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Winner, 2021 Northern California Book Award
Finalist, 2021 Patterson Poetry Prize

Sometimes the most compelling landscapes are the ones where worlds collide: where a desert meets the sea, a civilization, no-man’s land. Here in Bonfire Opera, grief and Eros grapple in the same domain. A bullet-hole through the heart, a house full of ripe persimmons, a ghost in a garden. Coyotes cry out on the hill, and lovers find themselves kissing, “bee-stung, drunk” in the middle of road. Here, the dust is holy, as is the dark, unknown. These are poems that praise the impossible, wild world, finding beauty in its wake.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
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  1. Scrub Jays
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  1. I
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  1. Berkeley
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  1. Worlds in Worlds
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  1. Service Station
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  1. The Watch
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  1. Threshold
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  1. Bonfire Opera
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  1. Hawks
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  1. II
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  1. Omens
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  1. The Grass
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  1. Rites of Winter
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  1. O Darkness
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  1. The Bedouin Dress
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  1. Dressing for the Burial
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  1. The Cat
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  1. Working in the Garden, I Think of My Son
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  1. Coyote
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  1. III
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  1. Bird
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  1. Chance
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  1. Iris
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  1. Reading My Valentine’s Poem to Frank X. Gaspar
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  1. Sexting
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  1. Trouble
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  1. Detour
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  1. Don’t Tempt the Monks
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  1. Surfer Girl
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  1. IV
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  1. Ashbuds
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  1. Red Tights
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  1. Mosquitoes
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  1. Edible
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  1. Blackberries
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  1. Dragonflies
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  1. Satin and Lace
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  1. Newtonian Nocturne
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  1. Elegy in an Orchard
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  1. V
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  1. Dust
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  1. Duende
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  1. Feeding the Worms
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  1. Egg
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  1. Ghost Child
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  1. Palm Trees
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  1. Improvement
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  1. Small Kindnesses
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  1. Passion Fish
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  1. Aubade with a Chance of Rain
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  1. Stone
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  1. Notes
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  1. Acknowledgments
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