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Always Danger offers a lyrical and highly imaginative exploration into the hazards that surround people’s lives—whether it’s violence, war, mental illness, car accidents, or the fury of Mother Nature. In his second collection of poems, David Hernandez embraces the element of surprise: a soldier takes refuge inside a hollowed-out horse, a man bullies a mountain, and a giant pink donut sponsors age-old questions about beliefs. Hernandez typically eschews the politics that often surround the inner circle of contemporary literature, but in this volume he quietly sings a few bars with a political tone: one poem shadows the conflict in Iraq, another reflects our own nation’s economic and cultural divide. Always Danger parallels Hernandez’s joy of writing: unmapped, spontaneous, and imbued with nuanced revelation.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. One
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  1. Damage
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  1. The Soldier Inside the Horse
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  1. Disappearer
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  1. Customer Lounge
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  1. Alzheimer's
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  1. The Grandfather
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  1. The Taxicab Incident
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  1. According to One Statistic
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  1. The Goldfish
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  1. Another Dimension
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  1. Always Danger
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  1. Two
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  1. Composition in Red
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  1. Composition in Black
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  1. Razors
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  1. The Whirling Funnel
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  1. So the Pilot Says Over the Intercom
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  1. Bully
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  1. Humiliating the Tyrants
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  1. At the Courthouse
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  1. Jury Duty
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  1. Bullet
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  1. Chess Match Ends in Fight
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  1. Three
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  1. Early Lesson
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  1. Vons Parking Lot, Late October
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  1. Ghost Brother
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  1. Driving Toward the Sun
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  1. A Story to Tell
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  1. The Quiet Minutes
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  1. The Dinner Party
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  1. Night
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  1. The Gondolier
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  1. How to Commit Adultery
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  1. Leaving the Nurse
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  1. Four
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  1. Portrait of My Father Slapping His Ear
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  1. What a Little Charisma Can Do
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  1. Man on an Island
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  1. Topiary
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  1. The Sad Punk
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  1. Balcony Talk with Cigars
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  1. Aim
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  1. Dumbest
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  1. Donut Shop
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  1. The Eyes
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  1. Five
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  1. Fontanelle
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  1. Episode
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  1. Subzero
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  1. The Circus Octopus
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  1. Splitmind
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  1. Appointment
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  1. Self-Portrait with Back Turned
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  1. A Brief History of Antidepressants
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  1. Other Books in the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780809387908
Related ISBN
9780809326914
MARC Record
OCLC
840817911
Pages
104
Launched on MUSE
2014-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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