1. Awareness of Joy
  2. Birds at Recess
  3. The Call Back
  4. A poem to commemorate dennis's road rash, broken rib, concussion and the bruising of his fourth cranial nerve
  5. Oakland Is Burning
  6. Finding Paul's Marker
  7. Freeway
  8. Carolton
  9. Grief in a Dry September
  10. A Headache on Tuesday, February 26, 2002
  11. heaven
  12. A Hillside Pond in the Rain
  13. Hoarder
  14. L.O.F. (In Her Door)
  15. Intersection
  16. Iporaõ 1960
  17. A Janitor on Hansen Way
  18. laundry
  19. Lucy in the Streets with Ashes
  20. The Man in Blue
  21. When the Morning Air was Cold
  22. Night Stand
  23. objectification
  24. (Quoting Emily Dickenson)
  25. Racoon Eyes
  26. Red Lips
  27. Reflections on a dislocation
  28. The Runway
  29. sails
  30. San Antonio Station, January 3, 2005, 4 Pm
  31. Scene Report
  32. Shark Teeth
  33. Prayer for an Old Woman
  34. Encounter in an Unfinished Room
  35. Y Sovendo Morréu com Raiva
  36. On the Strand
  37. Tethered
  38. Before the Beast
  39. The Ties that Bind
  40. Viewing Bald Eagles
  41. Voyeur
  42. What I Learned on Summer Vacation
  43. What I Learned on Summer Vacation
  44. Without You
  45. Love Poem to You Written on a Mountain
  46. Your Tongue is Soft and Your Teeth Slide in Easy


How Sovendo Died of Rabies

Sovendo morréu, y Chico morréu y temos medo.
 	(Sovendo died and Chico died and we are afraid.)
Your carecca (your face) is a mask that flattens.
Each day when crianças, somente o en grupos
 	(children, alone or in groups
 	Are pilgrims)
   Peregrimos to see it,
It is changed.
This is how children deal with the transformations
After our familiar guardian angel se transformo en macumba
 	(Evolved into something voodoo).
Todo començó (it all started) when Sovendo bit Paul then Chico, the monkey.
Seu Berte, dona Marjorí y Paulo foi à Santa Fé
(Seu Berte, dona Marjorie and Paulo went to Santa Fé
And returned with the serum and instructions
Mas os vecinos chegaron com forcados y paus
 	(But the neighborhood came with pitchforks and sticks)
And saving barricaded brothers
Sacrificed you.
Then we dragged your corpo (your body) to this open pit
And we buried your sangre (your blood) with dust by the door
And every day your body changes
And we get our shots
And the pain nos salva, (the pain saves us) all
Except for the macaco (the monkey)
Who died in his gaiola (his cage)
As your mascara (your mask) flattens
And your body swells
Until it sinks away into itself.
The tabuado (the schedule) continues
For the kids and parents
Beyond when the monkey died.
This shows that our pain is necessary
Y doi mais y mais cada día
Até que choramos.
(It hurts more and more each day
 		Until we cry.)
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Stephen Riddle,
May 2, 2002

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