Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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Preface

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pp. 6-6

I first discovered Jack Butler in Leon Stokesbury’s The Made Thing: A Contemporary Anthology of Southern Poetry, the text that forced me into the realization that I wanted to write poetry. I stole the book from the S.C. Governor’s School for the Arts in 1996, not out of malice or mischief or even absentmindedness. I took it out of simple necessity, ...

Gyroscope

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Grandfather Song

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pp. 9-9

Preserves

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Homage to the First Geometer

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After John Wink Tells Me How He Would Like to Write a Villanelle on Jesus, A Villanelle on Lynnice, and a Villanelle on Desire, I Am Seized with a Vision of Blessed Order, and Steal His Subjects

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Subplot

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pp. 14-15

The Werewolf

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pp. 16-18

So I Went to the Ant

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Out of the Ghetto of Angels

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pp. 21-21

No News at All

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pp. 22-22

The Ant-Hill

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pp. 23-24

Sunday Spider

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pp. 25-25

Timber Rattler

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pp. 26-26

Under the Fingernail Moon

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pp. 27-28

The Kid Who Wanted to Be a Spaceman

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pp. 29-31

Not Quite Like Son

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pp. 32-32

Green Fire

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pp. 33-33

Two-Part Descent

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pp. 34-34

The Buzzard

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pp. 35-36

Concerto for Walleyed Weary Woman

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pp. 37-38

Blues for Lynnika at Two

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pp. 39-39

The Mantis

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pp. 40-40

Wild Orders

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pp. 41-41

Geese

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pp. 42-42

Apology for Hope

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pp. 43-44

The Pain that Vision Cannot Heal

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pp. 45-45

One Reason for Stars

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pp. 46-46

A Song for Easter

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pp. 47-48

The Return

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pp. 49-49

On Fire for the Lord

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pp. 50-50

Practice

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pp. 51-51

Lights Out

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pp. 52-52

The Binomial Theorem of Hope

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pp. 53-53

The Theory of the Rose

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pp. 54-54

The Old One

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pp. 55-55

. . . And Love to the Air It Resembles

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pp. 56-56

Mr. Entropy Meets the Weak Antropic Principle

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pp. 57-57

The Interstellar Tourist Shows His Slides

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pp. 58-58

Solomon in His Wisdom

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pp. 59-66

The Changing of Vision with Time

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pp. 67-68

Paradise Is a Hard Gig

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pp. 69-70

The Constancy of Existence

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pp. 71-72

The Spider at the Bottom of the Bottle

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pp. 73-73

You Wax Sausage Apparatus after Rain and Shade

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pp. 74-74

The Practice

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pp. 75-75

Youth Is a Passage, Aging’s the Play

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pp. 76-78