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Collected Poems

James Wright

Publication Year: 2011

A collection of authentic, profound and beautiful poems.

Published by: Wesleyan University Press

Cover

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Title Page, Copyright

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CONTENTS

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pp. vii-xiii

THE QUEST

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p. 3

SITTING IN A SMALL SCREENHOUSEON A SUMMER MORNING

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p. 4

from THE GREEN WALL

A FIT AGAINST THE COUNTRY

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pp. 7-8

THE SEASONLESS

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pp. 8-9

THE HORSE

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pp. 9-10

THE FISHERMEN

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pp. 10-11

A GIRL IN A WINDOW

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pp. 12-13

ON THE SKELETON OF A HOUND

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pp. 13-14

THREE STEPS TO THE GRAVEYARD

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pp. 14-15

FATHER

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pp. 15-16

ELEGY IN A FIRELIT ROOM

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pp. 16-17

ARRANGEMENTS WITH EARTHFOR THREE DEAD FRIENDS

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pp. 17-18

LAMENT FOR MY BROTHER ON A HAYRAKE

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p. 18

SHE HID IN THE TREES FROM THE NURSES

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pp. 18-20

TO A DEFEATED SAVIOR

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pp. 20-21

TO A TROUBLED FRIEND

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p. 21

POEM FOR KATHLEEN FERRIER

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pp. 21-22

A SONG FOR THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT

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pp. 22-23

A PRESENTATION OF TWO BIRDS TO MY SON

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pp. 23-24

TO A HOSTESS SAYING GOOD NIGHT

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p. 25

A POEM ABOUT GEORGE DOTYIN THE DEATH HOUSE

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pp. 25-26

TO A FUGITIVE

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p. 27

ELEUTHERIA

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pp. 27-28

AUTUMNAL

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p. 28

THE SHADOW AND THE REAL

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p. 29

WITCHES WAKEN THE NATURAL WORLD IN SPRING

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pp. 29-30

MORNING HYMN TO A DARK GIRL

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pp. 30-31

THE QUAIL

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pp. 31-33

SAPPHO

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pp. 33-35

A GESTURE BY A LADY WITH AN ASSUMED NAME

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pp. 35-36

MUTTERINGS OVER THE CRIB OF A DEAF CHILD

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pp. 36-37

THE ANGEL

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pp. 37-39

THE ASSIGNATION

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pp. 39-42

COME FORTH

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pp. 42-43

ERINNA TO SAPPHO

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pp. 43-45

A LITTLE GIRL ON HER WAY TO SCHOOL

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pp. 45-46

MY GRANDMOTHER'S GHOST

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p. 46

SAINT JUDAS

I. Lunar Changes

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p. 49

COMPLAINT

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pp. 49-50

PAUL

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p. 49

AN OFFERING FOR MR. BLUEHART

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pp. 50-51

OLD MAN DRUNK

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pp. 51-52

SPARROWS IN A HILLSIDE DRIFT

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pp. 52-53

A NOTE LEFT IN JIMMY LEONARD'S SHACK

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pp. 53-54

AT THOMAS HARDY'S BIRTHPLACE, 1953

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pp. 54-55

EVENING

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pp. 55-57

DOG IN A CORNFIELD

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pp. 57-58

ON MINDING ONE'S OWN BUSINESS

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pp. 58-60

THE MORALITY OF POETRY

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pp. 60-62

AT THE SLACKENING OF THE TIDE

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pp. 62-63

ALL THE BEAUTIFUL ARE BLAMELESS

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pp. 63-64

IN A VIENNESE CEMETERY

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pp. 64-65

A PRAYER IN MY SICKNESS

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p. 65

THE COLD DIVINITIES

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pp. 65-67

THE REVELATION

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pp. 67-68

A WINTER DAY IN OHIO

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p. 68

II. A Sequence of Love Poems

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p. 69

A BREATH OF AIR

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p. 69

IN SHAME AND HUMILIATION

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pp. 69-71

THE ACCUSATION

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pp. 71-72

THE GHOST

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pp. 72-74

THE ALARM

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pp. 74-75

A GIRL WALKING INTO A SHADOW

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pp. 75-76

BUT ONLY MINE

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p. 76

III. The Part Nearest Home

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p. 77

WHAT THE EARTH ASKED ME

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pp. 77-78

THE REFUSAL

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pp. 78-79

AMERICAN TWILIGHTS, 1957

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pp. 79-81

