Cover

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Title Page, Copyright Page

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Contents

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pp. vii-viii

Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

1

Rider Unhorsed

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pp. 3-3

On Leaving Home

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pp. 4-4

Guide

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pp. 5-5

The Largest of the Circus Animals

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pp. 6-6

Oakland Work Crew

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pp. 7-7

Worry Bone

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pp. 8-8

Notes on Thirty Years in the Life of a Ventriloquist

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pp. 9-13

The End of Reading

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pp. 14-15

Learning to Wait

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pp. 16-16

Inspiration

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pp. 17-18

American Beech

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pp. 19-19

Ventriloquist on an Off-Day

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pp. 20-20

2

Panic Grass and Feverfew

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pp. 23-23

Phaëton

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pp. 24-24

Ventriloquist on the Moor

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pp. 25-25

Still Life, Young Woman at the Water’s Edge

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pp. 26-26

Park City Grille

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pp. 27-27

A Brief History of the Decline

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pp. 28-31

The Origin of Pigeons

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pp. 32-32

One of the Dummies at Night

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pp. 33-34

3

Explanation Beginning with a River

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pp. 37-37

Maker

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pp. 38-38

Wildflowers of North America

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pp. 39-39

Self-Portrait as a Word Ending in E

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pp. 40-40

Notes on Colic

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pp. 41-43

How to Make Fatherhood Lyrical

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pp. 44-45

Music in My Head

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pp. 46-46

Death of a Ventriloquist

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pp. 47-48

4

Proof #4

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pp. 51-51

Visiting Chicago

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pp. 52-52

Four Planes of Experience

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pp. 53-59

Rattling Funicular

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pp. 60-61

Caravaggio’s Peter

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pp. 62-62

The Prayer of Glass

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pp. 63-65

Disabused Sonnet

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pp. 66-66

The Perhaps World

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pp. 67-67

Pull

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pp. 68-69

The Worst First Line

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pp. 70-71

More Matter, Less Art

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pp. 72-72

The Nots

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pp. 73-74

Notes

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pp. 75-85