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Heaven & Earth Holding Company
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“Heaven & Earth Holding Company contains a plentitude of delights. Like little stories told in the night, these poems are clear narratives crossed by mysterious shadows. And Hodgen’s tone occupies a singular place at the intersection of funky wit and true feeling.” —Billy Collins

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. I   . . . must i remember? . . .
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. Undiscovering America
  2. pp. 3-3
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  1. Girl with Her Tongue Stuck Out
  2. pp. 4-4
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  1. Just a Tranquil Darker
  2. pp. 5-5
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  1. When Dylan Left Hibbing, Minnesota, August 1959
  2. pp. 6-6
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  1. High Tide
  2. pp. 7-7
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  1. Romance
  2. pp. 8-8
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  1. Keats
  2. pp. 9-9
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  1. Upon Reading in Elmore Leonard’s The Hot Kid that Church Pewsin the 1930s Were Made by Convicts
  2. pp. 10-10
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  1. Killing Mice, December
  2. pp. 11-11
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  1. Sorrow
  2. pp. 12-12
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  1. Watson
  2. pp. 13-13
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  1. Love Field
  2. pp. 15-15
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  1. Poem to Be Read at 30,000 Feet
  2. pp. 16-16
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  1. Man Drowns
  2. pp. 17-17
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  1. Overflow
  2. pp. 18-18
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  1. Witness
  2. pp. 19-19
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  1. Them Shoes
  2. pp. 20-20
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  1. Elvis, 1955
  2. pp. 21-21
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  1. On the Occasion of My Two-Year-Old Granddaughter’s First Attemptsat an Elvis Impression, I Recall the Difficulties of Her Birth
  2. pp. 22-22
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  1. II   . . . crawling between . . .
  2. pp. 23-24
  1. At the Optometrist’s Office
  2. pp. 25-25
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  1. Night Rain
  2. pp. 26-26
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  1. After the Reading, Driving Back to Massachusetts with Jim Beschta,I Think of the Men Who Hold the World in Their Hands
  2. pp. 27-28
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  1. Sleep Comes to Mary Todd Lincoln
  2. pp. 29-29
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  1. Driving Back from Crotched Mountain, Winter Storm, New Year’s Eve
  2. pp. 30-30
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  1. Brief History
  2. pp. 31-31
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  1. For the Man with the Erection Lasting More than Four Hours
  2. pp. 32-32
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  1. Upon Reading that a Noisy Cloth Factory Separated the Family Homesof Sandro Botticelli and Amerigo Vespucci
  2. pp. 33-33
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  1. On Bethlehem’s Plain
  2. pp. 34-34
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  1. Look, Look
  2. pp. 35-35
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  1. For Lou Bishop, the Drunk Who Lived up the Road
  2. pp. 36-37
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  1. History
  2. pp. 38-40
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  1. Throwing Out the Marriage Bed
  2. pp. 41-41
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  1. Teachers
  2. pp. 42-42
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  1. News
  2. pp. 43-43
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  1. Lisbon
  2. pp. 44-44
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  1. Sirhan Sirhan
  2. pp. 45-45
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  1. The Grief Counselor’s Day Off
  2. pp. 46-46
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  1. Finding My Dead Father at the Worcester Art Museum
  2. pp. 47-48
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  1. III . . . in your philosophy . . .
  2. pp. 49-50
  1. Girl on the People Mover
  2. pp. 51-51
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  1. Cross-Country
  2. pp. 52-52
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  1. Yale
  2. pp. 53-53
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  1. Saints
  2. pp. 54-54
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  1. Bootleg
  2. pp. 55-56
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  1. Mr. Muckle
  2. pp. 57-58
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  1. Upon Reading on a Flight from Atlanta the Latest Slang Term for the Act of Defecation
  2. pp. 59-59
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  1. Upon Seeing a Former Lover Pull Up Next to Me at the Intersection of Metaphysics Lane and Memorial Drive
  2. pp. 60-60
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  1. Upon Reading a Poem Entitled “Upon Seeing a Former Lover Pull Up Next to Meat the Intersection of Metaphysics Lane and Memorial Drive”
  2. pp. 61-61
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  1. On Hardly Ever Hearing Anyone Say Boy, Howdy Anymore
  2. pp. 62-63
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  1. Easter
  2. pp. 64-64
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  1. Blind Boy, Fourth of July
  2. pp. 65-65
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  1. London Letter after the Subway Bombing
  2. pp. 66-67
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  1. Dog Dying
  2. pp. 68-68
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  1. Jackstaff, Jackstraw (tack and jib)
  2. pp. 69-69
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  1. Declaration
  2. pp. 71-72
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 73-74
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  1. Design
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