Title Page, Copyright Page

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Contents

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pp. v-viii

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Foreword

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pp. ix-xiv

Reginald Shepherd died September 10, 2008, after a difficult bout with cancer. Before his death, he had carefully selected the poems that make up this collection, so that the individual poems and the selection of poems for this collection were wholly his work. What...

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p. 1

Days like Survival

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pp. 3-3

By the Entrance to Cordova Mall, I Sat Down and Wept

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pp. 4-4

And Therefore I Have Sailed the Seas and Come

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pp. 5-5

As If from the Dead

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pp. 6-6

Attempted Birdcage Number Three

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pp. 7-7

To Be Free

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pp. 8-8

The New Life

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pp. 9-9

Direction of Fall

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pp. 10-10

My Mother Was No White Dove

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pp. 11-11

E Lucevan le Stelle

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pp. 12-13

Experiment V

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pp. 14-14

In the Badlands

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pp. 15-15

Water Is a Museum

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pp. 16-17

Doppelganger Music

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pp. 18-19

A Shoulder to the Wheel

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pp. 20-21

In Bloom

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pp. 22-22

Along with Whatever Has Not Yet Been Named

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pp. 23-23

To Summon Up a Son

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pp. 24-24

Given Distance,

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pp. 25-26

What Nature Doesn’t Show

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pp. 27-27

Wrote for Luck

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pp. 28-29

My Mother Dated Otis Redding

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pp. 30-30

Flying

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pp. 31-32

Falling

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pp. 33-34

Some Dreams He Forgot

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pp. 35-40

II

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pp. 41-42

Dead Boys Club

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pp. 43-44

My Father by the Sea, Supposedly

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pp. 45-45

A Little Iliad

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pp. 46-47

Scraps of an Achilles

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pp. 48-48

On Heroes and Hero Worship

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pp. 49-49

Play Dead

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pp. 50-50

My Immortal

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pp. 51-52

Somewhere Off the Coast of Cyprus

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pp. 53-53

The New Gods

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pp. 54-54

If Orpheus Were Honest with Her

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pp. 55-55

Silent Film, Sound of Glass

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pp. 56-56

Modernism

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pp. 57-57

And This She Knows

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pp. 58-59

A Man Named Property

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pp. 60-61

Natural Selection

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pp. 62-62

Once Thought to Have Been Destroyed

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pp. 63-63

The Shallows

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pp. 64-65

What It Is to Burn

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pp. 66-66

I’ve Known the Garden

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pp. 67-67

Next Year in Gomorrah

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pp. 68-70

A Parking Lot Just Outside the Ruins of Babylon

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pp. 71-71

Alongside the Desiring Machines

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pp. 72-72

Approximately Nothing

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pp. 73-73

Kings Go Forth

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pp. 74-74

Seize the Day

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pp. 75-76

September Songs

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pp. 77-78

Song of the Yet-to-Be-Decided

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pp. 79-79

Soon

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pp. 80-80

Narcissus Before the Rain

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pp. 81-81

Lincoln Park Apocrypha

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pp. 82-83

“God-With-Us”

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pp. 84-86

Acknowledgments

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pp. 87-88