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Contents

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pp. viii-xii

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Foreword: "Charles Wright's Country Music'"

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pp. xiii-xxi

It has been ten years since the first edition of Charles Wright's Country Music: Selected Early Poems, which gathers work from his first four collections of poetry: The Grave of the Right Hand, Hard Freight, Bloodlines, and China Trace. In that time, Wright has dazzled his readers with four more quite extraordinary new volumes: The Southern Cross, The Other Side of the Riper, Zone Journals, and...

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Preface

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pp. xxiii-xxiii

It's been ten years now since I put this collection together from my first four books. I am still, surprisingly enough, satisfied with the editorial decisions I made back then, especially as concerns my first book, The Grave of the Right Hand, from which I kept only a kind of prologue—five prose poems—to the "trilogy" which followed it...

The Grave of the Right Hand

Aubade

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pp. 3-3

The Poet Grows Older

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pp. 4-4

The Voyage

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pp. 5-5

Nocturne

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pp. 6-6

Storm

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pp. 7-7

Hard Freight

Homage to Ezra Pound

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pp. 11-12

Homage to Arthur Rimbaud

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pp. 13-13

Homage to Baron Corvo

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pp. 14-15

Homage to X

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pp. 16-16

The New Poem

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pp. 17-17

Portrait of the Poet in Abraham von Werdt's Dream

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pp. 18-18

Chinoiserie

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pp. 19-19

One Two Three

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pp. 20-20

White

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pp. 21-21

Firstborn

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pp. 22-27

Slides of Verona

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pp. 28-28

Grace

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pp. 29-29

Negatives

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pp. 30-30

The Fever Toy

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pp. 31-31

Notes for Oscar Wilde at San Miniato

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pp. 32-32

Oscar Wilde at San Miniato

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pp. 33-33

Nocturne

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pp. 34-34

Yellow

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pp. 35-35

Dog Creek Mainline

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pp. 36-37

Blackwater Mountain

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pp. 38-38

Sky Valley Rider

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pp. 39-40

Sex

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pp. 41-41

Northhanger Ridge

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pp. 42-43

Primogeniture

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pp. 44-44

Nightdream

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pp. 45-46

Congenital

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pp. 47-47

Clinchfield Station

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pp. 48-48

Bloodlines

Virgo Descending

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pp. 51-52

Easter, 1974

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pp. 53-53

Cancer Rising

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pp. 54-55

Tattoos

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pp. 56-75

Notes to Tattoos

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pp. 76-76

Hardin County

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pp. 77-78

Delta Traveller

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pp. 79-81

Skins

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pp. 82-101

Notes to Skins

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pp. 102-102

Link Chain

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pp. 103-105

Bays Mountain Covenant

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pp. 106-106

Rural Route

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pp. 107-108

China Trace

Childhood

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pp. 111-111

Snow

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pp. 112-112

Self-Portrait in 2035

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pp. 113-113

Morandi

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pp. 114-114

Dog

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pp. 115-115

Snapshot

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pp. 116-116

Indian Summer

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pp. 117-117

Wishes

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pp. 118-118

Quotidiana

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pp. 119-119

At Zero

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pp. 120-120

Sentences

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pp. 121-121

Death

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pp. 122-122

Next

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pp. 123-123

January

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pp. 124-124

1975

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pp. 125-125

Nerval's Mirror

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pp. 126-126

Edvard Munch

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pp. 127-127

Bygones

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pp. 128-128

Equation

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pp. 129-129

California Twilight

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pp. 130-130

Anniversary

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pp. 131-131

12 Lines at Midnight

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pp. 132-132

Dino Campana

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pp. 133-133

Invisible Landscape

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pp. 134-134

Remembering San Zeno

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pp. 135-135

Born Again

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pp. 136-136

Captain Dog

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pp. 137-137

Depression Before the Solstice

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pp. 138-138

Stone Canyon Nocturne

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pp. 139-139

Reply to Chi K'ang

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pp. 140-140

Reunion

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pp. 141-141

"Where Moth and Rust Doth Corrupt"

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pp. 142-142

April

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pp. 143-143

Signature

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pp. 144-144

Noon

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pp. 145-145

Going Home

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pp. 146-146

Cloud River

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pp. 147-147

Reply to Lapo Gianni

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pp. 148-148

Thinking of Georg Trakl

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pp. 149-149

Spider Crystal Ascension

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pp. 150-150

Moving On

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pp. 151-151

Clear Night

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pp. 152-152

Autumn

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pp. 153-153

Sitting at Night on the Front Porch

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pp. 154-154

Saturday 6 a. m.

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pp. 155-155

Him

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pp. 156-158