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In Praise of Falling

Cheryl Dumesnil

Publication Year: 2009

Enacting the Zen proverb “fall down seven times, get up eight,” this collection explores the ways we fall—through disillusionment, disappointment, and plain, old-fashioned mistakes, and the ways we rise up—out of personal debacles, unfortunate circumstances, family legacies, and collective struggles.

Published by: University of Pittsburgh Press

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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I. Theories

It’s not Armageddon

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p. 3-3

Atlantis

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pp. 4-5

Don’t Miss It

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pp. 6-7

Bernal Heights

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p. 8-8

“A Soldier’s Home, Hughes,Arkansas, 1970”

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pp. 9-10

Theories

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p. 11-11

Prayer for Sleep

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pp. 12-13

American Robin

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pp. 14-15

Teaching Luca Mr. Potato Head

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pp. 16-17

On the first day of class

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p. 18-18

Moon, Jacket,Yellow,Tree,Violin

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pp. 19-20

II. Changing Room

The Storyteller’s Daughter

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p. 23-23

Killing

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pp. 24-25

The Amnesiac, Seventh Grade

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pp. 26-27

Chosen

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p. 28-28

Stars

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pp. 29-30

The Hill

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pp. 31-32

Clarissa’s Great Aunt

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pp. 33-35

Changing Room

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pp. 36-37

Triangle Tattoo

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p. 38-38

Hard Labor

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p. 39-39

III. Somewhere in a Box Marked Keep

Foundling

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pp. 43-44

Nightmare Predicting Change

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p. 45-45

Recurring

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pp. 46-47

Junk Shop Magic

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p. 48-48

True

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p. 49-49

Afterbirth

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pp. 50-51

Somewhere in a Box Marked Keep

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p. 52-52

Other Nights

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p. 53-53

Revisited

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p. 54-54

Narrative

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pp. 55-56

IV. Say Yes

In Praise of Falling

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pp. 59-60

Meteorology

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pp. 61-62

The Swimmer

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p. 63-63

Wetlands

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p. 64-64

Don’t Ask Me

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pp. 65-66

When

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pp. 67-68

Q to the 6 Train

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pp. 70-71

Creature

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p. 72-72

Dark Magic

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pp. 73-74

Getting It Right This Time

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p. 75-75

Say Yes

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p. 76-76

Acknowledgments

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pp. 77-78


E-ISBN-13: 9780822978282
E-ISBN-10: 0822978288
Print-ISBN-13: 9780822960416
Print-ISBN-10: 0822960419

Page Count: 88
Publication Year: 2009

Series Title: Pitt Poetry Series
Series Editor Byline: Ed Ochester

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