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Charlotte Perkins Gilman's In This Our World and Uncollected Poems

by Charlotte Perkins Gilmore

Publication Year: 2012

Brings together Charlotte Perkins Gilman's first collection of poetry alongside 79 previously uncollected verses.

Published by: Syracuse University Press

Cover

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Title Page, Copyright Page

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Contents

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pp. vii-xiii

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Acknowledgments

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p. xv

WE WISH TO EXPRESS our sincere thanks to the following individuals and institutions for their kind assistance during the production of this volume. The staff at the Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, and particularly...

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A Note on the Text

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p. xvii

THIS VOLUME reprints 261 of Gilman’s poems, including 149 verses that appeared in the third American (or final) edition of In This Our World, as well as 112 vagrant verses that were produced throughout Gilman’s career. Our purpose has been to make available...

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Introduction

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pp. xix-xxvi

CHARLOTTE PERKINS GILMAN (1860–1935), the most prominent intellectual in the American woman’s movement early in the twentieth century, began her writing career as a poet. Her first collection of verse, entitled In This Our World, was issued in three different editions between...

The World

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pp. 1-71

Birth

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p. 3

Nature’s Answer

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pp. 4-5

The Commonplace

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pp. 5-6

Homes—A Sestina

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pp. 6-7

A Common Inference

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p. 7

The Rock and the Sea

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pp. 8-9

The Lion Path

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pp. 9-10

Reinforcements

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p. 10

Heroism

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pp. 10-12

Fire with Fire

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p. 12

The Shield

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pp. 12-13

To the Preacher

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pp. 13-14

A Type

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p. 14

Compromise

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pp. 14-15

Part of the Battle

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p. 15

Step Faster, Please

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pp. 15-16

A New Year’s Reminder

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p. 16

Out of Place

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pp. 16-17

Little Cell

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p. 17

The Child Speaks

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pp. 17-18

To a Good Many

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pp. 18-19

How Would You?

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pp. 19-21

A Man Must Live

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p. 21

In Duty Bound

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pp. 21-22

Desire

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p. 22

Why Not?

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pp. 22-23

Out of the Gate

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pp. 23-24

The Modern Skeleton

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pp. 24-25

The Lesson of Death—to S.T.D.

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pp. 25-26

For Us

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p. 27

Thanksgiving

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p. 27

Christmas Hymn

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pp. 27-28

Christmas

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pp. 28-29

The Living God

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pp. 29-30

A Prayer

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pp. 30-31

Give Way!

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p. 31

Thanksgiving Hymn—for California

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pp. 31-32

Christmas Carol—for Los Angeles

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pp. 32-33

New Duty

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p. 33

Seeking

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pp. 33-34

Finding

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pp. 34-35

Too Much

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p. 35

The Cup

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p. 35

What Then?

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pp. 35-36

Our Loneliness

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pp. 36-37

The Keeper of the Light

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p. 37

Immortality

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pp. 37-38

Waste

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pp. 38-39

Wings

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pp. 39-40

The Heart of the Water

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p. 40

The Ship

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p. 40

Among the Gods

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pp. 41-42

Songs

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p. 42

Heaven

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pp. 42-43

Ballad of the Summer Sun

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p. 43

Pioneers

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p. 44

Exiles

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p. 44

A Nevada Desert

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pp. 44-45

Tree Feelings

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p. 45

Monotony—from California

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pp. 45-46

The Beds of Fleur-de-Lys

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p. 46

It is Good to be Alive

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p. 47

The Changeless Year—Southern California

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p. 47

Where Memory Sleeps—Rondeau

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pp. 47-48

California Car Windows

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p. 48

Limits

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p. 48

Powell Street

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pp. 48-50

From Russian Hill

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pp. 50-51

“An Unusual Rain”

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pp. 51-52

The Hills

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p. 52

City’s Beauty

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pp. 52-53

Two Skies—from England

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p. 53

Winds and Leaves—from England

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pp. 53-54

On the Pawtuxet

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p. 54

A Moonrise

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p. 54

Their Grass!—A Protest from California

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p. 55

The Prophets

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p. 56

Similar Cases

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pp. 56-58

A Conservative

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pp. 58-59

An Obstacle

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pp. 59-61

The Fox who had Lost his Tail

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p. 61

The Sweet Uses of Adversity

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pp. 61-62

Connoisseurs

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pp. 62-63

Technique

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p. 63

The Pastellette

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pp. 63-64

The Pig and the Pearl

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pp. 64-65

Poor Human Nature

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p. 65

Our San Francisco Climate

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pp. 65-66

Criticism

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p. 66

Another Creed

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pp. 66-67

The Little Lion

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p. 67

A Misfit

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pp. 67-68

On New Year’s Day

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p. 68

Our East

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p. 69

Unmentionable

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pp. 69-70

An Invitation from California

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pp. 70-71

Resolve

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p. 71

Woman

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pp. 73-102

She Walketh Veiled and Sleeping

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p. 75

To Man

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pp. 75-76

Women of To-day

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pp. 76-77

To the Young Wife

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pp. 77-78

False Play

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p. 78

Motherhood

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pp. 78-80

Six Hours a Day

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pp. 80-81

An Old Proverb

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pp. 81-82

Reassurance

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p. 82

Mother to Child

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pp. 82-84

Services

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pp. 84-85

In Mother-Time

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pp. 85-86

She Who is to Come

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p. 86

Girls of To-day

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pp. 86-87

“We, as Women”

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pp. 87-88

If Mother Knew

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pp. 88-89

The Anti-Suffragists

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pp. 89-90

Women Do Not Want It

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p. 91

Wedded Bliss

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p. 92

The Holy Stove

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pp. 92-93

The Mother’s Charge

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pp. 93-94

A Brood Mare

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pp. 94-96

Feminine Vanity

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pp. 96-97

The Modest Maid

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pp. 97-98

Unsexed

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pp. 98-99

Females

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pp. 99-100

A Mother’s Soliloquy

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pp. 100-101

They Wandered Forth

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p. 101

Baby Love

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pp. 101-102

The March

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pp. 103-128

The Wolf at the Door

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pp. 105-106

The Lost Game

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pp. 106-107

The Looker-On

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pp. 107-109

The Old-Time Wail

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pp. 109-110

Free Land is Not Enough

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pp. 110-111

Who is to Blame?

