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Acknowledgments

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p. vii

Enormous thanks to Mark Doty, the National Poetry Series, and everyone at the University of Illinois Press for making this book possible, with unfathomable gratitude to the following private sponsors of this book, whose extraordinary contributions made possible the inclusion of the...

Contents

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The Smallest Plant

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p. xii

I

The Floor-Creatures Begin

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pp. 3-4

Song Cycle

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pp. 5-6

Amaryllis

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p. 7

The Sleepers

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pp. 8-9

Vespers

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p. 10

And on the Seventh Day

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pp. 11-12

(A) Version

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p. 13

A Palimpsest of the Tasks

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pp. 14-15

Still-Life with Interior

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p. 16

And of the Words Afterwards

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p. 17

II

Envelopes of Sky

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pp. 21-22

Like a Near Fold

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pp. 23-24

Sublimation Attempt

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pp. 25-26

Solstice

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p. 27

Where Are They Now, Unwilling Friends

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pp. 28-29

The Word

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pp. 30-31

Or Portals to Another World

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pp. 32-42

III

The Lonely Animal

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pp. 45-46

Dear Lonely Animal [Please share my Korean food with me]

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pp. 47-48

Dear Lonely Animal [Last night I wanted nachos again]

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pp. 49-51

Dear Lonely Animal [I miss you. The other animals]

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pp. 52-53

Dear Lonely Animal [Let’s have a collection competition]

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pp. 54-56

Dear Lonely Animal [Sometimes I could just]

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pp. 57-59

Dear Lonely Animal [I’m writing to you from the loneliest, most]

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pp. 60-61

IV

Text Message

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pp. 65-66

The Practice

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pp. 67-68

That’s Enough, Mr. Butterfly

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pp. 69-70

The Return

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pp. 71-72

A Hood Is Like an Ancient Chalice

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pp. 73-74

Maroon Canoe

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pp. 75-76

Today Mr. Rufo

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p. 77

The Bells

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pp. 78-79

Spring

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pp. 80-81

V. The Mandrake Vehicles

Note on the Mandrake Form

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pp. 85-87

[Mandrake Vehicle 1]

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pp. 88-94

[Mandrake Vehicle 2]

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pp. 95-101

[Mandrake Vehicle 3]

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pp. 102-108

About the Author

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p. 109