Cover

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Frontmatter

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Contents

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pp. vii-viii

Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

The Accomplice

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pp. 3-5

I. Somewhere Else We Have to Be

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pp. 7-30

This Poem Had Better Be about the World We Actually Live In

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pp. 9-11

No More Mail from Baltimore

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p. 12

So Much Gone and Going

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pp. 13-16

The Flamingos Have Left the Building

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pp. 17-18

In My Dream, Coleman Hawkins

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p. 19

Goodbye to the Blockhead

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pp. 20-23

The Only Time There Is

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pp. 24-25

All Night and Always

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pp. 26-28

The All-Dressed-Up-and-Going-Nowhere Ghosts

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pp. 29-36

II. Untold Days on Earth

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pp. 37-66

Uncle Bud, Unshaken in the Wake of Sputnik : October 1957

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pp. 39-42

Home Movies of the Space Race

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pp. 43-51

Not Exactly Rocket Science

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pp. 52-54

The Lunar Sympathizers

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pp. 55-58

A Brief History of the Moon in Twentieth-Century Song, and Then Some

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pp. 59-66

III. A Lifetime of Parts & Labor, Guaranteed

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pp. 67-97

A Pocket Guide to Trouble

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pp. 69-81

The Perfect Stranger

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pp. 82-84

Maybe Just One Poem in This Fecund Spring Where Patricia Doesn't Suddenly Appear, Waylaying Whatever It Was I Must Have Had in Mind

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p. 85

Danse Clewellia, or: Is There a Doctor in the House?

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pp. 86-87

Meanwhile, Back at the Typewriter, I'm Hoping for a Greater Acceptance

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pp. 88-89

How the Visiting Poet Ended Up in the Abandoned Nike Missile Silo in Pacific, Missouri, after Surviving a Morning of Grade-School Classroom Appearances on Behalf of One of the Better Impulses in the History of Human Behavior

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pp. 90-94

Albert Einstein Held Me in His Arms

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pp. 95-97

IV. Jack Ruby's America

i. Jack Ruby Orders the Chicken Salad: November 21, 1963

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pp. 101-102

ii. The Chicago Cowboy

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pp. 103-110

iii. Jack Ruby Talks Business with the New Girl: November 21, 1963

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pp. 111-112

iv. The Difference a Day Makes

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pp. 113-127

v. Jack Ruby Spends His Last New Year's Eve with His Sister, Telling the Truth as He Knows It: Parkland Hospital, December 31, 1966

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pp. 128-131