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Wild Honey, Tough Salt offers a prismatic view of Earth citizenship, where we must now be ambidextrous. The book takes a stern look inward calling for sturdy character and supple spirit, and a bold look outward seeking ways to engage grief trouble. The book begins with poems that witness a buoyant life in a difficult world: wandering New Orleans in a trance, savoring the life of artist Tove Jansson, reading the fine print on the Mexican peso and the Scottish five-pound note. Clues to untapped energy lie everywhere by the lens of poetry. The book then moves to considerations of the worst in us—torture and war: how to recruit a child soldier? How to be married to the heartless guard? What to say to your child who is enamored by bullets? In the third section, the book offers a spangle of poems blessing earth: wren song, bud growth, river’s eager way with obstacles. And the final section offers poems of affection: infant clarities of home, long marriage in dog years, a consoling campfire in the yard when all seems lost. The book will soften your trouble, and give you spirit for the days ahead.

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  1. Half Title Page, Title Page, Copyright, Acknowledgments
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  1. Cover Page
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  1. 01_Halftitle
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  1. 1: Economy of Miracles
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  1. How to Sleep Cold in North County
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  1. Copyright page
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  1. The Secret
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Benign Indignities
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  1. My Iron Catastrophe
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  1. Love Money
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  1. How to Sleep Cold in North County
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  1. Tove Jansson’s Island
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  1. The Secret
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  1. What Civilization Costs
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  1. Benign Indignities
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  1. Willa Cather’s Ride
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  1. My Iron Catastrophe
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  1. Prairie Prescription
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  1. Love Money
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  1. Nado: the Good Guardian at Ogyen Choling in Bhutan
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  1. Tove Jansson’s Island
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  1. Notes from the Storm at Billy Meadow
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  1. What Civilization Costs
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  1. Once in the Back Country
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  1. Willa Cather’s Ride
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  1. Weaving Kin
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  1. Prairie Prescription
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  1. Mediation
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  1. Nado: the Good Guardian at Ogyen Choling in Bhutan
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  1. My Critics Have Erred
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  1. Notes from the Storm at Billy Meadow
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  1. Wild Honey, Tough Salt
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  1. Once in the Back Country
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  1. It Seemed Like an Ordinary Day until I Had Coffee with Jesus at the Café du Monde
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  1. Weaving Kin
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  1. The Right to Be Forgotten
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  1. Mediation
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  1. Great Old Man
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  1. My Critics Have Erred
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  1. 2: The Torturer’s Wife
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  1. Allegiance
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  1. It Seemed Like an Ordinary Day until I Had Coffee with Jesus at the Café du Monde
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  1. Peace Warrior
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  1. The Torturer’s Wife
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  1. Great Old Man
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  1. Champion the Enemy’s Need
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  1. 2
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  1. How They Recruit Child Soldiers
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  1. Allegiance
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  1. Citizen of Dark Times
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  1. Peace Warrior
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  1. Who Knows about War?
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  1. The Torturer’s Wife
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  1. Benazir
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  1. Champion the Enemy’s Need
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  1. Torture Test
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  1. How They Recruit Child Soldiers
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  1. Suicide Bomber, Algiers
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  1. Citizen of Dark Times
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  1. Pictish Stones
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  1. A Prayer by the Tigris
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  1. Benazir
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  1. Green Zone, Green Earth
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  1. Torture Test
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  1. Elementary Lesson
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  1. Suicide Bomber, Algiers
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  1. Mrs. Smith, 1959
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  1. Pictish Stones
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  1. Night Flower Market Along the Water
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  1. A Prayer by the Tigris
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  1. Escalation of the Possible
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  1. Green Zone, Green Earth
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  1. We Ask the Iraqi Artists What It Is Like to Be Creators Where Civilization Began
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  1. Elementary Lesson
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  1. Nadezhda
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  1. Mrs. Smith, 1959
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  1. Proclamation for Peace
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  1. Night Flower Market Along the Water
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  1. Beside the Road While Our Nation Is at War
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  1. Escalation of the Possible
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  1. At the Indian Cemetery on the Oregon Coast
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  1. We Ask the Iraqi Artists What It Is Like to Be Creators Where Civilization Began
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  1. 3: Lost Leaves of Earth
  1. Nadezhda
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  1. A Few Treasured Steps at Glensallagh
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  1. Proclamation for Peace
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  1. Abe & I
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  1. Beside the Road While Our Nation Is at War
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  1. In My Name
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  1. At the Indian Cemetery on the Oregon Coast
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  1. Earth Verse
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  1. 3
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  1. A Buddhist in Cattle Country
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  1. A Few Treasured Steps at Glensallagh
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  1. Walking in an Old Forest with Our Young Son on My Back, I See the Fates of My Friends in Every Tree
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  1. Abe & I
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  1. Calligraphy of Sticks
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  1. In My Name
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  1. At the Meriwether Lewis Grave on the Natchez Trace in Tennessee
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  1. Earth Verse
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  1. Listening in the Mountains North from Santa Cruz
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  1. A Buddhist in Cattle Country
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  1. The Bardo at a Crack in the World
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  1. Walking in an Old Forest with Our Young Son on My Back, I See the Fates of My Friends in Every Tree
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  1. Roe Deer
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  1. Calligraphy of Sticks
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  1. Crow & Thistle
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  1. At the Meriwether Lewis Grave on the Natchez Trace in Tennessee
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  1. Palouse
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  1. Listening in the Mountains North from Santa Cruz
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  1. Trail Register at Cascade Head
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  1. The Bardo at a Crack in the World
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  1. Last Wish
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  1. Roe Deer
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  1. Smoke
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  1. Crow & Thistle
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  1. Lucky 4 a.m.
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  1. Palouse
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  1. Ruby Takes a Stone
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  1. Trail Register at Cascade Head
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  1. 4: Marriage in Dog Years
  1. Last Wish
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  1. The Berry Fields, 1959
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  1. Smoke
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  1. Wilma’s Wanderings
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  1. Lucky 4 a.m.
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  1. A List of Wonders from the Time of Small
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  1. Ruby Takes a Stone
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  1. Before I Could Be Human
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  1. Marriage in Dog Years
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  1. Why I Was Medieval as a Child
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  1. The Berry Fields, 1959
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  1. When Writing Became Easy
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  1. Wilma’s Wanderings
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  1. At Home
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  1. A List of Wonders from the Time of Small
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  1. Late Night Love Letter, New Orleans
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  1. Before I Could Be Human
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  1. Marriage in Dog Years
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  1. Why I Was Medieval as a Child
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  1. August, 1997
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  1. When Writing Became Easy
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  1. Our Son at One Year Old
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  1. At Home
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  1. Milk
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  1. Late Night Love Letter, New Orleans
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  1. Every So Once in a While
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  1. Marriage in Dog Years
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  1. Home Alchemy
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  1. August, 1997
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  1. Aunt Mar Changes How We See
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  1. Our Son at One Year Old
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  1. Ten Years After the Last Words
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  1. Kindling
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  1. Every So Once in a While
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  1. In a Trance I Figure It All Out
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  1. Home Alchemy
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  1. In the Children
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  1. Aunt Mar Changes How We See
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  1. About the Author
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  1. Ten Years After the Last Words
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  1. Kindling
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  1. In a Trance I Figure It All Out
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  1. In the Children
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  1. About The Author
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781597098274
Related ISBN
9781597098960
MARC Record
OCLC
1127985483
Launched on MUSE
2019-11-20
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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