Cover

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pp. 1-7

Contents

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pp. vii-x

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Foreword

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pp. xi-xiv

In “Her Best Note,” one of the early poems in this splendid book, Susan Meyers evokes Maria Callas: “her voice so rich I almost lean / too far and fall / but I’m caught.” Indeed we too “almost lean too far and fall,” coaxed by the music and emotion of these elegiac poems. ...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xv-xvi

Grateful acknowledgment is made to the editors of the following publications in which these poems first appeared, some in slightly different versions: ...

Trying to Get It Right

Contraries

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pp. 3-20

Your Mother Forbids You to Leave the Yard

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pp. 4-5

That Year

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pp. 6-7

Ghazal of the Past

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pp. 8-25

Late One Friday Afternoon

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pp. 9-10

A Good Idea

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pp. 11-12

Primary Lessons

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pp. 13-30

Trying to Get It Right

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pp. 14-31

Sorry

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pp. 15-16

Her Best Note

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pp. 17-34

Cradle and All

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pp. 18-35

Washing the Breakfast Dishes, I Decide

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pp. 19-36

Villanelle for Gertrude Stein

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pp. 20-37

Alterations

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pp. 21-38

Mother, Washing Dishes

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pp. 22-39

October Song

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pp. 23-40

My Mother, Her Mornings

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pp. 24-26

Daughter

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pp. 27-28

Need Has Nothing to Do with It

An Early Spring Morning of My Mother’s Decline

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pp. 31-48

Selling My Mother’s House

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pp. 32-33

Her Porch, Her Yard

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pp. 34-51

October, What the Mountains Say

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pp. 35-52

Still Water

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pp. 36-53

Something Green, for My Mother

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pp. 37-54

Weather

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pp. 38-39

Someone Near Is Dying

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pp. 40-41

Prayer

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pp. 42-59

Cavities

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pp. 43-44

Emergency Room

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pp. 45-62

Fifty-four Days

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pp. 46-47

Breath

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pp. 48-49

Sweetgum in January

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pp. 50-51

What the Season Has Come To

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pp. 52-69

Hat of Many Goldfinches

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pp. 53-54

Small Bones of Contention

A Counting

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pp. 57-74

Morning Song

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pp. 58-75

Guitar

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pp. 59-76

The One Place

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pp. 60-61

The Catch

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pp. 62-63

Key West Elegy

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pp. 64-81

Shelling: Ars Poetica

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pp. 65-66

Fisher’s Luck

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pp. 67-84

Fishing the Edisto

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pp. 68-70

Awaiting My Brother’s Pathology Report, My Husband and I Take to the River

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pp. 71-72

Koi

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pp. 73-90

Out in the Cold with the Crows

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pp. 74-75

Counting on the Slightest Chance

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pp. 76-93

Small Bones of Contention

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pp. 77-94

How the Living Worry

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pp. 78-95

Our Manifold Sins

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pp. 79-80

Love Poem Gone Astray

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pp. 81-82

Planting, the Second Year

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pp. 83-84

The Wheelbarrower

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pp. 85-102

Neither the Season, Nor the Place

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pp. 86-103

Keep and Give Away

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pp. 87-88