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In Broken Latin

Poems by Annette Spaulding-Convy

Annette Spaulding-Convy

Publication Year: 2012

In Broken Latin explores in a series of deft, witty, sexy, and soulful poems the misunderstood, idealized, and marginalized life of a modern Roman Catholic nun. In these poems, set in the patriarchal institution of the convent, Annette Spaulding-Convy comments on the American woman’s struggle for spiritual identity in contemporary culture through the voice of an ex-nun now mother/wife creating a life for herself in the world, while searching for an ethical, spiritual meaning not dependent upon traditional religious dogma.

Published by: University of Arkansas Press

Title Page, Copyright

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Acknowledgments

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pp. v-vi

thanks to the editors of the following journals in which these poems appeared, sometimes in a different form: Cascade Journal, “Confessions from an apiary”; Crab Creek Review, “why she would take off Her shoes before Jumping from the golden gate...

Part I

After Reciting 333 Titles for The Virgin Mary, I Remember Only 4

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pp. 3-5

In the Convent We Become Clouds

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pp. 6

from Uterine Dogma

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pp. 7-9

Saint Valentine’s Dinner with Nuns

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pp. 10

Midnight Snack with Saint Agatha

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pp. 11

There Were No Rules about Underwear

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pp. 12

Confessions from an Apiary

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pp. 13

Madonna after Vespers (Remix)

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pp. 14

Lighting Candles to Patsy Cline

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pp. 15

Wearing a Scarf of Recycled Sari Yarn, I Want Other Gods

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pp. 16

Against the Rules, I’ve Added Honey to the Altar Bread

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pp. 17

Part II

The Girl with the Tiny Pocketknife

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pp. 21

Feeding Stations of the Cross

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pp. 22-25

Three Classes of Relics

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pp. 26

Bonsai Nun

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pp. 27

When the Priest Stays for Sunday Brunch

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pp. 28

In the Shower, She Sees White Roses

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pp. 29

Everything except Her Head

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pp. 30-33

Sunday Afternoon, Waterboarding

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pp. 34-35

Part III

Apologia Pro Vita Mea

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pp. 39-40

The Morning I Make Vows, the Space Shuttle Explodes

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pp. 41

Pietà

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pp. 42

Odors of Sanctity

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pp. 43-44

The Fleet Admiral’s Daughter

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pp. 45-46

You Died before I Sent a Card

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pp. 47-48

Why She Would Take Off Her Shoes before Jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge

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pp. 49

After the Abortion, Summer Visits Me in the Convent

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pp. 50

Virgin Martyrs’ Chiffon Dessert

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pp. 51-52

Part IV

An Ex-Nun Resurrects the Dating God

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pp. 55

We Color the White That Binds Us

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pp. 56

Oratio Nocturna

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pp. 57

I bring my newborn to the convent

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pp. 58

“She Got Some Cute Little Lips on Her Wrist”

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pp. 59-60

It’s Just Hypocrisy Needling Me

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pp. 61

Six Ways to Sunday

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pp. 62-63

Hollow Women

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pp. 64-65

Via Negativa

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pp. 66-67

Notes

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pp. 69-72


E-ISBN-13: 9781610755016
E-ISBN-10: 1610755014
Print-ISBN-13: 9781557289872
Print-ISBN-10: 1557289875

Page Count: 65
Publication Year: 2012