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Truant Pastures
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Poems that ponder the conundrums of existence and religious faith in wartime.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Truant Pastures
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction I
  2. pp. 1-3
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  1. Chalk It
  2. pp. 5-6
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  1. Introduction II. The Pesky Art of Harry C. Staley
  2. pp. 7-11
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  1. The Lives of a Shell-Shocked Chaplain:Charles McCaffery (b. 1920, d. 1978)
  2. p. 13
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  1. Part I. Early Times
  2. p. 15
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  1. Preliminary Report from Dr. Peters, Geo-therapist
  2. p. 17
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  1. Penmanship (1931, 1984)
  2. pp. 18-19
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  1. Argument from Design (1933, 1980, 1930)
  2. p. 20
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  1. Nocturnes (from early films)
  2. pp. 21-23
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  1. 1. Dog-Fight (1928)
  2. p. 21
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  1. 2. Autopsy (1928)
  2. pp. 21-22
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  1. 3. Double Feature (1929)
  2. p. 22
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  1. 4. All Quiet on the Western Front (1932)
  2. pp. 22-23
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  1. Services (1929)
  2. pp. 24-25
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  1. Biology One (1934, 1957)
  2. p. 26
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  1. Take Us In, Mister? (1930’s, 1944)
  2. p. 27
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  1. Asymptote (1945)
  2. pp. 28-29
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  1. Le Bourget (1946)
  2. pp. 30-31
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  1. Engagement (1949, 1917)
  2. pp. 32-33
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  1. Part II. Therapy(1970–1974)
  2. p. 35
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  1. Immersion
  2. p. 36
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  1. Casualties
  2. p. 37
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  1. Sacrifications
  2. pp. 38-39
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  1. Dark Cubes
  2. p. 40
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  1. Morning Song
  2. pp. 41-42
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  1. Apochrypha
  2. p. 43
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  1. About the Aeneid
  2. p. 44
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  1. Mother Behold Thy Son
  2. pp. 45-46
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  1. Early Gothic
  2. p. 47
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  1. Tidings (Christmas 1930s, 1973)
  2. p. 48
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  1. Contractions
  2. p. 49
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  1. Ex-Capt. McCaffery
  2. pp. 50-51
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  1. Fr. Charles Visits Athens
  2. p. 52
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  1. Offertory
  2. p. 53
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  1. Caw
  2. p. 54
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  1. Paradoxology
  2. pp. 55-56
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  1. Voltages and a Fading Coal
  2. pp. 57-58
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  1. Part III. Last Years and Nursing Home
  2. p. 59
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  1. Final Diagnosis
  2. p. 61
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  1. Fish, Two Grown-Ups, Christ (1975)
  2. p. 62
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  1. The Unknown General: Souvenirs (1978)
  2. p. 63
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  1. Viaticum (1979)
  2. p. 64
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  1. Person-To-Person (1979)
  2. p. 65
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  1. Abortions (1979)
  2. p. 66
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  1. Parakeet and Pilot (1979)
  2. p. 67
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  1. Halloween
  2. p. 68
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  1. Late Winters
  2. p. 69
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  1. 1. This Cold
  2. p. 69
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  1. 2. That Year’s Moon
  2. p. 69
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  1. In the Nursing-Home
  2. p. 70
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  1. 1. The Senile General in the Garden
  2. p. 70
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  1. 2. The Senile General Contemplates a Snail
  2. pp. 70-71
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  1. 3. The Senile General Remembers High School
  2. p. 71
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  1. 4. McCaffery’s Solitaire (Nurse’s notes)
  2. p. 72
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  1. 5. Transfusions
  2. p. 73
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  1. 6. McCaffery’s Bardo
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  1. 7. McCaffery’s Karma
  2. p. 74
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  1. The Final Flight
  2. p. 75
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  1. All One Breath
  2. p. 77
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  1. THOMAS KELLY
  2. p. 77
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  1. Fourth Commandment
  2. pp. 77-78
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  1. Early Mission
  2. p. 79
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  1. Sniper
  2. p. 80
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  1. Beyond Victory
  2. p. 81
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  1. Puberty
  2. p. 82
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  1. First Will and Testament
  2. p. 83
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  1. Tom Kelly’s Journal: Two Kills
  2. pp. 84-85
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  1. Entreaty [’45]
  2. p. 86
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  1. Nostalgia Bar
  2. p. 87
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  1. Valor
  2. p. 88
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  1. Professor Kelly
  2. p. 89
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  1. Invocation
  2. p. 89
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  1. A Letter from Tom Kelly, Sr.
  2. p. 90
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  1. Snorkeling
  2. p. 91
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  1. The Rat
  2. p. 92
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  1. Kelly and Some Graves
  2. p. 93
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  1. Obese as Buddha
  2. p. 94
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  1. Interrogating the Ph.D.-Proposal
  2. p. 95
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  1. Puntheism
  2. p. 96
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  1. Lacanagain
  2. p. 97
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  1. About Lower Case
  2. pp. 98-99
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  1. Tom Kelly Mimics R-b-rts-n D-v—s
  2. p. 100
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  1. Museum
  2. pp. 101-102
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  1. Construing Aliquis
  2. p. 103
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  1. Never Say Dido
  2. p. 104
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  1. Rest Energy and the Doe
  2. pp. 105-106
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  1. About His Grandson
  2. p. 107
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  1. Pneumatics
  2. p. 108
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  1. Convalescent
  2. p. 109
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  1. A Sermon Kelly Never Heard
  2. p. 110
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  1. Waiting for Beckett
  2. p. 111
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  1. Coma
  2. pp. 112-113
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  1. Waking Towards the Last December
  2. p. 114
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  1. Elegy for Thomas Kelly
  2. p. 115
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  1. CAIN AND OTHER RELATIVES
  2. p. 116
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  1. Cain
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  1. I Slew Abel
  2. p. 117
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  1. Two Meals
  2. p. 118
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  1. Cute Kelly’s Semi-Final
  2. p. 119
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  1. Dennis (Chips) Kelly on Pension
  2. p. 120
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  1. UNCLE GUS KELLY
  2. p. 121
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  1. 1. Spring 1938
  2. pp. 121-122
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  1. 2. Nuncs
  2. p. 123
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  1. UNCLE ORVILLE AND BEATRICE
  2. p. 124
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  1. Liturgy: Father, Fowl, and Daughter
  2. p. 124
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  1. Principal Parts: Orville Ely
  2. pp. 126-127
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  1. About Beatrice
  2. p. 128
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  1. 1. Beatrice Remembers Her Mother
  2. p. 128
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  1. 2. Beatrice Trip
  2. pp. 128-129
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  1. 3. Beatrice: Feast of the Epiphany 1948
  2. p. 129
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  1. 4. Beatrice: Essence & Accident
  2. p. 129
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  1. 5. Beatrice in Surgery
  2. p. 130
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  1. 6. Hic Jacet Beatrice
  2. pp. 130-131
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  1. New Poems
  2. p. 133
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  1. Sister Kelly
  2. p. 133
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  1. Hoc Est Corpus
  2. p. 134
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  1. The Karma of Sgt. Bruce’s Grandmother (1939)
  2. p. 135
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  1. Sgt. Bruce: Born-Again
  2. p. 136
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  1. Clairvoyance (birthday, 1985)
  2. p. 137
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  1. Leaves
  2. p. 138
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