Cover

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pp. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 2-5

Contents

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pp. v-viii

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Foreword

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pp. ix-xii

The role of the poet is not just to tell but to imagine—then illumine. The role of the poet is not just to bear witness—never to preach—but make us see, remember, recall, reach, open up both doors of the universe. The title, and first image, owls, this ancient holy bird of the world, this great symbol of knowledge and of warning, holds sway throughout this...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xiii-15

I would like to thank Scott Gould and Fred Dings, my M.F.A. workshops at the University of South Carolina, and the Prague Summer Program. Special thanks are owed to Susan Brownlee, Robin Caine, Amy Wilson-Stayton, Julia Callander, Adriana Ru valcaba, Robin Phillips, Anne Fishwick, Lindsay Dukes, Darien Cavanaugh...

I

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pp. 1-17

Paper Birds

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pp. 3-18

Woman Drawn with Stars

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pp. 4-19

Shrug of Broken Egg, Frozen Shell

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pp. 5-20

Fruit in Bed

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pp. 6-21

White on the Fence

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pp. 7-22

Apples and Aristophanes

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pp. 8-23

Blue Hour

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pp. 9-24

The Sweet of Strawberries

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pp. 10-25

When loss leans like a broken tree

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pp. 11-26

Gift to a Girl in Phoenix

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pp. 12-13

Above the Floor

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pp. 14-29

Bruise

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pp. 15-30

Wanderings

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pp. 16-31

Wide-Eyed and Song

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pp. 17-18

II

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pp. 19-35

Gentle Corners of the Night

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pp. 21-36

About Boats

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pp. 22-37

Beauty Secrets

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pp. 23-38

Lantern Bloom

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pp. 24-39

Boxes of Old Photographs

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pp. 25-40

Possums

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pp. 26-41

Parking Lot Market

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pp. 27-42

Oconee Bells

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pp. 28-43

Curve of the Belly

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pp. 29-44

Moth and Moon

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pp. 30-45

A History of Hair

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pp. 31-46

Sun would catch

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pp. 32-47

III

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pp. 33-49

Calico Street

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pp. 35-50

After It’s Over

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pp. 36-51

For Julia in Little Armenia

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pp. 37-52

Octave

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pp. 38-53

Early Psalm

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pp. 39-54

Buttered Toast

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pp. 40-55

Plaster Dust

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pp. 41-56

Hold Like Owls

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pp. 42-57

Even Haystacks

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pp. 43-58

One Afternoon

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pp. 44-59

My Quixote

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pp. 45-60

Losing Noon

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pp. 46-61

When It Starts to Rain in San Francisco

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pp. 47-63

IV

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pp. 49-65

As Far as March

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pp. 51-66

Hidden There

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pp. 52-67

Joy, the Elephant, Greenville Zoo, 1990

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pp. 53-68

Counting Pelicans

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pp. 54-69

Encounters with Buzzards

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pp. 55-70

December Hemlock

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pp. 56-71

Blue House on Wheat Street

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pp. 57-72

Larks at Dawn

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pp. 58-73

Kume and the Washerwoman

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pp. 59-62

Painting on Silk

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pp. 63-78

Ruin

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pp. 64-79