Cover

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Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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pp. v-vii

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Foreword

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pp. ix-xii

The poet Daniel Hughes, a radiant presence, left behind an enormous hole when he died in October 2003, at the age of seventy-four. He lived the majority of his adult life in Detroit, where for twenty-four years...

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Introduction

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pp. xiii-xviii

When I saw Dan Hughes at Providence Hospital that Sunday in early October 2003, he was eating chocolates, reading the Sunday New York Times, and making wisecracks about George Bush. I did not expect him...

part I

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pp. 1-19

I Whip Around

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p. 3

If We Let Go, Of Course Death Has Us

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p. 4

Back

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p. 5

Icarus

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p. 6

At Last

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p. 7

Please

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p. 8

“The Book Fell from His Hand”

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p. 9

Take the Big Subject: Exile

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p. 10

Travel

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p. 11

Torn, Filthy Maps

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p. 12

Narcissus (Caravaggio)

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p. 13

I Have Lived

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p. 14

Nature

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p. 15

Frond

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p. 16

I Have Been Wrong, Wrong, Wrong

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p. 17

Even

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p. 18

Not Seeing Vermeer

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p. 19

part II

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pp. 21-34

To Charles Harte, Not Alive When Heaney Won the Nobel Prize

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p. 23

Why Didn’t You Tell Me You Were the Great Poet’s Muse?

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pp. 24-25

Mother from Beyond the Grave

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p. 26

Soft

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p. 27

Next Time

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p. 28

Self-Wounding

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p. 29

Obituaries

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p. 30

Steve: The Silences

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pp. 31-33

Anywhere Out of the World

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p. 34

part III

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pp. 35-51

To Mary 5:00 A.M.

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p. 37

Hurt

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p. 38

Glimpse

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p. 39

Best Choices

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p. 40

O I Like

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p. 41

You Feed Me

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p. 42

The Steady-On Agnostic Needs a Muse

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p. 43

Epipsychidion Again

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p. 44

To K——

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p. 45

Let It Out

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p. 46

Your Dead Lovers

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p. 47

Easter 1996

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p. 48

The Divine Sparks Trapped in the World

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p. 49

Were I

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p. 50

It’s All

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p. 51

part IV

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pp. 53-68

Saint Mary’s Schoolyard

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p. 55

Lament of Goliath

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p. 56

My Brutal Face Has Lasted Four Hundred Years

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p. 57

Painting Destroyed:Caravaggio

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p. 58

Berlioz Killed an Opera in His Head

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p. 59

Down

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p. 60

To a Poet

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p. 61

The Fate of Books

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p. 62

Poem

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p. 63

Reading a Writer Recently Dead

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p. 64

Not for Poets

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p. 65

After All

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p. 66

My Poem Making Its Way in the World

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p. 67

Here Come the Notes to My Poems

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p. 68