Cover

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Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Acknowledgments

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p. ix

Grateful acknowledgment is made to the following periodicals in which these poems first appeared or will appear, sometimes in different forms:...

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A Note about the Book

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p. x

These poems were influenced by my readings in gnosticism, particularly Hans Jonas, to whom I owe a debt, and the old texts in The Nag Hammadi Library, which emphasize an inward search for reality, a disjunction between spirit...

Little Furnace

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p. 1

I. Twelve Dawns

Old Ice

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p. 5

Dark Existence

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p. 6

Black Series

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p. 7

The Servant

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p. 8

December Shadow

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p. 9

January Dawn

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p. 10

March Dawn

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p. 11

Blossoms Appearing

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p. 12

Every Life

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p. 13

A Vigil

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p. 14

First Thought

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pp. 15-16

II. Dark Matter

Mighty Forms

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p. 19

Adult Joy

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pp. 20-21

Food

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pp. 22-24

Holding On

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p. 25

Recycling Center

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pp. 26-27

The Rat

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pp. 28-29

Sorrow of Matter

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pp. 30-31

The Spell

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p. 32

Several Errands

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pp. 33-34

(interruption)

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p. 35

Dark Matter

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pp. 36-37

The Hair

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p. 38

Toll Collector

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pp. 39-40

III. Gnostic Heaven

Gnostic Heaven

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pp. 43-44

Magdalene

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pp. 45-48

Meridian Plinth

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pp. 49-50

Autumn Moon

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pp. 51-55

(interruption)

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p. 56

Steinberg Case

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pp. 57-61

Small Spaces

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p. 62

untitled fragment

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p. 63

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p. 64

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p. 65

untitled fragment

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p. 66

untitled fragment

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p. 67

A Foghorn

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pp. 68-69

IV. Bright Existence

Trapped Light

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p. 73

Vast Fluttering

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pp. 74-76

Almost Shadow

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p. 77

Spare World

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pp. 78-80

(interruption)

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p. 81

Branch, Scraping

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pp. 82-83

Archaic Wanderings

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p. 84

Torn Shadow

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pp. 85-87

Marshy Area

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p. 88

Useful Shadow

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pp. 89-90

Luminous Textures

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pp. 91-93

Empty Shadow

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pp. 94-95

Bright Existence

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p. 96

The Snakeskin

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p. 99