Cover

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pp. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 2-5

Contents

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pp. v-viii

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Foreword

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pp. ix-x

In a United States of America jigsaw puzzle, the state of Connecticut is small and shaped rather like an ordinary rectangle. On the nation’s poetry map, however, Connecticut looms large. ...

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Editor’s Preface

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pp. xi-xiv

Many anthologies beg the question of how their contents have been selected. This book, organized around the state of Connecticut, draws on the work of poets born in the state as well as transplants whose work has become identified with the state. ...

John Trumbull (1750–1831)

from Progress of Dulness

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pp. 1-3

from M’Fingal

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pp. 4-5

Timothy Dwight (1752–1817)

from Greenfield Hill

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pp. 6-12

A Song

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pp. 13-14

David Humphreys (1753–1818)

The Monkey

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pp. 15-16

Sonnet I

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pp. 17-34

from The Address to the Armies of the United States of America

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pp. 18-35

Joel Barlow (1754–1812)

from The Hasty Pudding

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pp. 19-21

from The Columbiad

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pp. 22-23

James Abraham Hillhouse (1789–1841)

from The Judgment, A Vision

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pp. 24-25

from Sachem’s Wood

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pp. 26-43

Lydia Sigourney (1791–1865)

The Western Emigrant

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pp. 27-28

Death of an Infant

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pp. 29-46

The War-Spirit

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pp. 30-47

Indian Names

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pp. 31-32

Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811–1896)

The Old Psalm Tune

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pp. 33-34

Above

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pp. 35-36

The Miserere

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pp. 37-54

Henry Howard Brownell (1820–1872)

Suspiria Ensis

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pp. 38-41

A War Study

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pp. 42-59

All Together

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pp. 43-44

Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860–1935)

In Duty Bound

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pp. 45-62

To the Young Wife

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pp. 46-47

Anna Hempstead Branch (1875–1937)

Connecticut Road Song

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pp. 48-49

Inheritance

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pp. 50-67

First Letter

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pp. 51-68

Wallace Stevens (1879–1955)

Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird

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pp. 52-54

Of Hartford in a Purple Light

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pp. 55-72

from An Ordinary Evening in New Haven

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pp. 56-59

The Plain Sense of Things

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pp. 60-77

The River of Rivers in Connecticut

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pp. 61-78

Mark Van Doren (1894–1972)

Going Home

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pp. 62-79

The Unknown Army

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pp. 63-80

The Seven Sleepers

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pp. 64-81

Anger in the Room

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pp. 65-82

Robert Penn Warren (1905–1989)

Small White House

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pp. 66-83

Evening Hawk

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pp. 67-84

Rather Like a Dream

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pp. 68-85

Heart of Autumn

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pp. 69-86

Charles Olson (1910–1970)

from As the Dead Prey upon Us

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pp. 70-87

Variations Done for Gerald Van De Wiele

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pp. 71-74

James Laughlin (1914–1997)

Is Memory

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pp. 75-92

The Old Men

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pp. 76-93

from My Aunt

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pp. 77-78

What the Pencil Writes

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pp. 79-96

William Meredith (1919–2007)

The Open Sea

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pp. 80-97

The Wreck of the Thresher

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pp. 81-82

Winter Verse for His Sister

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pp. 83-100

Here and There

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pp. 84-85

Richard Wilbur (1921– )

In Trackless Woods

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pp. 86-103

In the Field

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pp. 87-89

Advice to a Prophet

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pp. 90-91

“A World Without Objects Is a Sensible Emptiness”

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pp. 92-109

The Beautiful Changes

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pp. 93-110

Hayden Carruth (1921–2008)

The Sound of Snow

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pp. 94-111

Stepping Backward

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pp. 95-112

The Mythology of Dark and Light

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pp. 96-101

James Merrill (1926–1995)

A Tenancy

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pp. 102-104

The Emerald

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pp. 105-106

The Victor Dog

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pp. 107-108

from Mirabell: Books of Number

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pp. 109-110

Dead Center

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pp. 111-128

F. D. Reeve (1928– )

Night River

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pp. 112-129

Identity Crisis

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pp. 113-114

Watersong

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pp. 115-132

what the cranes said

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pp. 116-133

Donald Hall (1928– )

Christmas Eve in Whitneyville

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pp. 117-118

White Apples

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pp. 119-136

Kicking the Leaves

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pp. 120-123

1943

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pp. 124-141

John Hollander (1929– )

An Old Song

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pp. 125-142

Pageant of the Cold

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pp. 126-143

That’s for Oblivion

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pp. 127-144

Collected Novels

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pp. 128-131

Adam’s Task

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pp. 132-149

Lewis Turco (1934– )

