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CHANGING THE SUBJECT

JAMES & HALVARD CERVANTES & JOHNSON

Publication Year: 2004

"Changing the Subject might have started from the spontaneous combustion a listserve offers, but its poems quickly transcend the casual. The poets play jazz riffs, often responding to motifs in each other’s poems, but each poem also stands alone. Here is the best one can hope for in successful collaboration: excellent poems." — Rochelle Ratner

Published by: Red Hen Press

Frontmatter

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pp. 3-6

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Introduction

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A little over a couple years after Jim Cervantes and I started bouncing off each other’s poems in the series we’ve called ...

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Introduction

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pp. 9-10

Hal has hit on all the major rewards of this spontaneous collaboration, and I concur with every one, so I’d like to elaborate instead on the role ...

Contents

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pp. 11-16

Teasing Out the Attitudes

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Easing Out the Platitudes

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p. 18-18

Breathing at High Altitudes

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p. 19-19

Living at Ground Level

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p. 20-20

Grinding Away at Ground Zero

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p. 21-21

Eroticism in the Ionosphere

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p. 22-22

The Tiny Box

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p. 23-23

The Table’s Spine

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p. 24-24

Learning to Live with the Bends

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p. 25-25

First Amphibian

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p. 26-26

A Cloud of Dust

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p. 27-27

What Do You Do If

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p. 28-28

Last Bus from Oblivion

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p. 29-29

False Horizon

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p. 30-30

In the West

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p. 31-31

Drinking Down the West

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p. 32-32

Not a Bus Stop

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p. 33-33

Navigating an Intersection

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p. 34-34

Two Oldies for the Fourth

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pp. 35-36

Taking Five on the Fourth

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p. 37-37

Taking Four on the Fifth

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p. 38-38

Monsoon Morning

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p. 39-39

Sabbath Breaker

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p. 40-40

The Boys Next Door

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p. 41-41

The Duck May Be Somebody’s Mother

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p. 42-42

Mother Duck

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p. 43-43

Duck, Mother

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p. 44-44

The Simple Life

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p. 45-45

Not a Bus Stop

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p. 46-46

Last Stops

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p. 47-47

Paradise Road

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p. 48-48

Times When

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p. 49-49

Time Was

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p. 50-50

Big-Headed Laughter

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p. 51-51

Half-Naked Girlfriends

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p. 52-52

Full-Frontal Concealment

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p. 53-53

Sky of Vision

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p. 54-54

Nary a Vision

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p. 55-55

Take Me to the Water

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p. 56-56

No Nonsense Here

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p. 57-57

Rumors Blunt as Monkeys

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p. 58-58

Shapes in the Monkey Tree

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p. 59-59

History’s Breakfast

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p. 60-60

Labor Day, Veteran’s Day . . . Whatever

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p. 61-61

Moonrise

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p. 62-62

Playing Flashlight Moon

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p. 63-63

Nightride

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p. 64-64

Planetoid: An Anthropomorphism

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p. 65-65

Clouds

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p. 66-66

Memory for Hunger

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p. 67-67

Autistic License

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p. 68-68

Minutes from the Society for the Preservation

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p. 69-69

Coming Unglued

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p. 70-70

Father to the Child

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p. 71-71

In the Details

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p. 72-72

Mercies

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p. 73-73

Thrice-Dreamt Dreams

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p. 74-74

Directions to Oblivion

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p. 75-75

The Most You Can Hope For

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p. 76-76

Time’s Abattoir

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p. 77-77

Yellow Dog Blues

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pp. 78-79

Thrown for a Loop

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p. 80-80

Moving. The Air.

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p. 81-81

Walking Down and Backwards in Walnut Canyon

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p. 82-82

Atrocity’s Garden

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pp. 83-84

Misdirections are Not a Mistake

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p. 85-85

Run Gerbil, Run!

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p. 86-86

The Canals of Paradise

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p. 87-87

In the Open Air

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p. 88-88

An Imperfect Place

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p. 89-89

Entering the House

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p. 90-90

The Most Familiar Home

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p. 91-91

About the Authors

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p. 92-92


E-ISBN-13: 9781597096645
Print-ISBN-13: 9781888996838

Page Count: 92
Publication Year: 2004

Edition: First

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