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  1. she as pronoun
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  1. to reach an alternate dimension
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  1. the sky speaks of lightning
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  1. three girls and something like hovering on a hill in vermont
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  1. for the unrealized girls
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  1. turn into something with roots
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  1. three girls on a farm in ohio
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  1. girls with bodies of drawers
  2. pp. 12-13
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  1. a knife speaks of onions
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  1. part 2
  2. pp. 15-16
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  1. tied
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  1. blood speaks of the heart
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  1. liminal
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  1. we were their sky and can open it
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  1. three girls treading adolescence
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  1. the middle dark
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  1. glow sticks
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  1. after this poem he writes a wish on tissue paper and burns it
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  1. when you ingested an earth and ruined the seasons
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  1. lake
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  1. small storms
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  1. among motion
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  1. the lakes speak of ice
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  1. your lack of touch
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  1. moonstone
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  1. the youngest of the three girls
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  1. seasons in the chest
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  1. part 3
  2. pp. 35-36
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  1. because it’s just frozen water
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  1. when we drained the lakes
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  1. three girls submerged
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  1. the skin speaks of tans
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  1. salvador dali — female figure with head of flowers — 1937
  2. p. 41
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  1. the girls speak of lace
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  1. salvador dali — portrait of gala —1931
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  1. three girls in calistoga for a long weekend
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  1. when the energy in your words condensed into matter
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  1. salvador dali — gradiva finds the anthropomorphous ruins — 1931
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  1. remnants
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  1. part 4
  2. pp. 49-50
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  1. words our breaths our bears
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  1. when you swallowed a town
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  1. to a kettle pond
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  1. after the point of divergence
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  1. tracks of sounds
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  1. taking on water
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  1. her first swim in clear chlorine
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  1. where the three girls happened to land a decade later
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  1. the ocean speaks of tides
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  1. when you nap in flowerbeds
  2. pp. 60-61
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  1. the worms speak of earth
  2. p. 62
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  1. gather her
  2. pp. 63-66
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