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Table of Contents

The Canadian Girl

11 The Canadian Girl 1937
14 My Father and Artichokes
15 My Mother and Asparagus
16 The Diviner
17 Fists
18 Ham
19 Tarzan and Me
20 The Casualties
22 Dear Mr. Wrigley
25 Renovations

The Loves of Aunt Sophronia

29 Kitchen Poetics
30 Cleanliness
31 A Fine Art
32 In Case You Thought You Couldn't
33 The Loves of Aunt Sophronia
34 Aunt Sophronia's Breasts
36 The Perfect Boy The First Fat Man
37 Hysteria
39 The Fetish
41 My Mother's Vases
42 As a Token of Affection

Talking to God

45 At the Moment of Coming
46 Ova
47 Talking to God
48 Family Portrait: At the Sonographer's Studio
49 Gestation Suite
53 New Year's Burial
55 Feeding the New Daughter
56 Diapers
57 Childproof
58 At the Ecology Centre
59 Small Lives

Garden of Earthly Delights

63 Barnacles
64 Mystery Editor Stalks Library
66 Books
69 The Poem
71 The Linguist
72 Garden of Earthly Delights
73 In the Elevator, a Fart
75 Imagine the Frog
76 Icarus Revisited
77 Circle Jerk

79 Acknowledgements