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Cloud Moving Hands

Cathy Song

Publication Year: 2007

These poems, threaded by the teachings of Buddha, examine loss—the death of a loved one, the longing for a child, the yearning for another place and time—and the suffering such attempts transpire, but ultimately the poems are an affirmation that to be born into human life is our greatest opportunity to transform loss and sorrow into awakening joy.

Published by: University of Pittsburgh Press

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. i-viii

Contents

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pp. ix-x

Lady Mappo Enters the City of Samsara

Lady Mappo Enters the City of Samsara

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pp. 3-7

Someone Else’s Shoes

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pp. 8-10

One Who Hears

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pp. 11-12

My Mother Stares at the Picture

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pp. 13-14

Something to Cheer About

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pp. 15-16

The Day Comes as I Knew

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p. 17-17

The Land of Good Intentions

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pp. 18-19

Waiting for Jizo

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pp. 20-22

The Burning House

The Burning House

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pp. 25-26

Long Before I Enter the Gate

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p. 27-27

Near the End, the Man

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pp. 28-30

The Man Moves Earth

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pp. 31-32

The Day Has Come When My Mother

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p. 33-33

My Beautiful Daughter Calls to Tell Me It’s Snowing

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pp. 34-36

Sleek-finned and Black, Hooded

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pp. 37-38

My Mother’s Last Gift

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pp. 39-41

The Adoration of the Faithful

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pp. 42-44

The Temple of Our Dilemma

The Temple of Our Dilemma

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pp. 47-48

A Woman Lies Facedown in the Sand

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pp. 49-51

When They Removed Your Breasts

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pp. 52-55

The Chance to Become True and Real

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pp. 56-57

The Souls We Carry Hunger for Our Light

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pp. 58-59

The Kindness of Others

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pp. 60-61

I Hated the Hairy Ones

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pp. 62-63

Breaking Karma

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pp. 64-66

The Body Remembers Itself in Wholeness

The Body Remembers Itself in Wholeness

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pp. 69-70

Out of a Dream of Blue Water

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pp. 71-72

The Beautiful Beasts Are Returning

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pp. 73-74

They Dwell in the Blue Abiding Light

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pp. 75-76

A Prayer for My Mother

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pp. 77-79

Cloud Moving Hands

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pp. 80-82

The Old Old Concubine

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pp. 83-88

Notes

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pp. 89-90

Acknowledgments

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pp. 91-92


E-ISBN-13: 9780822991212
E-ISBN-10: 0822991217
Print-ISBN-13: 9780822960003
Print-ISBN-10: 0822960001

Page Count: 104
Publication Year: 2007

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