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Perhaps Paul Kareem Taylor said it best in his piece called On the Road Again: Barbara Hamby's American Odyssey: "Reading Barbara Hamby's poetry is like going on a road trip, one where the woman behind the wheel lets you ride shotgun as she speeds across the open highways of an America where drive-in movie theaters still show Janet Leigh films on Friday nights, hardware stores have not been driven out of business by soulless corporate titans, and where long poetic lines first introduced by Walt Whitman and resurrected by Ginsberg are pregnant with a thousand reasons to marvel at the world we inhabit."

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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. New Poems
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  1. Ode to Forgetting the Year
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  1. How to Pray
  2. pp. 5-6
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  1. Ode to Knots, Noise, Waking Up at Three, and Falling Asleep Reading to My Id
  2. pp. 7-8
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  1. Ode to Skimpy Clothes and August in the Deep South
  2. p. 9
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  1. Ode to Lil’ Kim in Florence
  2. p. 10
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  1. Reading Can Kill You
  2. pp. 11-12
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  1. 17 Dollars
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  1. Ode to Red and Speedy
  2. pp. 15-16
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  1. Ode to the Messiah, Thai Horror Movies, and Everything I Can’t Believe
  2. pp. 17-18
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  1. Ode to the Triple
  2. pp. 19-20
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  1. Ode to Wasting Time and Drawing Donatello’s David
  2. pp. 21-22
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  1. On the Street of Divine Love
  2. pp. 23-24
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  1. Ode to Augurs, Ogres, Acorns, and Two or Three Things That Have Been Eating at My Heart Like a Wolverine in a Time of Famine
  2. pp. 25-26
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  1. I’m Making Walt Whitman Soup
  2. pp. 27-28
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  1. Questions for My Body
  2. pp. 29-30
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  1. Delirium (1995)
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  1. The Language of Bees
  2. pp. 33-34
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  1. Betrothal in B minor
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  1. Ova
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  1. Toska
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  1. St. Anthony of the Floating Larynx
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  1. St. Clare’s Underwear
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  1. Nose
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  1. Delirium
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  1. The Alphabet of Desire (1999)
  2. pp. 51-52
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  1. The Word
  2. pp. 53-55
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  1. Thinking of Galileo
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  1. The Dream of the Red Drink
  2. pp. 58-61
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  1. Achtung, My Princess, Good Night
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  1. Hatred
  2. pp. 64-65
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  1. So Long, Roy
  2. pp. 66-67
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  1. Trigger Tries to Explain
  2. pp. 68-69
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  1. Ode on My Wasted Youth
  2. pp. 70-71
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  1. Ode to Untoward Dreams
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  1. Ode to the Lost Luggage Warehouse at the Rome Airport
  2. pp. 74-78
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  1. Babel (2004)
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  1. My Translation
  2. pp. 81-82
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  1. The Mockingbird on the Buddha
  2. p. 83
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  1. Idolatry
  2. pp. 84-85
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  1. O Deceitful Tongue
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  1. Vex Me
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  1. Fang
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  1. Thus Spake the Mockingbird
  2. p. 89
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  1. Ode to American English
  2. pp. 90-91
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  1. Ode to Hardware Stores
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  1. Ode to Barbecue
  2. pp. 94-95
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  1. Ode on Satan’s Power
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  1. Ode to My 1977 Toyota
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  1. Ode on My Mother’s Handwriting
  2. pp. 101-102
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  1. All-Night Lingo Tango (2009)
  2. pp. 103-104
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  1. Ode to Anglo Saxon, Film Noir, and the Hundred Thousand Anxieties That Plague Me Like Demons in a Medieval Christian Allegory
  2. pp. 105-106
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  1. Working at Pam-Pam’s
  2. pp. 107-108
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  1. from 9 Sonnets from the Psalms
  2. pp. 109-110
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  1. Ode to Air Heads, Hairdos, Trains to and from Paris
  2. pp. 111-112
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  1. Mambo Cadillac
  2. pp. 113-114
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  1. from Lingo Sonnets
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  1. Ode on Dictionaries
  2. pp. 118-119
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  1. Ode on My 45s, Insomnia, and My Poststructuralist Superego
  2. pp. 120-121
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  1. Ode on the Letter M
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 125-128
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