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Burn This House poems by Kelly Davio Red Hen Press | Pasadena, CA Burn This House Copyright © 2013 by Kelly Davio All Rights Reserved No part of this book may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without the prior written permission of both the publisher and the copyright owner. Book design and layout by Ina Jungmann Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Davio, Kelly. Burn this house : poems / by Kelly Davio.—1st ed. p. cm. ISBN 978-1-59709-236-4 (alk. paper) I. Title. PS3604.A9553B87 2013 811’.6—dc23 2012023109 The Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, the City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division, Sony Pictures Entertainment, the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Dwight Stuart Youth Fund partially support Red Hen Press. First Edition Published by Red Hen Press www.redhen.org Acknowledgments I’m grateful to the editors of the publications in which many of these poems first appeared, sometimes in earlier or differently-titled versions: 34th Parallel, “One in Four of Us is Marked”; Apalachee Review, “Gammelfleisch”; Beeswax, “Why Rent is Cheap in Shoe Lane”; Bellingham Review, “Gluttony”; Best New Poets 2009, “The Way I Remember,”; Caper Literary Journal, “The First Lines,” “Sisters”; The Cincinnati Review, “Electromagnetic Compatibility,” “No Good Thing”; Contrary Magazine, “Senescence”; Copper Nickel, “Burned by Salt”; Dos Passos Review, “Cleaning Out”; The Evansville Review, “To Fill The House”; Gargoyle, “Children’s Art is Asylum Art”; Literary Mary, “Chastity,” “Luxury”; The Normal School, “Humility”; Ouroboros Review, “The Trouble with Water”; PANK, “Burn This House,” “‘I Let the Fish Go,’” “Sorrow”; SNReview, “Maybe I am Gold”; Soundings Review, “Chanter and Drone”; South Dakota Review, “Auguries”; Superficial Flesh, “I Come to You, Thirty-Six Hours by Train”; Vinyl, “A Ripeness, A Bruising”; and Weave Magazine, “Restraint.” I’m indebted to Carolyne Wright and David Wagoner for their mentorship and wisdom, and to the community of talented, generous writers at the Whidbey Writers Workshop. My thanks to Caleb Barber for the honest, thoughtful critiques, and to Tanya Chernov, to whom I owe the best parts of my work. I also want to thank the wonderful people of Red Hen Press for bringing this and so many other books into the world. Finally, as with all things, I’m thankful to Peter, whose patience and belief in me and in this work have been extraordinary. This page intentionally left blank. ...


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