Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Acknowledgments, Dedication

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pp. i-vii

Table of Contents

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pp. ix-xi

New Poems (2003)

Fidelity

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pp. 3-5

Taps

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pp. 6-8

The Ex

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pp. 9-11

Coyote

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pp. 12-15

Orchids

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pp. 16-19

Once More with Mother on the Beach

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pp. 20-23

Three-Ring Circus

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pp. 24-26

When . . .

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pp. 27-29

Ego

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pp. 30-32

Coelacanth

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pp. 33-34

The Other Shoe

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pp. 35-36

Light Takes the Tree

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pp. 37-39

The Franz Kafka Fellowship Hotel

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pp. 40-42

The Former Life

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pp. 43-45

Transformer

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pp. 46-48

Fixer-Upper

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pp. 49-50

Persimmon Fjord

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pp. 51-52

The Man in the Diving Suit

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pp. 53-55

Happiness

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pp. 56-58

The Wichita Poems (1975)

The Light

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p. 61

A Good Excuse

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p. 62

The Permanence of Witches

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pp. 63-64

The Alligators

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pp. 65-66

Frankenstein's 4:00 a.m. Lament; or, The Man Who Lives Downstairs

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pp. 67-68

More Trouble with the Obvious (1981)

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More Trouble with the Obvious

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pp. 71-72

A baby bird has fallen from its tree and lies feebly peeping dead center of the bright circle under our streetlight. What is there to do but bring it in? We dutifully prepare a shoebox, then mix up the baby food and hamburger of an old routine we know by heart, the ritual we’ve learned as children—but the truth is, in...

Crabapples

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pp. 73-74

The Sibyl at Snug Harbor

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pp. 75-76

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The Fisherman

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pp. 77-78

For nearly a month he had been having dreams in which he appeared to himself as someone he didn’t like, someone he couldn’t trust—and waking up he felt hysterical, dull, dishonest, and ashamed. But his wife thought that perhaps he had been working too hard and that maybe he ought to go fishing. He didn’t...

The Honeymoon of the Muse

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pp. 79-80

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Walking the Baby to the Liquor Store

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pp. 81-82

It’s nearly ten o’clock in the morning and I have work to do. I have to write a novel and a book of criticism. I have also a book of Mongolian double sestinas to translate, a verse play that needs a final act, and a movie script that’s hardly off the ground. Besides that, I haven’t published a book of my own poetry in weeks...

Fun at Crystal Lake

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pp. 83-84

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Driving into Enid

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pp. 85-86

Hundreds of migrating hawks are roosting in the hedgerows around Enid, Oklahoma. If the sun were out you could see they were a reddish-brown and had creamy, speckled bellies. But today it’s raining in Enid and the rain is mixed with snow. The hawks are merely silhouettes today, far off. ...

Arizona Movies

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pp. 87-92

Blue Tango (1989)

The Age of Reason

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pp. 95-97

The Spoiled Child

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pp. 98-100

The Afterlife

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pp. 101-102

Meat

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pp. 103-104

Lake Limbo

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pp. 105-106

Blue Tango

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pp. 107-109

Bowling Alley

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pp. 110-111

Hold It

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pp. 112-115

Hanging On like Death

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pp. 116-117

Fishing with Children

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pp. 118-119

Creative Writing

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pp. 120-121

Hamburger Heaven

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pp. 122-123

Atlantis

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pp. 124-125

Tall Birds Stalking (1994)

Adios Zarathustra

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pp. 129-131

The Awards Banquet

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pp. 132-136

In the Chariot Drawn by Dragons

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pp. 137-138

Crawlspace

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pp. 139-140

Late

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pp. 141-142

Tall Birds Stalking

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pp. 143-148

Uncomfortable Procedures

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pp. 149-151

The Last Neanderthal (1999)

Clarity

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pp. 155-157

The Elephant in Winter

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pp. 158-160

Periscope

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pp. 161-163

Beauty

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pp. 164-166

Twilight of the Neanderthals

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pp. 167-172

Ghost

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pp. 173-174

Shangri-La

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pp. 175-177

In the Company of Manatees

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pp. 178-180

The Last Neanderthal

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pp. 181-183

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About the Author, Further Reading, Publication Information

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pp. 185-192

Michael Van Walleghen received his bachelor of arts degree in English from Wayne State University in Detroit and his master of fine arts in creative writing from the University of Iowa. He is he author of five previous books of poetry: The Wichita Poems (1975)...