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The Bride Minaret

By Heather Derr-Smith

Publication Year: 2008

Heather Derr-Smith’s second collection journeys to the rough core of desire, creating and destroying binaries along the way. Familiar artifacts of domesticity become as volatile as land mines, and the streets of Damascus, Calcutta, and other faraway locales obliterate the American landscape. Yet Derr-Smith’s poetry transcends time and place, illuminating the ties that bind man to woman, mother to child. The Bride Minaret is a relentless chronicle of experience, where the sacred and profane become interchangeable, where “Every tent has a name, and every name is the breath of you.”

Published by: The University of Akron Press

Title Page, Copyright Page

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Contents

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pp. v-vi

Strangers (Ghuraba)

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pp. ix-xiii

1. Portents

Cover

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pp. 3-

One Season from Another

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pp. 4-

Boundary Waters

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pp. 5-

Thunder Snow, Montpelier, Vermont

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pp. 6-

Evening, Mount Vernon, Iowa

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pp. 7-

Rockville Pike

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pp. 8-

Star Chamber

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pp. 9-

Blessing

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pp. 10-

Gift

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pp. 11-

Tiffany Blues

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pp. 12-

Bloom

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pp. 13-

Trans/Substance

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pp. 14-

Blow

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pp. 15-16

Beloved

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pp. 18-

Chador

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pp. 19-

Throat and Lungs

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pp. 20-21

Wake

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pp. 22-23

Picnic with Laptop, British Columbia

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pp. 24-

Mother’s Day

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pp. 25-26

The Bell

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pp. 27-28

2. Prophecies

Traffic, Downtown Damascus

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pp. 31-32

Iraqi-Style Fish Shop, Damascus

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pp. 33-34

The Girl Named Tents, Tanf Refugee Camp

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pp. 35-38

Internally Displaced

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pp. 39-

Allergic

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pp. 40-41

Suppertime, after Emil Nolde, Banksy,and the West Bank, 2003

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pp. 42-

Come to Prayer, May 2007, Damascus to Beirut

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pp. 43-

Photograph of a Roma Orphan by the Curb

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pp. 44-

Sam’s Club

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pp. 45-

What Their Hands Had Sent Ahead

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pp. 46-

Hit Biscuits

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pp. 47-

Differences

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pp. 48-50

Song of Palaces

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pp. 51-52

Ash-Shām

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pp. 53-54

3. Histories

Witchcraft in Twin Springs

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pp. 57-

Anatomy

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pp. 58-

Get Ready

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pp. 59-

Valerie’s Threat

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pp. 60-

Lost

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pp. 61-

Milk

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pp. 62-

A Sony Trinitron

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pp. 63-

Testimonies

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pp. 64-

Undecidable

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pp. 65-

The Pelican

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pp. 66-

Homesick

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pp. 67-

The Test

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pp. 68-

The Headship Veiling

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pp. 69-

Warnings

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pp. 70-

The Wedding

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pp. 71-73

Reading Rainbow

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pp. 74-

Notes

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pp. 75-


E-ISBN-13: 9781937378028
E-ISBN-10: 1937378020
Print-ISBN-13: 9781931968577
Print-ISBN-10: 1931968578

Page Count: 75
Publication Year: 2008

Series Title: Akron Series in Poetry
Series Editor Byline: Mary Biddinger, Editor

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