Cover

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pp. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright, Foreword, Acknowledgements

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pp. 2-21

Table of Contents

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pp. 9-23

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Intro

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pp. 11-12

When EKB came face to face with the unimaginable news 26 May that his wife Doris Monica was terminally ill he started an ms diary which he kept helplessly & spasmodically until she died on her birthday 7 September after which to the...

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The Second K'un

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pp. 13-14

The first line, divided, shows its subject with bare buttocks straitened under the stump of a tree. He enters a dark valley, and for three years has no prospect (of deliverance) The second line, undivided, shows its subject straitened amidst the wine and viands, There comes...

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I. Irish Town 1

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pp. 15-34

...The Third Day after the News. It is five in the early morning, end of May, the month of my birthday* Dawn light about to come. Bird caUs thru the rain [This was the time of the ~ flood-rains that claim ed a dozen lives in Jamaica 6 $miUions in property dam age. We could...

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II. Irish Town 2

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pp. 35-54

Mary hapes far a miracl.. But there is na such thing as 'hapeful error' in scientific medicine. But I went along wi her until this morning when I woke up with my mind at the deathbed (or nearly) & dlen coming back up here alone & wondering what to do w' her clothes & imagining...

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III. Mona

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pp. 55-80

[Sad lovely Sunday, quiet here on campus at Mary's old wooden house, w' bright sun & some wind. But it is the quiet that I love. Reminds me of Mile & Quarter days. Today is her birthday. 60 years!! No one will ever believe that! Looking...

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IV. Middle Passages

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pp. 81-104

Tonight - at midnight just before midnight) Me~can died - peacefully, thank God I was not there Had gone to Irish Tn to finish Jab Music 6 her Bibliography It seems that around 10 o'clock she woke up 6 asked to sit in a chair. Her breathing, which Mary had said she...

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V. Letter to Zea Mexican

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pp. 105-124

Tomorrow afternoon I'll see yr face for the last time see you for the last last time I really can't imagine that, you know From the very first I saw you I knew . I was certain. And I have always been secure w' you. Standing near to you at Mother's funeral when I didn't...

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VI. Ayama's Letter

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pp. 125-142

...[But she did not, my love. The circle knew its curve, was coming round w/ verve & confidence & the 'completion' was it seemed another thirty years away. The tragedy for me & if you will allow what some people will call 'arrogance' - 'what right have you to arrogate such high importance...

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VII. 'The working Muses...'

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pp. 143-154

I twas AJS, [then over 70] & himself married to Elma for 45 yrs] who best, as poet to poet, spoke to me about the meaning of the loss of the poet's wife & the threat...

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VIII. This obeia business

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pp. 155-168

What worries me right now is the oppression of soul that I feel when I go up to Irish Tn Which is why I have cried out for company Someone to share the space to tell me it is my imagination. Insanaliy & Cynthia (& they both...

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IX. Letters to Mary Morgan

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pp. 169-186

In all cultures, in this day & age, I shd have thought, there are ceritain customs connected wI family SUPPORT & community SUPPORT & LIFE! not DEATH support! helping towards the light if not ensuring continuity and making it possible, surely, for the blood to flow again thru...

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X. Epigraph

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pp. 187-192

takes one look at this irie dahta of Guyana then visiting Barbados April 1960 and married her by May. She trekked with me to Ghana of that year, whirling, I remember well, in a blizzard of golden bees near Navrongo: dash-way the head tie, a passing herdsman yelled: the cloth around her head was damp with moisture in that desert; the thirsty buzzings needed itl climbing the sun/day...

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XI. The Tulip Tree

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pp. 193-208

...The tree planting (there were some scares &; breakdown hitches) after all went well, thank God. Started off, as you might xpect, feeling v upset Went first for the poor tree which had languished all night in the cold (one of the problems/hitches) then passed for Bev who said vite Miss Mac which put a further ...

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XII. The Awakening

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pp. 209-214

One late afternoon I drove Aunt May & Dream Chad up to HardWir Gap & the Park up there Looking across from W1.ere ~ ~re there WiS a valley & beyond that on the same level...

Other Works in the Series

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pp. 217-231