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Huang Po and the Dimensions of  Love
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In Huang Po and the Dimensions of Love, poet Wally Swist blends themes of love and epiphany to lead readers into a more conscious interaction with the world around them. These ethereal poems call upon a spirituality unfettered to any specific religion, yet universal and potent in its scope, offering a window through which life can be not only viewed but also truly experienced.

This luminescent collection illustrates the joys to be found in the everyday world and the power of existence. Unveiled here are the twin edges of love and madness; the quiet mysteries and revelations of a New England night or the glittering spark of snowdrops; the sharp scents of sugar maple and cinnamon; and the rustle of a junco’s wings. From the restoration and peace of silence or the rush of a brook, to spiraling hawks and Botticelli’s “The Annunciation,” Swist’s poems linger somewhere between the earthbound and the sublime.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Book Title
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. October
  2. pp. 1-2
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  1. Mystery
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  1. Snow Geese
  2. p. 4
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  1. A Deeper Quiet, Then Silence
  2. p. 5
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  1. Visiting Jack Gilbert at Fort Juniper
  2. pp. 6-7
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  1. Juncos
  2. p. 8
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  1. The Annunciation
  2. pp. 9-10
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  1. Huang Po and the Dimensions of Love
  2. pp. 11-12
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  1. To Psyche
  2. p. 13
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  1. Breaking Open Garlic
  2. p. 14
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  1. What Remains
  2. p. 15
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  1. Sharp-Shinned Hawk
  2. p. 16
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  1. Snowdrops, Fort Juniper
  2. p. 17
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  1. The Locomotive
  2. p. 18
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  1. Fort Juniper, Midsummer
  2. p. 19
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  1. Threshold
  2. p. 20
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  1. Upon Request
  2. p. 21
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  1. Rituals
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  1. Grace
  2. pp. 23-24
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  1. Not Finding Something
  2. p. 25
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  1. Winter Gloves
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  1. Trailing Arbutus
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  1. Accompaniment
  2. p. 28
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  1. Red-Tailed Hawk
  2. p. 29
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  1. The Inspired Life
  2. p. 30
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  1. A Sprig of Wild Roses
  2. p. 31
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  1. Taking It Back with Me
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  1. Roaring Brook
  2. p. 33
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  1. Living in the Moment
  2. p. 34
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  1. Mount Toby, Spring Thaw
  2. p. 35
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  1. Scrub Meadow
  2. p. 36
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  1. Roaring Falls: Mid-March
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  1. My Death
  2. p. 38
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  1. The Rush of the Brook Stills the Mind
  2. pp. 39-40
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  1. Starflower
  2. p. 41
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  1. Just Dizzy with Love
  2. p. 42
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  1. Listening to Rilke
  2. pp. 43-45
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  1. Kisses
  2. p. 46
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  1. Walking Stick
  2. p. 47
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  1. Hummingbird and Star
  2. p. 48
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  1. Among Fireflies
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  1. Ode to Squash Soup
  2. pp. 50-51
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  1. The Angel
  2. pp. 52-53
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  1. The Fire
  2. pp. 54-55
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  1. March Wind
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  1. Blue
  2. pp. 57-58
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  1. Oracle
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  1. The Use of Natural Objects
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  1. If It Is Meant to Be
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  1. Kingdom of Heaven
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  1. Radiance
  2. p. 63
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  1. Mnemosyne
  2. p. 64
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  1. What Is Familiar
  2. p. 65
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  1. Great Blue
  2. pp. 66-67
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  1. Wabi and Sabi
  2. p. 68
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  1. The Jones Library Pine
  2. p. 69
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  1. Almost Drowning
  2. pp. 70-71
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  1. Moving the Woodpile
  2. p. 72
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  1. In the Silence
  2. p. 73
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  1. Coming Home
  2. p. 74
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  1. Cinnamon Sticks
  2. pp. 75-76
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  1. Putting Up the Mailbox
  2. pp. 77-78
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  1. Notes
  2. p. 79
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  1. Other Books in the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry
  2. pp. 96-97
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  1. Back Cover
  2. pp. 98-98
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