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pp. 111-112

If a Man May Not Eat Neither Can He Work

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pp. 112-113

His Own Labor

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pp. 113-114

As Flew the Cross

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p. 114

To Labor

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pp. 114-115

Hardly a Pleasure

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pp. 115-117

Nationalism

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p. 117

The King is Dead! Long Live the King!

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pp. 117-118

“How Many Poor!”

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pp. 118-119

The Dead Level

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pp. 119-120

The Cart Before the Horse

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p. 120

The Amoeboid Cell

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pp. 120-122

The Survival of the Fittest

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pp. 122-123

Division of Property

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p. 123

Christian Virtues

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pp. 123-125

What’s That?

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pp. 125-126

An Economist

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pp. 126-127

Charity

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pp. 127-128

Uncollected and Other Poems

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pp. 129-195

To D[andelion]—— G[reens]——

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p. 131

Young Allan Black

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pp. 131-132

Sketches

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pp. 132-133

Ode to a Fool

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pp. 133-134

Ballade of the Young Editor

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pp. 134-135

Why Nature Laughs

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pp. 135-136

The Amiable Elephant

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p. 136

Mr. Rockefeller’s Prayer

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pp. 137-138

“The Poor Ye Have Always With You"

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p. 138

To Mothers

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pp. 138-140

Ballade of ye Gentil Mayde

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pp. 140-141

Vain Fears

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pp. 141-142

A Hope

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pp. 142-143

News

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pp. 143-144

The Duty Farthest

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p. 144

Tassels

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pp. 144-145

A New Creation

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pp. 145-146

Christmas Time

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pp. 146-147

Ideas. (After Emerson)

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p. 147

The Teacher

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pp. 147-148

The San Francisco Hen

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pp. 148-149

In Re “Andromaniacs”

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p. 149

My Cyclamen

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pp. 149-150

Work and Wages

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pp. 150-151

Ruined

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pp. 151-152

Morning

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p. 152

Women to Men. Relatives and Otherwise

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pp. 152-153

For the New Year

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p. 154

Our System

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pp. 154-155

To American Men

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pp. 155-156

Our Wealth

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pp. 156-157

Our Tomorrow

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pp. 157-158

America

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p. 158

The Rats of Ruskin

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p. 158

Eternal Me

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p. 159

Too Wise

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p. 159

Self-Conceit

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p. 159

Two Callings

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pp. 160-162

In Honor / Chant Royale

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pp. 162-163

A Glimpse of New Orleans / Triolet

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p. 163

For This New Year

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p. 164

The Clam and the Lark

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pp. 164-165

Coming

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p. 165

The “Old” Woman

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pp. 165-167

A Valentine to the Bluestocking

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p. 167

Her Answer

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pp. 167-168

My Lady’s Hat / A Pantun

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pp. 168-169

The Purpose

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p. 170

Missing the Way

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p. 170

Human Living

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p. 171

What Counts

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p. 171

Step by Step

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p. 172

“O ’Tis Love, ’Tis Love, ’Tis Love That Makes the World Go Round”

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pp. 172-173

Faith and Fact

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p. 173

Where We Leave Off

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pp. 173-174

Pushing into the Days

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p. 174

For Each Day

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p. 174

Strange Lands

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pp. 174-175

Climb a Tree

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p. 175

Human Pain

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pp. 175-176

Heirlooms

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p. 176

Labor is Prayer

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pp. 176-177

Freedom

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p. 177

The Little White Animals

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p. 178

There is No Payment

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p. 179

To the Wise—A Bargain

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pp. 179-180

Song for Equal Suffrage

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pp. 180-181

Water-lilies

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p. 181

13 Epigraphs to What Diantha Did

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pp. 181-184

13 Epigraphs to The Crux

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pp. 185-187

[“‘Ah, who am I that God should bow]

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p. 187

We Stand as One

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pp. 187-188

Womanhood

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p. 188

Wouldn’t You Think?

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pp. 188-189

Woman’s Hour

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p. 189

Two

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pp. 189-190

The Primal Power

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p. 190

[I’m not feathers, beak, and wings]

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pp. 190-191

Two Hundred Words

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p. 191

A Hundred Years Hence

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pp. 191-192

[O rock and ice! I offered you my hand]

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p. 192

[For this new year unknown whose steady wing]

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p. 192

[I wait the coming year too sad for fear]

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pp. 192-193

For 1899

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p. 193

[So proud of our grandsires are we]

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p. 193

Sophia and Amelia

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p. 194

The Crusade Hymn

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pp. 194-195

The First Idealist

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p. 195

Notes

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pp. 199-208

Works Cited

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pp. 209-210

Back Cover

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E-ISBN-13: 9780815651789
E-ISBN-10: 0815651783
Print-ISBN-13: 9780815632955
Print-ISBN-10: 0815632959

Page Count: 176
Publication Year: 2012

OCLC Number: 808345628
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