DEVOTIONS

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pp. 81-82

AT THE EXECUTED MURDERER'S GRAVE

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pp. 82-84

SAINT JUDAS

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p. 84

SOME TRANSLATIONS

TEN SHORT POEMS

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pp. 89-92

I WANT TO SLEEP

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pp. 92-94

NATURE ALIVE

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p. 94

LOVE SONG TO A MORNING

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pp. 94-96

SOME BEASTS

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pp. 96-97

THE HEIGHTS OF MACCHU PICCHU, III

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p. 97

TRUMPETS

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pp. 97-98

DE PROFUNDIS

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pp. 98-99

THE RATS

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p. 99

A WINTER NIGHT

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pp. 99-100

SLEEP

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p. 100

I AM FREED

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pp. 100-101

WHITE ROSE

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pp. 101-102

A DIVINE FALLING OF LEAVES

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p. 102

OUR DAILY BREAD

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pp. 102-104

THE ETERNAL DICE

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pp. 104-105

THE BIG PEOPLE

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pp. 105-106

DOWN TO THE DREGS

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p. 106

NOT IN MARBLE PALACES

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pp. 106-108

ANACREON'S GRAVE

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p. 108

THE BRANCH WILL NOT BREAK

AS I STEP OVER A PUDDLE AT THE END OFWINTER, I THINK OF AN ANCIENT CHINESEGOVERNOR

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pp. 111-111

GOODBYE TO THE POETRY OF CALCIUM

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pp. 111-112

IN FEAR OF HARVESTS

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p. 112

THREE STANZAS FROM GOETHE

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pp. 112-113

AUTUMN BEGINS IN MARTINS FERRY, OHIO

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pp. 113-114

LYING IN A HAMMOCK AT WILLIAM DUFFY'SFARM IN PINE ISLAND, MINNESOTA

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p. 114

THE JEWEL

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p. 114

IN THE FACE OF HATRED

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pp. 114-115

FEAR IS WHAT QUICKENS ME

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p. 115

A MESSAGE HIDDEN IN AN EMPTY WINE BOTTLETHAT I THREW INTO A GULLY OF MAPLE TREESONE NIGHT AT AN INDECENT HOUR

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pp. 115-116

STAGES ON A JOURNEY WESTWARD

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pp. 116-117

HOW MY FEVER LEFT

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pp. 117-118

MINERS

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pp. 118-119

IN OHIO

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p. 119

TWO POEMS ABOUT PRESIDENT HARDING

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pp. 119-121

EISENHOWER'S VISIT TO FRANCO, 1959

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pp. 121-122

IN MEMORY OF A SPANISH POET

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pp. 122-123

THE UNDERMINING OF THE DEFENSE ECONOMY

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pp. 123-124

TWILIGHTS

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p. 124

TWO HANGOVERS

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pp. 124-125

DEPRESSED BY A BOOK OF BAD POETRY, I WALKTOWARD AN UNUSED PASTURE AND INVITETHE INSECTS TO JOIN ME

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pp. 125-126

TWO HORSES PLAYING IN THE ORCHARD

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p. 126

BY A LAKE IN MINNESOTA

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pp. 126-127

BEGINNING

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p. 127

FROM A BUS WINDOW IN CENTRAL OHIO,JUST BEFORE A THUNDER SHOWER

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pp. 127-128

MARCH

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p. 128

TRYING TO PRAY

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pp. 128-129

TWO SPRING CHARMS

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p. 129

SPRING IMAGES

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pp. 129-130

ARRIVING IN THE COUNTRY AGAIN

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p. 130

IN THE COLD HOUSE

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p. 130

SNOWSTORM IN THE MIDWEST

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pp. 130-131

HAVING LOST MY SONS, I CONFRONT THEWRECKAGE OF THE MOON:CHRISTMAS, 1960

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pp. 131-132

AMERICAN WEDDING

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p. 132

A PRAYER TO ESCAPE FROM THE MARKET PLACE

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pp. 132-133

RAIN

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p. 133

TODAY I WAS HAPPY, SO I MADE THIS POEM

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p. 133

MARY ELY

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pp. 133-134

TO THE EVENING STAR: CENTRAL MINNESOTA

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p. 134

I WAS AFRAID OF DYING

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pp. 134-135

A BLESSING

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p. 135

MILKWEED

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pp. 135-136

A DREAM OF BURIAL

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p. 136

SHALL WE GATHER AT THE RIVER

A CHRISTMAS GREETING

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p. 139

THE MINNEAPOLIS POEM

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pp. 139-142

INSCRIPTION FOR THE TANK

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pp. 142-143

IN TERROR OF HOSPITAL BILLS

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pp. 143-144

