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Steam Laundry

Nicole Stellon O'Donnell

Publication Year: 2012

Steam Laundry is a novel in poems based on the true story of Sarah Ellen Gibson, the sixth woman to arrive in Fairbanks, Alaska, in the gold rush of 1903. Incorporating persona, narrative, and lyric poems—as well as historical photographs and documents—to tell Gibson’s story, Steam Laundry offers the reader the chance to try on the dusty, mining-town overcoat of Gibson’s life.

Published by: Red Hen Press

Title Page, Copyright, Acknowledgments, Photo Citations

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Dedication

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Author’s Note

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pp. 13-

In 1896 Sarah Ellen Gibson followed her husband, Joe, to San Francisco so he could pursue a job as a fireman on the railroad. In 1898 she followed him to Dawson City, Yukon Territory, in the first Klondike stampede of the gold rush. In 1903 she left for Alaska in the first wave of stampeders after gold was...

River Town

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pp. 15-16

Almost Anagram

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pp. 17-18

Correspondence: A Recommendation

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pp. 19-

In the House of Our New Marriage

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pp. 20-21

Wife, I Ask You Once More

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pp. 22-23

Like Skin

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pp. 24-25

Chilkoot Trail

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pp. 26-44

At Last an Invitation from 13 Eldorado

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pp. 45-50

Correspondence: Receipt for Freight

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pp. 51-

The Younger Brother Speaks

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pp. 52-53

Nellie Considers Her Sons: Dark

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pp. 54-55

On Dominion Creek Tom Makes a Decision

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pp. 56-57

Nellie Considers Her Sons Again: Light

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pp. 58-59

Races on the Fourth of July

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pp. 60-61

Lost Luxury

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pp. 62-

Correspondence: Free Miner’s Certificate

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pp. 63-

Tom Breaks Cargo on the Steamers

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pp. 64-65

Letter from Home

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pp. 66-67

Joe, at the Dance Hall

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pp. 68-70

Montana Steam Laundry

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pp. 71-72

Will Butler Waits outside the Laundry

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pp. 73-74

Hannah Mullen

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pp. 75-77

Correspondence: A Contract, Witnessed, Sealed, and Signed

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pp. 78-79

Will Packs His Fiddle and Sings

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pp. 80-

Nellie Thinks She Should Have Waited for the Boat

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pp. 81-83

Tom Makes a Narrow Escape

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pp. 84-86

Tom and Elmer Dive for the Gun

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pp. 87-88

Not Near as Wild

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pp. 89-91

Elmer Considers the Old Man Drinking

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pp. 92-93

The New Camp

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pp. 94-95

Steam

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pp. 96-97

Infidelity

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pp. 98-99

Tom Returns to Dawson

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pp. 100-102

Luck Conspires against Tom and Elmer

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pp. 103-111

Correspondence: Handwritten Receipt

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pp. 112-

Mother-in-law

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pp. 113-115

Ellen Welcomes Three Guests: Postage, Medicine, Liquor

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pp. 116-118

Raven

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pp. 119-120

Correspondence: A Letter From Madame M. Yale

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pp. 121-

Correspondence: An Unanswered Questionnaire Tucked in a Packet of Letters

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pp. 122-123

Ellen Notices the Dry Spring

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pp. 124-125

A Late Answer to Madame M. Yale’s Questions

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pp. 126-127

Correspondence: A Note on a Prescription Pad

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pp. 128-

Tom Wonders: Is This Sentence for Me or for Her?

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pp. 129-130

Inventory: The Objects in This Hospital Room

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pp. 131-

Until Payment Can’t Be Made

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pp. 132-136

Remembering the River Crossing

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pp. 137-138

Correspondence: Printed Receipt for a Funeral

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pp. 139-

Son, of This, You and I Will Never Speak

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pp. 140-141

Notes

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pp. 142-143

About the Author

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pp. 144-


E-ISBN-13: 9781597093286
Print-ISBN-13: 9781597092289
Print-ISBN-10: 1597092282

Page Count: 144
Publication Year: 2012

Edition: First

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