In this Book

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Gary Soto is a poet and, in his previous writing life, author of children’s literature. Moreover, he is an essayist whose works, such as Living Up the Street, A Summer Life, and What Poets Are Like, were celebrated for their openness and vivid image-making. In this collection, the poet again offers prose that is robust, confessional, and peculiar in its observations. He addresses time. He considers aging. If each day of the week represented a decade, then Soto is now cruising late Saturday afternoon. As the clock’s gears relentlessly grind, he’s soon on Sunday—but Sunday morning! He still has time to enjoy the world about him.

Soto is a master essayist. His sharply refined sentences are worth a second read, and often a pencil in hand. Soto’s world is quirky, captured in narrative that will soften readers with laughter and empathy. Like many boomers, he laments his sense of failure. Like them, he shrugs off that failure to recast his remaining years. He befriends daffodils, praises theater and tribute bands, and snuggles up with his wife of nearly forty years. This book is short enough to read in one sitting on the couch and encourages a second reading with deeper pleasure in bed.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Why I Don’t Write Children’s Literature
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. A River Runs Through It
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  1. Losing Your Place
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  1. Hard-Boiled Eggs
  2. pp. -3
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  1. In Praise of Daylight Savings
  2. pp. 3-7
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  1. Words We Don’t Know
  2. pp. 7-10
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  1. You Wear It Well
  2. pp. 10-17
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  1. A Night Out
  2. pp. 17-23
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  1. Walking with Oral Lee Brown
  2. pp. 23-26
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  1. Bad Start
  2. pp. 26-32
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  1. The Family Fortune
  2. pp. 32-35
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  1. Why Do I Remember This?
  2. pp. 35-37
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  1. Rice
  2. pp. 37-38
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  1. Cupcakes
  2. pp. 38-42
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  1. Slow Learner
  2. pp. 43-46
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  1. Wells, England
  2. pp. 47-50
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  1. Why I Stopped Writing Children’s Literature
  2. pp. 50-60
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  1. Play Going
  2. pp. 60-66
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  1. Shakespeare & Me
  2. pp. 67-74
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  1. Haggling over Watermelons
  2. pp. 74-75
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  1. Mexican Migrant
  2. pp. 75-76
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  1. Expiration Date
  2. pp. 76-79
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  1. Work Force
  2. pp. 79-86
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  1. The Palmist
  2. pp. 86-87
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  1. How Does a Poet Answer This?
  2. pp. 87-90
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  1. Someone You Loathe
  2. pp. 90-97
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  1. Naps
  2. pp. 97-104
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  1. The FBI
  2. pp. 104-110
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  1. Paraphrase
  2. pp. 110-111
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  1. Committee Meetings
  2. pp. 112-112
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  1. Q & A
  2. pp. 113-116
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  1. This Be Love
  2. pp. 117-120
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  1. Oakland, California: Girls with Guns
  2. pp. 120-124
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  1. A Dog Story Featuring Geese
  2. pp. 124-128
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  1. The Crowd Inside Me
  2. pp. 128-131
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  1. Gina
  2. pp. 131-136
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  1. The Bust of a Poet
  2. pp. 136-141
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  1. Business Calls
  2. pp. 141-144
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  1. The Seal of Approval
  2. pp. 145-147
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  1. Man Cave
  2. pp. 148-154
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  1. The Things We Say
  2. pp. 155-160
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  1. What Would You Give?
  2. pp. 161-164
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  1. My Time at The Marsh
  2. pp. 165-169
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  1. Dance with Me
  2. pp. 170-185
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  1. Thirteen Stereotypes about Poets
  2. pp. 186-193
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  1. Snarky
  2. pp. 194-196
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  1. Homage
  2. pp. 197-203
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781611687125
Related ISBN
9781611687118
MARC Record
OCLC
900790698
Pages
216
Launched on MUSE
2015-02-17
Language
English
Open Access
No
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