Ode on St. Cecilia’s Day 1964

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pp. 133-134

The Late, Late Show

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pp. 135-136

The Recurring Dream

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pp. 137-154

Wake Disturbing Surfaces

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pp. 138-155

Russell Edson (1935– )

A Chair

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pp. 139-156

A Stone Is Nobody’s

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pp. 140-157

The Ancestral Mousetrap

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pp. 141-158

The Ceremony

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pp. 142-159

The Matter

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pp. 143-160

Susan Howe (1937– )

Silence Wager Stories

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pp. 144-151

Brendan Galvin (1938– )

The Potatoes Have a Word to Say

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pp. 152-169

The Connecticut River in Flood

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pp. 153-154

from Wampanoag Traveler

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pp. 155-157

Dick Allen (1939– )

Another Knowledge

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pp. 158-159

On the New Haven Line

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pp. 160-177

To a Woman Half a World Away

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pp. 161-178

A Last Memory of Korea

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pp. 162-179

The Persistence

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pp. 163-164

George F. Butterick (1942–1988)

1970

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pp. 165-166

The Walker

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pp. 167-168

Gurleyville Road

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pp. 169-186

The Distances

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pp. 170-187

Doug Anderson (1943– )

First Blood

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pp. 171-188

History Blues

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pp. 172-189

The Oracle

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pp. 173-190

Crows

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pp. 174-175

Vivian Shipley (1943– )

Moonflower

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pp. 176-193

Digging Up Peonies

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pp. 177-194

Static Holds a Grudge

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pp. 178-195

Number Fifty-two: Winifred Benham, Hartford, Connecticut, October 7, 1697

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pp. 179-181

Margaret Gibson (1944– )

A Ripple of Deer, A Metamorphosis of Bear, A Metaphor of Mountains

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pp. 182-183

Elegy for a Dancer

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pp. 184-186

Icon

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pp. 187-188

Newspaper Photograph

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pp. 189-190

Gray Jacobik (1944– )

Skirts

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pp. 191-208

The Wooden Egg

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pp. 192-209

The Banquet

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pp. 193-210

Of Cos Cob in Snow

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pp. 194-211

J. D. McClatchy (1945– )

Late Autumn Walk

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pp. 195-196

The Bookcase

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pp. 197-214

E R

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pp. 198-200

Marilyn Nelson (1946– )

Churchgoing

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pp. 201-202

Sisters

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pp. 203-220

Juneteenth

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pp. 204-221

Psalm

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pp. 205-222

Charles O. Hartman (1949– )

Petting Zoo

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pp. 206-207

A Walk in Winter

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pp. 208-209

Tuxedo

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pp. 210-212

Chase Twichell (1950– )

Why All Good Music Is Sad

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pp. 213-214

The Paper River

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pp. 215-216

Savin Rock

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pp. 217-219

Rosanna Warren (1953– )

World Trade Center

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pp. 220-237

Snow

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pp. 221-238

Orchard

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pp. 222-223

Day Lilies

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pp. 224-241

Sophie Cabot Black (1958– )

Lost

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pp. 225-242

The Harrowing

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pp. 226-243

The Climb

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pp. 227-244

Threshold

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pp. 228-245

Stacy Doris (1962–2012)

from Knot

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pp. 229-231

from Cheerleader’s Guide to the World: Council Book

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pp. 232-249

Elizabeth Alexander (1962– )

Tina Green

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pp. 233-250

Ars Poetica #92: Marcus Garvey on Elocution

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pp. 234-251

Connecticut

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pp. 235-252

The Amistad Trail

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pp. 236-253

Richard Deming (1970– )

OH

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pp. 237-254

Wintering the Turn

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pp. 238-255

Annus Mirabilis

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pp. 239-256

Mise En Scene

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pp. 240-242

Gabrielle Calvocoressi (1974– )

The Death of Towns

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pp. 243-245

Late Twentieth Century in the Form of Litany

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pp. 246-248

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Final Note

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pp. 249-252

The comments, anecdotes, facts, and tidbits below are meant to enhance a reader’s experience of these poems without becoming intrusive. These annotations are far from exhaustive. They do not identify every reference, but rather provide some links between the poems or poets to things particularly Connecticut. ...

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About the Poets

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pp. 253-268

Elizabeth Alexander achieved international fame when she recited her poem “Praise Song for the Day” during the presidential inauguration ceremony for Barack Obama on January 20, 2009. Alexander received her bachelor’s degree at Yale University and is currently professor of African American Studies at Yale. ...

Publications and Credits

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pp. 269-272

Index of Titles

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pp. 273-274