I AM A SIOUX BRAVE, HE SAID IN MINNEAPOLIS

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p. 144

GAMBLING IN STATELINE, NEVADA

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pp. 144-145

THE POOR WASHED UP BY CHICAGO WINTER

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p. 145

AN ELEGY FOR THE POET MORGAN BLUM

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pp. 145-147

OLD AGE COMPENSATION

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pp. 147-148

BEFORE A CASHIER'S WINDOW IN ADEPARTMENT STORE

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pp. 148-149

SPEAK

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pp. 149-150

OUTSIDE FARGO, NORTH DAKOTA

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pp. 150-151

LIVING BY THE RED RIVER

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p. 151

TO FLOOD STAGE AGAIN

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p. 151

A POEM WRITTEN UNDER AN ARCHWAY IN ADISCONTINUED RAILROAD STATION, FARGO,NORTH DAKOTA

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pp. 151-152

LATE NOVEMBER IN A FIELD

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pp. 152-153

THE FRONTIER

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p. 153

LISTENING TO THE MOURNERS

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pp. 153-154

YOUTH

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p. 154

RIP

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pp. 154-155

THE LIFE

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pp. 155-156

THREE SENTENCES FOR A DEAD SWAN

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p. 156

BRUSH FIRE

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pp. 156-157

THE LIGHTS IN THE HALLWAY

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pp. 157-158

THE SMALL BLUE HERON

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p. 158

WILLY LYONS

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pp. 158-159

A PRAYER TO THE LORD RAMAKRISHNA

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pp. 159-160

IN MEMORY OF LEOPARDI

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pp. 160-161

TWO POSTURES BESIDE A FIRE

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p. 161

FOR THE MARSH'S BIRTHDAY

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pp. 161-162

LIFTING ILLEGAL NETS BY FLASHLIGHT

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pp. 162-163

CONFESSION TO J. EDGAR HOOVER

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pp. 163-164

TO THE POETS IN NEW YORK

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p. 164

THE RIVER DOWN HOME

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pp. 164-165

IN RESPONSE TO A RUMOR THAT THE OLDESTWHOREHOUSE IN WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA,HAS BEEN CONDEMNED

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pp. 165-166

POEMS TO A BROWN CRICKET

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pp. 166-168

TO THE MUSE

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pp. 168-169

NEW POEMS

THE IDEA OF THE GOOD

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p. 173

BLUE TEAL'S MOTHER

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pp. 173-175

MOON

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pp. 175-176

A POEM ABOUT BREASTS

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p. 176

SUN TAN AT DUSK

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pp. 176-177

A MAD FIGHT SONG FOR WILLIAM S. CARPENTER, 1966

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pp. 177-178

THE PRETTY REDHEAD

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pp. 178-179

ECHO FOR THE PROMISE OF GEORG TRAKL'S LIFE

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pp. 179-180

A CENTENARY ODE: INSCRIBED TO LITTLE CROW,LEADER OF THE SIOUX REBELLION INMINNESOTA, 1862

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pp. 180-181

RED JACKET'S GRAVE

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pp. 181-182

TO THE AUGUST FALLEN

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pp. 182-183

A SECRET GRATITUDE

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pp. 183-186

SO SHE SAID

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pp. 186-187

TROUBLE

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pp. 187-188

HUMMING A TUNE FOR AN OLD LADY IN WEST VIRGINIA

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pp. 188-189

TO A DEAD DRUNK

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pp. 189-190

SMALL FROGS KILLED ON THE HIGHWAY

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pp. 190-191

A WAY TO MAKE A LIVING

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pp. 191-192

A SUMMER MEMORY IN THE CROWDED CITY

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pp. 192-194

A POEM BY GARNIE BRAXTON

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p. 194

WRITTEN IN A COPY OF SWIFT'S POEMS,FOR WAYNE BURNS

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pp. 194-195

ECLOGUE AT NASH'S GROVE

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pp. 195-197

IN MEMORY OF THE HORSE DAVID, WHO ATE ONE OF MY POEMS

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pp. 197-198

LARRY

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pp. 198-199

THE OFFENSE

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pp. 199-201

TO A FRIENDLY DUN

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pp. 201-203

TO HARVEY, WHO TRACED THE CIRCULATION

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pp. 203-204

KATY DID

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pp. 204-206

MANY OF OUR WATERS: VARIATIONS ON A POEMBY A BLACK CHILD

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pp. 206-212

A MORAL POEM FREELY ACCEPTED FROM SAPPHO

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pp. 212-213

NORTHERN PIKE; "Bleibe, bleibe bei mir"

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pp. 213-214

INDEX OF TITLES AND FIRST LINES

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p. 215


E-ISBN-13: 9780819569837
Print-ISBN-13: 9780819568618

Page Count: 230
Publication Year: 2011

Edition: Rev. ed.

OCLC Number: 48138544
MUSE Marc Record: Download for Collected Poems