Cover

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pp. 1-3

Title Page

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pp. 4-4

Copyright Page

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pp. 5-5

Dedication Page

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pp. 6-7

Table of Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Foreword

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pp. ix-xii

Driving through the Country before You Are Born is a wonderful book, and I am happy to award it first place in the South Carolina Poetry Initiative competition. These forty-six delicately constructed and beautifully descriptive brief poems are marked by an intensity of description and quiet thoughtfulness of voice. ...

Acknowledgments

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pp. xiii-xiv

Go

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pp. 1-18

Elm Street

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pp. 2-19

Black

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pp. 3-20

Burning Caterpillars

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pp. 4-5

When we Came Home

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pp. 6-23

Orientation

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pp. 7-24

Boogie Man

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pp. 8-10

Night Sweat

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pp. 11-28

Gridlock

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pp. 12-13

Perforated Ulcer

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pp. 14-31

Red Barn

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pp. 15-21

Mother,

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pp. 22-39

Bitch

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pp. 23-40

Negatives

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pp. 24-41

A Short History of the Movies

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pp. 25-29

Hush

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pp. 30-47

The Accident

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pp. 31-48

Under the Porch

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pp. 32-49

What we Left Behind

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pp. 33-34

Pavement

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pp. 35-36

Dragging the Lake

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pp. 37-54

Partitioned

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pp. 38-55

Shores

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pp. 39-40

Condensation

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pp. 41-42

Oceans

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pp. 43-60

Settlement

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pp. 44-61

Transcontinental

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pp. 45-62

Stumps

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pp. 46-63

Hatchery

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pp. 47-64

Jonah

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pp. 48-49

The Long way Home

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pp. 50-51

Fist

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pp. 52-69

Toilet

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pp. 53-70

At the End of the Day

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pp. 54-55

White

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pp. 56-73

Expansion

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pp. 57-74

Propulsion

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pp. 58-75

Main Street at Eighty

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pp. 59-76

Afterbirth

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pp. 60-61

Post Partum

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pp. 62-79

Exit Wound

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pp. 63-70

Anniversary in Manhattan

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pp. 71-88

Things to Tell My Son

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pp. 72-89

Before Drowning

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pp. 73-90

It’s Ok

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pp. 74-91

Driving through the Country before you are Born

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pp. 75-76