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Title Page, Copyright Page

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Contents

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Author’s Preface

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Growing up in Brooklyn before World War II, I would sit by the window and write poems. From the age of eight I delighted in the arts. Alternating between poetry and drawing, escaping piano practice into my own tunes, by adolescence I turned to painting, sketching, and then...

Acknowledgments

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Certain Personae

Kwansaba for Richard Wright

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Kwansaba for Amiri Baraka

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Kwansaba for Jayne Cortez

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Song for Angela Davis in the Women’s House of Detention

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Naked Woman Walks Down the Street

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Chanel, Arbus, Duccio

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John Updike and My Mother

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Lincoln’s Summer House

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Poem for Elizabeth Cady Stanton

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Hannibal Crossing the Alps

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Mostly Political

“April is the cruellest month . . .”

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Email Surveillance

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Polar Icecaps

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Daybreak

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Capitalism

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Turtle

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Two Children Are Threatened by a Nightingale

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April 2004

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A Chipped Tooth

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New York Epic

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Wars

Those Policemen Are Sleeping

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To My Unknown Sister in Beirut

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Gulf War

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Delivering Mail in Fallujah

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Bombing Blues

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Suicide Bomber (2001, 2009)

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Just Breathing

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Some Questions for a Missile

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Artillerymen in the Shower

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Hecuba to Hector

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Service for the Dead

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For Gaza

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Variations on a Theme by Andrea Mantegna

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