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After the Fall refers to the twin towers, and is Field’s ode to the events that transpired thereafter--the war in Iraq andthe attack on civil rights in America--as well as his own personal struggles over the indignities of aging.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. New Poems
  2. pp. 1-52
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  1. What Poetry Is For
  2. pp. 3-29
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  1. Credo
  2. p. 5
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  1. Homeland Security
  2. pp. 6-7
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  1. Letter on the Brink of War
  2. pp. 8-10
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  1. Good-bye to Berlin
  2. pp. 11-13
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  1. My Favorite President
  2. pp. 14-15
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  1. In Memory of My Foreskin
  2. pp. 16-17
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  1. Holding Up the Universe
  2. pp. 18-19
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  1. Oedipus Schmoedipus
  2. p. 20
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  1. If This Be Jews
  2. pp. 21-22
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  1. Too Late
  2. p. 23
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  1. Mission Accomplished
  2. p. 24
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  1. What Poetry Is For
  2. pp. 25-27
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  1. Judgment at Nuremberg
  2. pp. 28-29
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  1. Dead Man Walking
  2. pp. 31-41
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  1. Dead Man Walking
  2. p. 33
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  1. In Praise of My Prostate
  2. p. 34
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  1. When It Struck Him
  2. p. 35
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  1. Taking My Breath Away
  2. pp. 36-37
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  1. Mrs. Wallace Stevens
  2. pp. 38-39
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  1. Prospero, in Retirement
  2. pp. 40-41
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  1. After the Fall
  2. pp. 43-52
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  1. After the Fall
  2. pp. 45-52
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  1. Selected Poems
  2. p. 53
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  1. from Stand Up, Friend,With Me (1963)
  2. pp. 55-77
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  1. Hydra
  2. p. 57
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  1. Donkeys
  2. pp. 58-59
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  1. Prologue
  2. p. 60
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  1. A Journey
  2. p. 61
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  1. A View of Jersey
  2. pp. 62-64
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  1. Sonny Hugg and the Porcupine
  2. p. 65
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  1. Graffiti
  2. p. 66
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  1. Unwanted
  2. pp. 67-68
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  1. The Sleeper
  2. p. 69
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  1. At the Coney Island Aquarium: An Ode for Ookie, the Older Walrus Child; or The Sibling Rival
  2. p. 70
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  1. The Charmed Pool
  2. pp. 71-72
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  1. Ode to Fidel Castro
  2. pp. 73-77
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  1. from Variety Photoplays (1967)
  2. pp. 79-111
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  1. Curse of the Cat Woman
  2. pp. 81-82
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  1. Frankenstein
  2. pp. 83-84
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  1. The Bride of Frankenstein
  2. pp. 85-87
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  1. Sweet Gwendolyn and the Countess
  2. pp. 88-89
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  1. Whatever Happened to May Caspar?: A Narration for an Animated Cartoon
  2. pp. 90-93
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  1. Nancy
  2. pp. 94-95
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  1. The Life of Joan Crawford
  2. pp. 96-103
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  1. World War II
  2. pp. 104-108
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  1. Giant Pacific Octopus
  2. pp. 109-110
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  1. Tailspin
  2. p. 111
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  1. from A Full Heart (1973)
  2. pp. 113-123
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  1. New York
  2. pp. 115-116
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  1. Being Jewish
  2. pp. 117-119
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  1. The Lost, Dancing
  2. p. 120
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  1. David’s Dream
  2. pp. 121-122
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  1. Sharks
  2. p. 123
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  1. from Stars in My Eyes (1978)
  2. pp. 125-132
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  1. Mae West
  2. pp. 127-128
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  1. Comeback
  2. pp. 129-132
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  1. from New and Selected Poems, from the Book of My Life (1987)
  2. pp. 133-148
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  1. Triad
  2. pp. 135-136
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  1. Oh, Brother!
  2. pp. 137-138
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  1. From Poland
  2. pp. 139-140
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  1. Narcissus
  2. p. 141
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  1. Poems on a Theme
  2. pp. 142-145
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  1. Afghanistan
  2. pp. 146-147
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  1. To Love
  2. p. 148
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  1. from Counting Myself Lucky, Poems 1963–1992 (1992)
  2. pp. 149-178
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  1. The Winners and the Losers
  2. pp. 151-152
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  1. Waiting for the Communists
  2. pp. 153-154
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  1. Blinks
  2. pp. 155-159
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  1. Dietrich
  2. p. 160
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  1. Hear, O Israel
  2. pp. 161-163
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  1. Trop Tard Pour Paris
  2. p. 164
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  1. The Last Bohemians
  2. pp. 165-167
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  1. World Traveler
  2. pp. 168-169
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  1. Rule of the Desert
  2. pp. 170-171
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  1. Sex Among the Savages
  2. pp. 172-173
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  1. Callas
  2. pp. 174-175
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  1. The Guide
  2. p. 176
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  1. Garbo
  2. pp. 177-178
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  1. from A Frieze for a Temple of Love, Poems 1993–1997(1998)
  2. pp. 179-203
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  1. Colombian Gold
  2. pp. 181-183
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  1. My Sister, the Queen
  2. pp. 184-185
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  1. Magic Words
  2. pp. 186-187
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  1. Colossus
  2. pp. 188-189
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  1. St. Petersburg, 1918
  2. p. 190
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  1. The Bukowski Option
  2. pp. 191-194
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  1. from “A Man and His Penis”
  2. pp. 195-196
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  1. from “My Life as a Dog”
  2. p. 197
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  1. Sorry, I Never Slept with Allen Ginsberg
  2. pp. 198-203
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. 205
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