Cover

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Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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pp. v-x

Illustrations

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p. xi

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Editorial Note

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pp. xiii-xv

This edition presents a complete, accurate, and accessible collection of Alexander Posey’s poems, a collection that represents—as much as possible—his creative wishes. The vast majority of these 196 poems have been long out of print, with many last seeing publication in late...

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Acknowledgments

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p. xvii

Of all those who helped me with this edition, I must first thank Daniel F. Littlefield Jr. who not only generously opened his research files to me and provided expert advice but who also gave me the initial idea for this book. While working at the American Native Press Archives...

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Introduction

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pp. xix-xl

Born on August 3, 1873, the Muscogee (Creek) writer Alexander Lawrence Posey lived most of his short life in the Muscogee (Creek) Nation in what is now part of the state of Oklahoma. During that short life he managed to become one of the most influential American Indian...

[Take my valentine and be]

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p. 1

The Warrior’s Dream

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pp. 2-5

[And old or new, can records find]

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p. 6

Death of the Poets

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p. 7

Red Man’s Pledge of Peace [circa 1893]

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pp. 8-9

Red Man’s Pledge of Peace [circa 1898]

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p. 10

Red Man’s Pledge of Peace [ledger version]

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p. 11

The Burial of the Alabama Prophet

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pp. 12-13

Twilight [Eventide]

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pp. 14-15

[Autumn days—bright days of gold]

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p. 16

Death of a Window Plant

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pp. 17-19

O, Oblivion!

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p. 20

Ye Men of Dawes

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pp. 21-22

[Did’st thou see the spectral blossoms fall?]

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p. 23

[Oh, those voices now we hear]

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p. 24

[Forsooth, thou art so versatile, O Bob!]

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p. 25

[To allot, or not to allot]

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p. 26

[For two long days the polar breeze]

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p. 27

[The picnic’s coming]

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p. 28

[The whippowill has come]

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p. 29

[Those bursts of oratory—how they stir the soul!]

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p. 30

Wildcat Bill

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p. 31

There’s a Tide

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p. 32

[In UNCLE SAM’S dominion]

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p. 33

Lowyna

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p. 34

The Indian’s Past Olympic

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pp. 35-39

Cuba Libre

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p. 40

Callie

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p. 41

Mother and Baby

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p. 42

Daisy

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pp. 43-44

The Squatter’s Fence

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p. 45

The Conquerors

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p. 46

Lines to Hall

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pp. 47-48

To Our Baby, Laughing [To Baby Yahola]

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p. 49

The Two Clouds

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p. 50

The Rattler

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p. 51

June [Midsummer]

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p. 52

The Idle Breeze

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p. 53

My Fancy [Fancy]

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p. 54

Autumn

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p. 55

[Oh, to loiter where] [A Rhapsody]

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p. 56

To a Hummingbird

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p. 57

To the Century Plant

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p. 58

Verses Written at the Grave of McIntosh

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pp. 59-60

To the Summer Cloud

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p. 61

To the Crow

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p. 62

To a Snowflake

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p. 63

Sea Shells

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p. 64

The Bluebird

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p. 65

Coyote

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p. 66

Distant Music

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p. 67

Distant Music [early draft]

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pp. 68-69

Earth’s Lilies and God’s

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p. 70

Her Beauty

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p. 71

[I sing but fragments]

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p. 72

Ingersoll

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p. 73

Life’s Mystery

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p. 74

A Picture

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p. 75

Sequoyah

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p. 76

To Wahilla Enhotulle (To the South Wind)

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pp. 77-78

[Upon Love’s sea, our barques shall sail][Drifting Apart]

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p. 79

What My Soul Would Be

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p. 80

In the Winter Hills

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p. 81

The Open Sky

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p. 82

Sunset

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p. 83

The Legend of the Red Rose

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p. 84

My Pearl

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p. 85

Brook Song

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p. 86

Prairies of the West

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p. 87

To Yahola, on His First Birthday

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p. 88

To a Morning Warbler

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p. 89

Lowena

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p. 90

[The Poet’s Song]

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p. 91

[We take no notice of]

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p. 92

[Nature’s Blessings]

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p. 93

Twilight [July 7, 1898]

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p. 94

June [July 10, 1898]

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p. 95

The West Wind [Husse Lotka Enhotulle]

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p. 96

Morning

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p. 97

The Athlete and the Philosopher

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p. 98

Eyes of Blue and Brown

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p. 99

Flowers

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p. 100

Mount Shasta

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p. 101

The Dew and the Bird

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p. 102

The Deer

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p. 103

Be It My Lot

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p. 104

When Love Is Dead

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p. 105

To the Morning Glory

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p. 106

To an Over-Stylish Miss

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p. 107

[Farewell, frail leaf]

