Title Page, Other Works by the Author, Copyright, Dedication

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Contents

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Epigraph

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p. 11

Part I

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p. 13

Monarch

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p. 15

Engagement

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pp. 16-17

Moving In

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pp. 18-19

Barn Owl and Moon

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p. 20

Fertility

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p. 21

Trapeze

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p. 22

Birth

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p. 23

The Flycatcher’s Fall

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p. 24

Prey

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pp. 25-26

Miss Spider’s Guests

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p. 27

Hive

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pp. 28-29

Sanctuary

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pp. 30-31

Under Siege

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p. 32

Part II

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p. 33

Wi´-gi-e

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pp. 35-36

Warning Signs

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p. 37

Afterward

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p. 38

Behind the Swan

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p. 39

Ghost-Echo

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p. 40

Disappearing Act

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p. 41

Solstice in Snow

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p. 42

Pond in Winter

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p. 43

Sea-Change

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p. 44

Isthmus

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p. 45

Squibnocket

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pp. 46-47

Chancing Upon the Manatees

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pp. 48-49

Raccoon on a Branch

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pp. 50-51

Part III

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p. 53

The Broken Swan

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pp. 55-56

Ash

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pp. 57-58

Crossing

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p. 59

Eurydice

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pp. 60-61

Mary of Magdala

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pp. 62-63

Outside the Tomb

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p. 64

Farewell

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p. 65

Under the Dome

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pp. 66-67

Cicadas

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pp. 68-69

Cradle-Song

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p. 70

Threshold

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p. 71

Feast for the Living

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p. 72

First Snow

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p. 73

Magnificent Frigatebird

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pp. 74-75

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 77-78

“Birth” is dedicated to Alexandra Brainerd; “Hive” to Stephen Brainerd; “Sea-Change” to Lisa Lee; “Raccoon on a Branch” to Jason Shinder; “Under the Dome” to Agha Shahid Ali; and “Magnificent Frigatebird” to Stuart Brainerd...

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Biographical Note

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p. 79

Elise Paschen is the author of Infidelities, winner of the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize, and Houses: Coasts. Her poems have been published in The New Republic, Ploughshares, and Shenandoah, among other magazines, and in numerous anthologies. She is editor of the New York Times best-selling anthology Poetry Speaks to Children and co-editor of...