Cover

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Frontmatter

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Contents

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pp. 8-13

I.

Taxonomy

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pp. 3-4

Perspective

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pp. 5-18

A Consideration of the Word “Home”

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pp. 6-19

Consciousness: An Assay

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pp. 7-8

Dona Nobis Pacem

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pp. 9-22

Seeing Things

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pp. 10-23

The Consolation of Wind

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pp. 11-24

Limbo

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pp. 12-25

Deer Dreaming Me

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pp. 13-26

Imago Dei

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pp. 14-15

Midrash

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pp. 16-17

A Mennonite in the Garden

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pp. 18-19

Fishing for Large Mouth in a Strip-Mining Reclamation Pond near Lloydsville, Pennsylvania

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pp. 20-33

What Lives in the Wake of Our Sleep

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pp. 21-34

Two Sounds after an October Storm

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pp. 22-35

Resurrection: A Field Note

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pp. 23-36

Morning Poem

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pp. 24-37

The Knowledge of the Lord

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pp. 25-38

The Gospel of Beauty

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pp. 26-39

Brushwolf

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pp. 27-28

Vigil

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pp. 29-42

Letter to Dave B. with May’s Insatiable Hunger Tagging Along

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pp. 30-43

Upon Looking Down onto the Top of Your Head Where the Hair Has Gone White

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pp. 31-44

Atrial Fibrillation

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pp. 32-45

What We Do while We’re Dying

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pp. 33-46

Begging Bowl

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pp. 34-47

Nurse Log

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pp. 35-36

Thinking of Li Po while Fishing the Little J

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pp. 37-50

What I Told My Sons aft er My Father Died

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pp. 38-39

II.

Thoreau Casts a Line in the Merrimack

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pp. 43-56

Thoreau Hears the Last Warbler at the End of September

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pp. 44-57

Dreaming the Dark Smell of Bear

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pp. 45-58

Thoreau Considers a Stone

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pp. 46-59

Emptying the Bedpan

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pp. 47-60

Give Us Th is Day

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pp. 48-61

Psalm Written the Last Week of December

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pp. 49-62

Thoreau Dreams of Margaret Fuller Three Days after Her Death

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pp. 50-63

In the Clear-cut

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pp. 51-64

The Virtues of Indolence

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pp. 52-65

Offering, as One Example, the Satisfaction of the Bee

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pp. 53-66

Thoreau Surveys the Ice

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pp. 54-67

In the Kingdom of the Ditch

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pp. 55-68

Heaven Come Flying

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pp. 56-69

Thoreau, in Death

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pp. 57-70

Consecrated

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pp. 58-71

III.

Not Writing, Then Writing Again

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pp. 61-74

Hermetic

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pp. 62-75

Hawks Flying

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pp. 63-76

When the Body Is Absent

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pp. 64-77

Coal

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pp. 65-78

Three Songs for Flannery O’Connor

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pp. 66-68

Theophany

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pp. 69-82

Ordinary Time

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pp. 70-83

Spring Melt

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pp. 71-84

The Sound of Sunlight

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pp. 72-73

Letter to Dave B. from the Karen Noonan Center on the Chesapeake Bay

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pp. 74-87

Last of the Sea

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pp. 75-88

Missing Boy

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pp. 76-89

Apophatic

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pp. 77-90

Most of What Is Written Is Simply Grief

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pp. 78-91

Heliotropic

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pp. 79-92

The Poet Stumbles upon a Buddha in Gamelands 158 above Tipton, Pennsylvania

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pp. 80-93

Crow Counsels Me in the Ways of Love

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pp. 81-94

Deposition

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pp. 82-83

Perigee

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pp. 84-97

Somnambulance

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pp. 85-98

Transfiguration

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pp. 86-87

Last Bones of Winter

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pp. 88-101

Umbilical

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pp. 89-102

Poem on the Anniversary of My Father’s Diagnosis with Pancreatic Cancer

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pp. 90-103

A Prayer for My Sons, after a Line of Reported Conversation by the Poet William Blake to a Child Seated Next to Him at a Dinner Party

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pp. 91-104

Meditation on Hunger at 2 a.m.

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pp. 92-105

I’ll Catch You Up

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pp. 93-107

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 95-97

My thanks to the editors of the following journals or publications in which these poems first appeared, sometimes in different form. ...

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About the Author

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pp. 113-113

Todd Davis is the author of four full-length collections of poetry—In the Kingdom of the Ditch, Th e Least of These, Some Heaven, and Ripe— as well as of a limited edition chapbook, Household of Water, Moon, and Snow: The Thoreau Poems. He edited the nonfiction collection, ...