In this Book

In the Black Window
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The title of Michael Van Walleghen's new collection evokes thematic preoccupations that have shadowed him throughout his long career. Appearing as a phrase in the poems themselves, In the Black Window more generally points to Van Walleghen's enduring interest in the intersection between inner and outer worlds of experience--those liminal moments in other worlds where we become aware of ourselves. We live at once in a strictly personal, material dimension but also in a distinctly spiritual one. Yet, when looking from a lighted kitchen into a night-black window on a winter evening, we might perhaps become suddenly aware not only of our own reflection, but also of our complicity in some deeper mystery altogether.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Acknowledgments, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vii
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. ix-xi
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  1. New Poems (2003)
  2. p. 1
  1. Fidelity
  2. pp. 3-5
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  1. Taps
  2. pp. 6-8
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  1. The Ex
  2. pp. 9-11
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  1. Coyote
  2. pp. 12-15
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  1. Orchids
  2. pp. 16-19
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  1. Once More with Mother on the Beach
  2. pp. 20-23
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  1. Three-Ring Circus
  2. pp. 24-26
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  1. When . . .
  2. pp. 27-29
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  1. Ego
  2. pp. 30-32
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  1. Coelacanth
  2. pp. 33-34
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  1. The Other Shoe
  2. pp. 35-36
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  1. Light Takes the Tree
  2. pp. 37-39
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  1. The Franz Kafka Fellowship Hotel
  2. pp. 40-42
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  1. The Former Life
  2. pp. 43-45
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  1. Transformer
  2. pp. 46-48
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  1. Fixer-Upper
  2. pp. 49-50
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  1. Persimmon Fjord
  2. pp. 51-52
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  1. The Man in the Diving Suit
  2. pp. 53-55
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  1. Happiness
  2. pp. 56-58
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  1. The Wichita Poems (1975)
  2. p. 59
  1. The Light
  2. p. 61
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  1. A Good Excuse
  2. p. 62
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  1. The Permanence of Witches
  2. pp. 63-64
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  1. The Alligators
  2. pp. 65-66
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  1. Frankenstein's 4:00 a.m. Lament; or, The Man Who Lives Downstairs
  2. pp. 67-68
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  1. More Trouble with the Obvious (1981)
  2. p. 69
  1. More Trouble with the Obvious
  2. pp. 71-72
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  1. Crabapples
  2. pp. 73-74
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  1. The Sibyl at Snug Harbor
  2. pp. 75-76
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  1. The Fisherman
  2. pp. 77-78
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  1. The Honeymoon of the Muse
  2. pp. 79-80
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  1. Walking the Baby to the Liquor Store
  2. pp. 81-82
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  1. Fun at Crystal Lake
  2. pp. 83-84
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  1. Driving into Enid
  2. pp. 85-86
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  1. Arizona Movies
  2. pp. 87-92
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  1. Blue Tango (1989)
  2. p. 93
  1. The Age of Reason
  2. pp. 95-97
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  1. The Spoiled Child
  2. pp. 98-100
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  1. The Afterlife
  2. pp. 101-102
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  1. Meat
  2. pp. 103-104
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  1. Lake Limbo
  2. pp. 105-106
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  1. Blue Tango
  2. pp. 107-109
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  1. Bowling Alley
  2. pp. 110-111
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  1. Hold It
  2. pp. 112-115
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  1. Hanging On like Death
  2. pp. 116-117
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  1. Fishing with Children
  2. pp. 118-119
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  1. Creative Writing
  2. pp. 120-121
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  1. Hamburger Heaven
  2. pp. 122-123
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  1. Atlantis
  2. pp. 124-125
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  1. Tall Birds Stalking (1994)
  2. p. 127
  1. Adios Zarathustra
  2. pp. 129-131
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  1. The Awards Banquet
  2. pp. 132-136
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  1. In the Chariot Drawn by Dragons
  2. pp. 137-138
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  1. Crawlspace
  2. pp. 139-140
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  1. Late
  2. pp. 141-142
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  1. Tall Birds Stalking
  2. pp. 143-148
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  1. Uncomfortable Procedures
  2. pp. 149-151
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  1. The Last Neanderthal (1999)
  2. p. 153
  1. Clarity
  2. pp. 155-157
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  1. The Elephant in Winter
  2. pp. 158-160
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  1. Periscope
  2. pp. 161-163
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  1. Beauty
  2. pp. 164-166
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  1. Twilight of the Neanderthals
  2. pp. 167-172
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  1. Ghost
  2. pp. 173-174
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  1. Shangri-La
  2. pp. 175-177
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  1. In the Company of Manatees
  2. pp. 178-180
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  1. The Last Neanderthal
  2. pp. 181-183
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  1. About the Author, Further Reading, Publication Information
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