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Red Clay Weather

Reginald Shepherd

Publication Year: 2011

“Clay, red clay in particular, recurs several times throughout the collection as a motif of earth. It is the substance of creation, but always of impermanent things, whether heroes or Babylonian statues with feet of clay, or of things durable but fragile, such as the cuneiform tablets of ‘A Parking Lot Just Outside the Ruins of Babylon.’”—Robert Philen, from the Foreword

Published by: University of Pittsburgh Press

Series: Pitt Poetry Series

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


E-ISBN-13: 9780822978305
E-ISBN-10: 082297830X
Print-ISBN-13: 9780822961499
Print-ISBN-10: 0822961490

Page Count: 104
Publication Year: 2011

Series Title: Pitt Poetry Series
Series Editor Byline: Ed Ochester See more Books in this Series

OCLC Number: 835768704
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