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The Palace of Contemplating Departure

Brynn Saito

Publication Year: 2013

Brynn Saito's debut collection of poetry begins in a cityscape and ends "deep in the cloud-filled valley," traversing myriad terrains-both emotional and physical-as it weaves towards completion. From the bays of Denmark to the deserts of California, Saito's searching lyricism gathers stories of sudden departures, forced removals, and the journeys chosen in between.

Published by: Red Hen Press

Title Page, Copyright, Acknowledgments, Dedication, Epigraph

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pp. 3-10

Contents

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pp. 11-14

Section I. Ruined Cities

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pp. 17-18

First Incarnation

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p. 19-19

Tuesday, 2 A.M.

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pp. 20-21

Trembling on the Brink of a Mesquite Tree

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pp. 22-23

City In Which I Love

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pp. 24-25

Leaving New York

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p. 26-26

A Photograph is An Argument

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p. 27-27

The Palace of Contemplating Departure

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pp. 28-29

The Exile

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pp. 30-31

The Messenger

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p. 32-32

Cambria, Late Spring

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p. 33-33

Avignon, Early Summer

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pp. 34-35

Winter in Denmark

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pp. 36-37

Moonlight Over the Valley, Late October

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p. 38-38

Section II. Women and Children

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pp. 39-40

Cottonwood [Mother]

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p. 41-41

Climbing Bare Rock [First Daughter]

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p. 42-42

Upright Against the Redwood [Second Daughter]

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p. 43-43

Running, River [First Daughter]

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p. 44-44

Asleep in the Mapou [Son]

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p. 45-45

Indrawn Seas [Mother, Departing]

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p. 46-46

Section III. Shape of Fire

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pp. 47-48

Second Incarnation

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p. 49-49

Mercy Me 


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p. 50-50

The Gathering Mind

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pp. 51-53

Alma, 1942

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pp. 54-55

Daughter

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pp. 56-57

Shape of Fire

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p. 58-58

California Heartland

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p. 59-59

Waiting

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pp. 60-61

Prayer For The One Who Could Not Stop Looking

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pp. 62-63

Present In All Things

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pp. 64-65

Tree of Life

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p. 66-66

Spring, San Francisco

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p. 67-67

Summer, San Buenaventura

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p. 68-68

Winter, Ithaca

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pp. 69-70

Autumn in the Garden With Her Ghost

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pp. 71-72

Section IV. Steel and Light

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pp. 73-74

Prologue

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p. 75-75

[Moonlight]

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pp. 76-77

[Gun]

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p. 78-78

[Knife]

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p. 79-79

[Star]

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pp. 80-81

[Tracks]

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p. 82-82

[First Daylight]

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p. 83-83

Coda: Deep in the Cloud-filled Valley

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p. 84-84

Notes

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pp. 85-86

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About the Author

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p. 88-88

Brynn Saito is the winner of Red Hen Press’s 2011 Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award. Her poetry has been anthologized by Helen Vendler and Ishmael Reed; it has also appeared in Ninth Letter, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Pleiades, and Drunken Boat, among other journals. ...


E-ISBN-13: 9781597092883
E-ISBN-10: 1597092886
Print-ISBN-13: 9781597097161
Print-ISBN-10: 1597097160

Page Count: 88
Publication Year: 2013

Edition: First

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