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p. 108

The Sunshine of Life

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p. 109

Gone

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p. 110

Kate and Lou

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p. 111

My Hermitage

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pp. 112-113

What I Ask of Life

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p. 114

A Glimpse

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p. 115

The Boston Mountains

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p. 116

By the River’s Brink

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p. 117

By the Shore of Life

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p. 118

Chinkings

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p. 119

A Common Failing

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p. 120

A Fable

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p. 121

Epigrams

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pp. 122-123

God and the Flying Squirrel (A Creek Legend)

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p. 124

In Tulledega

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p. 125

In Vain

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p. 126

The Inexpressible Thought

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p. 127

July

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pp. 128-129

The Man-Catcher

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p. 130

Meaningless

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p. 131

The Milky Way

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p. 132

Miser

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p. 133

A Vision of June [Narcissus—A Sonnet]

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p. 134

Narcissus—A Sonnet

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p. 135

Not Love Always

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p. 136

On Piney

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p. 137

Our Deeds [A Simile]

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p. 138

Pedantry

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p. 139

Say Something

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p. 140

September

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p. 141

A Thin Quilt’s Warmth

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p. 142

Thoughts

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p. 143

To a Common Flower

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p. 144

To a Face Above the Surf

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p. 145

To a Winter Songster

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p. 146

To Hall

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pp. 147-148

To Jim Parkinson

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p. 149

Trysting [Then and Now]

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pp. 150-151

Tulledega

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pp. 152-153

A Vision

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p. 154

What Profit

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p. 155

When Molly Blows the Dinner-Horn

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p. 156

The Arkansas River

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p. 157

Assured

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p. 158

Lovingly [The Call of the Wild]

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p. 159

Limbo [Esapahutche]

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pp. 160-161

[Every moment I flow]

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p. 162

Memories

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p. 163

The Mocking Bird

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p. 164

Spring in Tulwa Thlocco

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p. 165

Where the Rivers Meet

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p. 166

Ode to Sequoyah

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pp. 167-168

Nightfall [Twilight]

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p. 169

An Outcast

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p. 170

Pohalton Lake

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pp. 171-172

Shelter

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p. 173

To a Daffodil

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p. 174

Happy Times for Me an’ Sal

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pp. 175-176

[What sea-maid’s longings dwell] [To a Sea Shell]

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p. 177

The Decree

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p. 178

Song of the Oktahutche

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pp. 179-180

To a Robin

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p. 181

Bob White

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pp. 182-183

The Blue Jay

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p. 184

Moonlight [In the Moonlit Wood]

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p. 185

The Haunted Valley

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p. 186

On the Capture and Imprisonment of Crazy Snake

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p. 187

The Fall of the Redskin

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pp. 188-190

Fus Harjo and Old Billy Hell

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pp. 191-197

Saturday

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pp. 198-199

The Evening Star

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p. 200

On Hearing a Redbird Sing

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p. 201

She Was Obdurate

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pp. 202-203

What a Snap

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p. 204

It’s Too Hot

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p. 205

Alex Posey is Responsible

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p. 206

A Freedman Rhyme

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p. 207

The Creek Fullblood

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pp. 208-209

Arkansaw

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p. 210

Checotah

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p. 211

O’Blenness

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p. 212

Hotgun on the Death of Yadeka Harjo

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p. 213

Again

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p. 214

All the While [Let Men Dispute]

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p. 215

[By the cardinal led aright]

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p. 216

Come

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p. 217

The Flower of Tulledega

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pp. 218-220

For Me

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p. 221

Frail Beauty

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p. 222

A Glimpse of Spring

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p. 223

The Homestead of Empire

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pp. 224-225

[In that valley country lying east]

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p. 226

Irene

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p. 227

On a Marble Medallion of Dante

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p. 228

On the Hills of Dawn

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p. 229

On Viewing the Skull and Bones of a Wolf

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p. 230

Pity

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p. 231

A Reverie

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p. 232

The Rural Maid

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p. 233

’Tis Sweet

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p. 234

To My Wife

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p. 235

To the Indian Meadow Lark

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p. 236

A Valentine

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p. 237

A Vision of Rest

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p. 238

Whence?

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p. 239

[With him who lives a neighbor to the birds!]

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p. 240

Appendix

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pp. 241-243

Bibliography

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pp. 245-246