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Toucan Nest

Peggy Shumaker

Publication Year: 2013

What happens when we enter unfamiliar realms, when we open ourselves to the unknown? Sometimes that not-knowing makes art possible. In Toucan Nest, the eighth book by Alaska State Writer Laureate Peggy Shumaker, her first vivid encounters with the rainforests of Costa Rica--with its basilisk lizards, bats, and bromeliads, its crocodiles, sloths, and strangler figs--refresh and renew our world in a work of startlingly beautiful mindfulness and imagination

Published by: Red Hen Press

Title Page, Copyright, Acknowledgments, Dedicaiton

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pp. 3-8

Contents

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pp. 9-10

Long Flight, Shadowy Taxi, Garden

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p. 13-13

In the Shadow of the Guanacaste Tree

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pp. 14-15

Ride into Town

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pp. 16-17

Losing the Pink Bananas

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pp. 18-19

Blue-Gray Tanager, Here, Gone

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pp. 20-22

El Laberinto

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p. 23-23

Pájaro Sagrado

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pp. 24-26

Genesis, Quetzal

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pp. 27-29

Slaty Flowerpiercer

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pp. 30-32

Rain at Trogon Lodge

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p. 33-33

Ramón’s Eyes

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pp. 34-39

Mottled Owls, Parque José Martí

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pp. 40-41

Sloth

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pp. 42-43

Flamenco Macaws

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pp. 44-45

Keeping Loud Ones Quiet

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pp. 46-48

Calls of Birds We Cannot See

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pp. 49-53

Toucan Nest

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pp. 54-55

Lluvia

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p. 56-56

At Villa Lapas

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p. 57-57

Leaf Cutter Ants

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pp. 58-59

How the Motmot Got That Tail

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pp. 60-61

Venom

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pp. 62-63

Basilisk Lizard

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pp. 64-65

Canopy Walk

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pp. 66-67

Getting Away

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pp. 68-69

Painted Cart with No Oxen

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pp. 70-72

Rising Before Sun

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p. 73-73

Slick Trail

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pp. 74-75

Tent Revival

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pp. 76-77

In Praise of What Does Not Belong to Us

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pp. 78-79

Dantica / Tapir

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pp. 80-81

Burnt Fields

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pp. 82-83

Cloud Forest Trail

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p. 84-84

Strangler Fig

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pp. 85-87

Lagoon Near La Selva

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p. 88-88

Ancestor

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p. 89-89

Howler Monkeys

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p. 90-90

Anhinga Drying Her Wings

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p. 91-91

Mangrove Swamp

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pp. 92-94

Tucked Deep among Tangled Roots

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p. 95-95

Mariposas

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p. 96-96

Blue Morpho

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p. 97-97

Murciélagos

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pp. 98-100

Echoes

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p. 101-101

Spirit of the Bat

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pp. 102-103

Gallo Pinto

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pp. 104-106

Passion Flower

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pp. 107-108

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About the Author

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p. 112-112

Peggy Shumaker served as Alaska State Writer Laureate from 2010–2012. Her previous books of poems include Underground Rivers, Blaze (with paintings by Kesler E. Woodward), and Gnawed Bones. Her lyrical memoir is Just Breathe Normally. Toucan Nest grew from an eco-arts writing workshop in Costa Rica. ...


E-ISBN-13: 9781597092807
E-ISBN-10: 1597092800
Print-ISBN-13: 9781597092630
Print-ISBN-10: 1597092630

Page Count: 112
Publication Year: 2013

Edition: First