In this Book

Garnet Poems
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Connecticut may be a small state, but it is large indeed in its contribution to the nation's literature. Garnet Poems features forty-two poets whose work has a strong connection to Connecticut. The first major anthology of Connecticut poetry to appear since the mid-nineteenth century, it includes the work of such notable poets as Wallace Stevens, Lydia Sigourney, Mark Van Doren, Richard Wilbur,
Susan Howe, and Elizabeth Alexander. Distinguished writer-scholar Dennis Barone has supplemented the poems with an editor's preface, notes that illuminate the poet's (or poem's) relation to the state, and informative biographies. The book also features a foreword by Dick Allen, the current Connecticut state poet laureate.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 2-5
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-viii
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Editor’s Preface
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. John Trumbull (1750–1831)
  1. from Progress of Dulness
  2. pp. 1-3
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  1. from M’Fingal
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  1. Timothy Dwight (1752–1817)
  1. from Greenfield Hill
  2. pp. 6-12
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  1. A Song
  2. pp. 13-14
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  1. David Humphreys (1753–1818)
  1. The Monkey
  2. pp. 15-16
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  1. Sonnet I
  2. pp. 17-34
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  1. from The Address to the Armies of the United States of America
  2. pp. 18-35
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  1. Joel Barlow (1754–1812)
  1. from The Hasty Pudding
  2. pp. 19-21
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  1. from The Columbiad
  2. pp. 22-23
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  1. James Abraham Hillhouse (1789–1841)
  1. from The Judgment, A Vision
  2. pp. 24-25
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  1. from Sachem’s Wood
  2. pp. 26-43
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  1. Lydia Sigourney (1791–1865)
  1. The Western Emigrant
  2. pp. 27-28
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  1. Death of an Infant
  2. pp. 29-46
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  1. The War-Spirit
  2. pp. 30-47
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  1. Indian Names
  2. pp. 31-32
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  1. Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811–1896)
  1. The Old Psalm Tune
  2. pp. 33-34
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  1. Above
  2. pp. 35-36
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  1. The Miserere
  2. pp. 37-54
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  1. Henry Howard Brownell (1820–1872)
  1. Suspiria Ensis
  2. pp. 38-41
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  1. A War Study
  2. pp. 42-59
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  1. All Together
  2. pp. 43-44
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  1. Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860–1935)
  1. In Duty Bound
  2. pp. 45-62
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  1. To the Young Wife
  2. pp. 46-47
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  1. Anna Hempstead Branch (1875–1937)
  1. Connecticut Road Song
  2. pp. 48-49
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  1. Inheritance
  2. pp. 50-67
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  1. First Letter
  2. pp. 51-68
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  1. Wallace Stevens (1879–1955)
  1. Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird
  2. pp. 52-54
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  1. Of Hartford in a Purple Light
  2. pp. 55-72
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  1. from An Ordinary Evening in New Haven
  2. pp. 56-59
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  1. The Plain Sense of Things
  2. pp. 60-77
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  1. The River of Rivers in Connecticut
  2. pp. 61-78
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  1. Mark Van Doren (1894–1972)
  1. Going Home
  2. pp. 62-79
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  1. The Unknown Army
  2. pp. 63-80
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  1. The Seven Sleepers
  2. pp. 64-81
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  1. Anger in the Room
  2. pp. 65-82
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  1. Robert Penn Warren (1905–1989)
  1. Small White House
  2. pp. 66-83
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  1. Evening Hawk
  2. pp. 67-84
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  1. Rather Like a Dream
  2. pp. 68-85
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  1. Heart of Autumn
  2. pp. 69-86
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  1. Charles Olson (1910–1970)
  1. from As the Dead Prey upon Us
  2. pp. 70-87
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  1. Variations Done for Gerald Van De Wiele
  2. pp. 71-74
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  1. James Laughlin (1914–1997)
  1. Is Memory
  2. pp. 75-92
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  1. The Old Men
  2. pp. 76-93
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  1. from My Aunt
  2. pp. 77-78
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  1. What the Pencil Writes
  2. pp. 79-96
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  1. William Meredith (1919–2007)
  1. The Open Sea
  2. pp. 80-97
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  1. The Wreck of the Thresher
  2. pp. 81-82
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  1. Winter Verse for His Sister
  2. pp. 83-100
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  1. Here and There
  2. pp. 84-85
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  1. Richard Wilbur (1921– )
  1. In Trackless Woods
  2. pp. 86-103
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  1. In the Field
  2. pp. 87-89
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  1. Advice to a Prophet
  2. pp. 90-91
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  1. “A World Without Objects Is a Sensible Emptiness”
  2. pp. 92-109
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  1. The Beautiful Changes
  2. pp. 93-110
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  1. Hayden Carruth (1921–2008)
  1. The Sound of Snow
  2. pp. 94-111
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  1. Stepping Backward
  2. pp. 95-112
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  1. The Mythology of Dark and Light
  2. pp. 96-101
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  1. James Merrill (1926–1995)
  1. A Tenancy
  2. pp. 102-104
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  1. The Emerald
  2. pp. 105-106
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  1. The Victor Dog
  2. pp. 107-108
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  1. from Mirabell: Books of Number
  2. pp. 109-110
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  1. Dead Center
  2. pp. 111-128
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  1. F. D. Reeve (1928– )
  1. Night River
  2. pp. 112-129
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  1. Identity Crisis
  2. pp. 113-114
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  1. Watersong
  2. pp. 115-132
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  1. what the cranes said
  2. pp. 116-133
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  1. Donald Hall (1928– )
  1. Christmas Eve in Whitneyville
  2. pp. 117-118
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  1. White Apples
  2. pp. 119-136
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  1. Kicking the Leaves
  2. pp. 120-123
