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pp. 10-11

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-xiii

Many thanks to the editors of the following journals in which many of these poems appeared, at times in slightly different form: ...

The Poet Behind the Wheel

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pp. 3-18

Approaching Baltimore

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pp. 4-5

Eastside Alphabetics

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pp. 6-21

Crying Man with Broom

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pp. 7-22

Gospel

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pp. 8-23

Sonnet: LeatherBoy

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pp. 9-24

The Poets at the Ball Game

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pp. 10-25

Baltimore Uproar by Romare Bearden

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pp. 11-26

Reunion

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pp. 12-27

Song for My Father

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pp. 13-28

While the Quartet Plays “Body and Soul”

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pp. 14-15

My People

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pp. 16-31

The Star

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pp. 17-32

Dream of My Cousin’s Wedding

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pp. 18-33

The Lost Boys: A Requiem

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pp. 19-20

Notes Toward a Poem About Love

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pp. 21-36

Who I Think You Are

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pp. 22-37

Atlantic City

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pp. 23-24

Cuerpo de hombre

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pp. 25-40

The Man with My Name

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pp. 26-27

No Admittance

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pp. 28-43

Trailer Park Self-Portrait

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pp. 29-44

Magicians

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pp. 30-45

What Are You?

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pp. 31-46

Travel Journal

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pp. 32-33

The Secret of Our Success

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pp. 34-49

The City Without You

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pp. 35-37

Poem Based on a Line by Forman

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pp. 38-53

Out of Town

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pp. 39-54

The Spinning Song

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pp. 40-41

Bluetopia

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pp. 42-57

Among the Players

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pp. 43-58

Sunday Brunch

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pp. 44-45

Colonnade Shop, Havana

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pp. 46-61

Deya

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pp. 47-48

New Rules of the Road

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pp. 49-50

On the Road

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pp. 51-52

Captain Blackman

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pp. 53-55

Retreat Postcards

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pp. 56-57

Nom de Plume

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pp. 58-73

Marvin Gaye Sings “The Star-Spangled Banner”

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pp. 59-60

Packing

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pp. 61-78