Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. i-vi

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Series Editors' Preface

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pp. vii-x

“Everything,” Jacob Shores-Argüello writes, “is not / perfect, but everything is prayer.” In these lines and everywhere in his poetry, he conveys a reverence for the wounded and for the pilgrimages we undertake in search of healing. His poems...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-xii

Thank you to the editors of the following journals where these poems, sometimes in different forms, first appeared: Poetry: “Pilgrims,” “Reception;” The Journal: “Pura Vida;” Paris American: “Walking Tree,” “Truth Potion;” Cutthroat...

Contents

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pp. xiii-xiv

I. Games

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1. Joke, Fact, Anecdote

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pp. 3-4

One of you names a category (anything you’d like), and it is up to you to claim a Joke, Fact, or Anecdote for that category. For instance, if someone else calls Fact, then you are stuck with choosing between Joke or Anecdote. Choose...

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2. Pantone 292

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pp. 5-6

The game Pantone 292 is named after a lyric in a song in which the singer talks about how blue she feels after someone important has left her. She tells you exactly what shade of blue she is: Pantone 292.
So, the game is to pick a color...

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3. Ten Times

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pp. 7-9

You play Ten Times by counting down from ten to one. In each round, you have to say something you have done exactly that many times in your life. Alternate back and forth. It is a good way to get to know a person quickly...

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4. A Howling Game

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pp. 10-12

When my mother was on her deathbed, she wanted to hear my grandfather’s ghost stories over and over again. The stories were small proofs of the afterlife. If my grandfather’s spirits could live on, maybe she could, too. Believing was the...

II. Congregation

Dove

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p. 15

“Dependiendo Del Tráfico”: Es El Nuevo “Si Dios Quiere”

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p. 16

Más Tico Que El Gallo Pinto

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p. 17

Cerro de la Muerte

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p. 18

Cloud Forest

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Faith

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Holy Mysteries

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p. 21

Pilgrims

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p. 22

III. Funeral Rites

Elegy for My Mother

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p. 25

Fire Song

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pp. 26-27

Medicine

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p. 28

Ghost Story

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Make Believe

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p. 30

Paloma

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Pura Vida

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Mucho Brete, Gracias a Dios

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p. 33

Bucolic

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p. 34

After the Funeral We Go into the City

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p. 35

Paraíso

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pp. 36-38

IV. Magical-Rationalism

Cure #1: Communication with the Dead

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p. 41

Walking Tree

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p. 42

Transubstantiation

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p. 43

Magical-Rationalism

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p. 44

Looking for Signal

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p. 45

Truth Serum

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p. 46

Medicine for Cough and Other Ills

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p. 47

Cure #2: Pain

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p. 48

Arte de Sobar Pegas

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p. 49

Cure #3: Deciding to Leave

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p. 50

Leaf-Cutter

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p. 51

Cure #4: For Grief

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p. 52