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  1. 1943
  2. pp. 124-141
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  1. John Hollander (1929– )
  1. An Old Song
  2. pp. 125-142
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  1. Pageant of the Cold
  2. pp. 126-143
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  1. That’s for Oblivion
  2. pp. 127-144
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  1. Collected Novels
  2. pp. 128-131
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  1. Adam’s Task
  2. pp. 132-149
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  1. Lewis Turco (1934– )
  1. Ode on St. Cecilia’s Day 1964
  2. pp. 133-134
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  1. The Late, Late Show
  2. pp. 135-136
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  1. The Recurring Dream
  2. pp. 137-154
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  1. Wake Disturbing Surfaces
  2. pp. 138-155
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  1. Russell Edson (1935– )
  1. A Chair
  2. pp. 139-156
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  1. A Stone Is Nobody’s
  2. pp. 140-157
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  1. The Ancestral Mousetrap
  2. pp. 141-158
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  1. The Ceremony
  2. pp. 142-159
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  1. The Matter
  2. pp. 143-160
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  1. Susan Howe (1937– )
  1. Silence Wager Stories
  2. pp. 144-151
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  1. Brendan Galvin (1938– )
  1. The Potatoes Have a Word to Say
  2. pp. 152-169
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  1. The Connecticut River in Flood
  2. pp. 153-154
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  1. from Wampanoag Traveler
  2. pp. 155-157
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  1. Dick Allen (1939– )
  1. Another Knowledge
  2. pp. 158-159
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  1. On the New Haven Line
  2. pp. 160-177
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  1. To a Woman Half a World Away
  2. pp. 161-178
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  1. A Last Memory of Korea
  2. pp. 162-179
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  1. The Persistence
  2. pp. 163-164
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  1. George F. Butterick (1942–1988)
  1. 1970
  2. pp. 165-166
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  1. The Walker
  2. pp. 167-168
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  1. Gurleyville Road
  2. pp. 169-186
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  1. The Distances
  2. pp. 170-187
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  1. Doug Anderson (1943– )
  1. First Blood
  2. pp. 171-188
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  1. History Blues
  2. pp. 172-189
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  1. The Oracle
  2. pp. 173-190
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  1. Crows
  2. pp. 174-175
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  1. Vivian Shipley (1943– )
  1. Moonflower
  2. pp. 176-193
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  1. Digging Up Peonies
  2. pp. 177-194
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  1. Static Holds a Grudge
  2. pp. 178-195
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  1. Number Fifty-two: Winifred Benham, Hartford, Connecticut, October 7, 1697
  2. pp. 179-181
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  1. Margaret Gibson (1944– )
  1. A Ripple of Deer, A Metamorphosis of Bear, A Metaphor of Mountains
  2. pp. 182-183
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  1. Elegy for a Dancer
  2. pp. 184-186
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  1. Icon
  2. pp. 187-188
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  1. Newspaper Photograph
  2. pp. 189-190
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  1. Gray Jacobik (1944– )
  1. Skirts
  2. pp. 191-208
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  1. The Wooden Egg
  2. pp. 192-209
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  1. The Banquet
  2. pp. 193-210
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  1. Of Cos Cob in Snow
  2. pp. 194-211
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  1. J. D. McClatchy (1945– )
  1. Late Autumn Walk
  2. pp. 195-196
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  1. The Bookcase
  2. pp. 197-214
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  1. E R
  2. pp. 198-200
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  1. Marilyn Nelson (1946– )
  1. Churchgoing
  2. pp. 201-202
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  1. Sisters
  2. pp. 203-220
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  1. Juneteenth
  2. pp. 204-221
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  1. Psalm
  2. pp. 205-222
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  1. Charles O. Hartman (1949– )
  1. Petting Zoo
  2. pp. 206-207
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  1. A Walk in Winter
  2. pp. 208-209
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  1. Tuxedo
  2. pp. 210-212
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  1. Chase Twichell (1950– )
  1. Why All Good Music Is Sad
  2. pp. 213-214
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  1. The Paper River
  2. pp. 215-216
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  1. Savin Rock
  2. pp. 217-219
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  1. Rosanna Warren (1953– )
  1. World Trade Center
  2. pp. 220-237
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  1. Snow
  2. pp. 221-238
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  1. Orchard
  2. pp. 222-223
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  1. Day Lilies
  2. pp. 224-241
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  1. Sophie Cabot Black (1958– )
  1. Lost
  2. pp. 225-242
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  1. The Harrowing
  2. pp. 226-243
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  1. The Climb
  2. pp. 227-244
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  1. Threshold
  2. pp. 228-245
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  1. Stacy Doris (1962–2012)
  1. from Knot
  2. pp. 229-231
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  1. from Cheerleader’s Guide to the World: Council Book
  2. pp. 232-249
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  1. Elizabeth Alexander (1962– )
  1. Tina Green
  2. pp. 233-250
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  1. Ars Poetica #92: Marcus Garvey on Elocution
  2. pp. 234-251
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  1. Connecticut
  2. pp. 235-252
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  1. The Amistad Trail
  2. pp. 236-253
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  1. Richard Deming (1970– )
  1. OH
  2. pp. 237-254
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  1. Wintering the Turn
  2. pp. 238-255
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  1. Annus Mirabilis
  2. pp. 239-256
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  1. Mise En Scene
  2. pp. 240-242
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  1. Gabrielle Calvocoressi (1974– )
  1. The Death of Towns
  2. pp. 243-245
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  1. Late Twentieth Century in the Form of Litany
  2. pp. 246-248
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  1. Final Note
  2. pp. 249-252
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  1. About the Poets
  2. pp. 253-268
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  1. Publications and Credits
  2. pp. 269-272
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  1. Index of Titles
  2. pp. 273-274
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