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New and Selected Poems, 1957-2011
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New and Selected Poems: 1957 - 2011 is culled from Robert Sward's newest and best works, including both previously unpublished poems and selections from his 20+ books of poetry. It is the definitive Sward collection, exhibiting throughout his signature style: outwardly zany and fanciful, but inwardly serious, troubled, and questioning. They cover the territory Sward has tread so well—love, divorce, multiple marriage, aging, loss, and the challenge of bringing up children in a highly unstable world—in his lifelong search for the liberating illumination of IT.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright, Acknowledgments, Dedication
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  1. Contents
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  1. An Introduction to Robert Sward
  2. pp. 15-17
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  1. Author's Note
  2. p. 19
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  1. From Uncle Dog & Other Poems, 1962
  2. p. 23
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  1. Uncle Dog: The Poet at 9
  2. pp. 25-26
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  1. The Kite
  2. p. 27
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  1. Dodo
  2. pp. 28-29
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  1. Hello Poem
  2. pp. 30-31
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  1. From Kissing the Dancer & Other Poems, 1964
  2. pp. 33-34
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  1. Kissing the Dancer
  2. pp. 35-36
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  1. Marriage
  2. p. 37
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  1. Chicago's Waldheim Cemetery
  2. p. 38
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  1. Scenes from a Text
  2. p. 39
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  1. Nightgown, Wife's Gown
  2. p. 40
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  1. Socrates at the Symposium (Sonnet for Two Voices)
  2. p. 41
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  1. All for a Day
  2. p. 42
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  1. From Thousand-Year-Old Fiancée & Other Poems, 1965
  2. p. 43
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  1. Movies: Left to Right
  2. pp. 45-46
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  1. Thousand-Year-Old Fiancee
  2. pp. 47-48
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  1. Report from the Front
  2. p. 49
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  1. Iowa
  2. p. 50
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  1. Iowa Writers' Workshop - 1958
  2. pp. 51-53
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  1. Honey Bear
  2. pp. 54-55
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  1. Blind Poet
  2. pp. 56-57
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  1. Mr. Amnesia
  2. pp. 58-60
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  1. Yaddo
  2. pp. 61-62
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  1. Personal Stress Assessment
  2. p. 63
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  1. Post-Modern
  2. pp. 64-65
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  1. From Half a Life's History, 1983
  2. p. 67
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  1. Scarf Gobble Wallow Inventory
  2. pp. 69-70
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  1. Statement of Poetics, or Goodbye to Myself
  2. pp. 71-73
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  1. From Poet Santa Cruz, 1985
  2. p. 75
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  1. Ode to Santa Cruz
  2. pp. 77-78
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  1. Castroville, California - A Sonnet
  2. p. 79
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  1. From Four Incarnations, 1991
  2. p. 81
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  1. Four Incarnations
  2. pp. 83-87
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  1. Clancy the Dog
  2. p. 88
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  1. Scarlet the Parrot
  2. pp. 89-91
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  1. Alfa the Dog
  2. pp. 92-93
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  1. Basketball's the American Game Because it's Hysterical
  2. pp. 94-95
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  1. On My Way to the Korean War
  2. pp. 96-98
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  1. 1950s / 1960s
  2. pp. 99-103
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  1. Ode to Torpor
  2. p. 104
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  1. Sausalito Ferry Poem
  2. p. 105
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  1. For Gloria on Her 60th Birthday, or Looking for Love in Merriam-Webster
  2. pp. 106-107
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  1. Hannah
  2. p. 108
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  1. Portrait of an L.A. Daughter
  2. pp. 109-111
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  1. Water Breather
  2. pp. 112-119
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  1. Fashion Makes the Heart Grow Fonder
  2. pp. 120-122
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  1. My Muse
  2. pp. 123-124
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  1. One for the Road
  2. p. 125
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  1. Turning 60
  2. pp. 126-128
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  1. From God is in the Cracks, 2006
  2. p. 129
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  1. Son of the Commandment
  2. pp. 131-132
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  1. A Prayer for My Mother
  2. pp. 133-143
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  1. Rosicrucian in the Basement
  2. pp. 144-149
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  1. Heavenly Sex
  2. pp. 150-151
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  1. Wedding #2
  2. pp. 152-155
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  1. New Poems: Good News from the Other World
  2. p. 157
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  1. One-Stop Foot Shop
  2. pp. 159-160
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  1. He Takes Me Back as a Patient
  2. p. 161
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  1. Good News from the Other World
  2. pp. 162-163
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  1. Arch Supports - The Fitting
  2. pp. 164-165
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  1. God is in the Cracks
  2. pp. 166-167
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  1. New Poems: A Man Needs a Place to Stand
  2. p. 169
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  1. A Man Needs a Place to Stand
  2. p. 171
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  1. Life is Its Own Afterlife
  2. pp. 172-173
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  1. From Beyond the Grave, the Podiatrist Counsels His Son on Prayer
  2. pp. 174-175
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  1. This is a Father
  2. p. 176
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  1. Online with the "Urban Dictionary"
  2. pp. 177-178
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  1. The Astronomer, a Universe for Beginners
  2. pp. 179-180
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  1. The World According to Shelby
  2. pp. 181-182
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  1. In a World of No
  2. pp. 183-184
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  1. Laika, Dog Astronaut
  2. p. 185
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  1. Inter-Species Healing, a Specialty
  2. pp. 186-187
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  1. Gimme Your Paw
  2. pp. 188-189
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  1. Companion Animals
  2. pp. 190-192
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  1. Dr. Sward's Cure for Melancholia
  2. pp. 193-194
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  1. A Face to Sadden God
  2. pp. 195-196
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  1. In Heaven, Too, There are Jews
  2. p. 197
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  1. The World is Broken
  2. p. 198
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  1. Surviving Death
  2. p. 199
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  1. Soul Retrieval
  2. p. 200
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  1. Appendix
  2. pp. 201-202
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  1. Biographical Note
  2. p. 208
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