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These poems are about “the moment inside the body/ when joy is not born as much as it is made out of anything/ the rest of the world doesn’t want.”  Using land and South Texas’s flora and fauna as references, these poems explore aloneness and manhood as articulations of want, asking the reader to “take a moan by the hand, see what good it does.” Thematically, these poems address loss after transformative experiences, admitting to a reader, “All night I might fathom taking back/ something precious/ that somehow,/ long ago, or not so long ago, I don’t know,/ ripped off,/ yanked from bone,/ sloughed off like a husk.”  These poems are about getting to know one’s body after being distanced from it, of recognizing a queer brown body inextricably belonging to lineages of loss, and then realizing that some new body has emerged from where the old parts were lost, or taken, as in the final sequence of four poems, “Lechuza Sketches,” where the speaker manifests the Tex-Mexican folkloric figure of a lechuza, the human-owl hybrid said to inhabit parts of South Texas and the Northern Mexican border. In the end, this is a collection of poems about more deeply engaging with one’s queerness, one’s brownness, and understanding that there are parts inside us we never knew existed, or as the Lechuza Sketches speaker offers, “In the world, some part of us is often/ unseen/ & not glorious./ But what if we are?/ Glorious. Seen.”

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  1. Cover
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  1. Cover Page
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-iii
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  1. 01_Halftitle
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Title Page
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  2. pp. viii-xi
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  1. Copyright page
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  1. Introduction
  2. Rigoberto González
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. I
  1. 05_Ded
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  1. Woodsmoke
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  1. Contents
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  1. Whistling, or my beard is a featherinto his mouth—.
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  1. Introduction
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  1. On any given day, I am any other manwho might forfeit his case to be good.
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  1. I
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  1. Next to his pillow, my first lover kept a cuete,& when we made love, sometimes my mouth pressed the hilt.
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  1. Woodsmoke
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  1. With a Hive of Bees under My Shirt
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  1. Whistling, or my beard is a feather into his mouth—.
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  1. Love Poem for Two HomeboysEating Chicanismo Like Ice
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  1. On any given day, I am any other man who might forfeit his case to be good.
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  1. Sandblasters seem less a foe to my bones than the ideaI will lose you because I have harmed you, Love.
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  1. Next to his pillow, my first lover kept a cuete, & when we made love, sometimes my mouth pressed the hilt.
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  1. There is nothing in me thatcan be another man’s god—.
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  1. With a Hive of Bees under My Shirt
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  1. Baking chicken, I reach out to everything you& I silently love in the world.
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  1. Love Poem for Two Homeboys Eating Chicanismo Like Ice
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  1. II
  1. Sandblasters seem less a foe to my bones than the idea I will lose you because I have harmed you, Love.
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  1. Allegory of the Rattlesnake
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  1. There is nothing in me that can be another man’s god—.
  2. p. 27
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  1. Nocturne for Rattlesnakes and Lechuzas
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  1. Baking chicken, I reach out to everything you & I silently love in the world.
  2. pp. 28-32
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  1. Some nights, I just want to hold a man in my armsbecause this would make everything better in my life—.
  2. p. 41
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  1. II
  2. pp. 33-34
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  1. Wood & Clouds Remix
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  1. Allegory of the Rattlesnake
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  1. The consequence of light—.
  2. p. 44
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  1. Nocturne for Rattlesnakes and Lechuzas
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  1. A pencil and a bowlful of pears.
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  1. Some nights, I just want to hold a man in my arms because this would make everything better in my life—.
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  1. Spit.
  2. p. 48
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  1. Wood & Clouds Remix
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  1. I’m afraid the house we’re in will explode—.
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  1. The consequence of light—.
  2. p. 44
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  1. What am I anymore if I’m not this?
  2. pp. 54-56
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  1. A pencil and a bowlful of pears.
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  1. Mesquites
  2. pp. 57-60
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  1. Spit.
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  1. III
  1. I’m afraid the house we’re in will explode—.
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  1. Bone molt, or a man inside me believes an owl is growinginside.
  2. p. 63
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  1. What am I anymore if I’m not this?
  2. pp. 54-56
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  1. Every minute I am making normal.
  2. p. 64
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  1. Mesquites
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  1. And what if I’m not more than any of this?
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  1. III
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  1. Quagmire
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  1. Bone molt, or a man inside me believes an owl is growing inside.
  2. p. 63
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  1. I could fall in love with another convictas easily as I read a sentence about shoes.
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  1. Every minute I am making normal.
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  1. Armadillo
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  1. And what if I’m not more than any of this?
  2. pp. 65-66
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  1. The Man in the Black Monte Carlo Came in Search of His Owls
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  1. Quagmire
  2. p. 67
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  1. Lechuza Sketch #11f
  2. p. 76
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  1. I could fall in love with another convict as easily as I read a sentence about shoes.
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  1. Lechuza Sketch #11g
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  1. Armadillo
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  1. Lechuza Sketch #11h
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  1. The Man in the Black Monte Carlo Came in Search of His Owls
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  1. Lechuza Sketch #11i
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  1. Lechuza Sketch #11f
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  1. Biographical Note
  2. p. 80
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  1. Lechuza Sketch #11g
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  1. Lechuza Sketch #11h
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  1. Lechuza Sketch #11i
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  1. Biographical Note
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781597098366
Related ISBN
9781597098991
MARC Record
OCLC
1127869282
Pages
80
Launched on MUSE
2019-11-17
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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