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All of You on the Good Earth
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These poems contain fasts and feasts, laments and love songs, histories, fantasies, and elegies, the amusing and heartbreaking debris of life on this world, all the while recalling Seneca's dictum, non est ad astra mollis e terris via ("the road from the earth to the stars is not easy").

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. 9-12
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  1. Ad Astra
  2. pp. 13-14
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  1. Epigraph
  2. pp. 15-16
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  1. Section I. Prelude
  2. pp. 17-18
  1. Dusk in the Ruins
  2. pp. 19-20
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  1. Section II. Sieges and Flights
  2. pp. 21-22
  1. Sailing the Mullica River (Great Bay Estuary) 1978
  2. pp. 23-23
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  1. Ashore
  2. pp. 24-24
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  1. Drift
  2. pp. 25-25
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  1. Kalypso
  2. pp. 26-26
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  1. pp. 27-27
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  1. The Fast
  2. pp. 28-28
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  1. Levavi Oculos
  2. pp. 29-29
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  1. Nights of 1998
  2. pp. 30-30
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  1. City-Scape Gentlemen’s Club, Queens
  2. pp. 31-31
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  1. Dinner Flushed Down the Toilet
  2. pp. 32-32
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  1. Gravedigger’s Song
  2. pp. 33-34
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  1. Section III. Monsters
  2. pp. 35-36
  1. Sunrise with Sea Monsters
  2. pp. 37-37
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  1. Panthera
  2. pp. 38-38
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  1. Goddess in the Shape of a Bird
  2. pp. 39-39
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  1. Dusk in a Crowded Train Compartment, Regretting My Life
  2. pp. 40-40
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  1. 4 a.m. Cab Ride
  2. pp. 41-41
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  1. Outsider Art
  2. pp. 42-42
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  1. “PAST PRESENT FUTURE”
  2. pp. 43-43
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  1. Gratitude
  2. pp. 44-44
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  1. Stargazer Lilies
  2. pp. 45-45
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  1. Green Line, West Philadelphia
  2. pp. 46-46
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  1. An Aging Drunk Observes the Blizzard
  2. pp. 47-48
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  1. Section IV. From Grub Street to the Brill Building
  2. pp. 49-50
  1. Times Literary Supplement
  2. pp. 51-51
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  1. Cover to Cover
  2. pp. 52-52
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  1. Enemies and Co.
  2. pp. 53-53
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  1. For____________
  2. pp. 54-54
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  1. Seneca at the Baths
  2. pp. 55-55
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  1. Rakewell in TriBeCa
  2. pp. 56-56
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  1. All of You on the Good Earth
  2. pp. 57-57
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  1. Harmonia Sacra
  2. pp. 58-58
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  1. Soprano’s Lament
  2. pp. 59-60
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  1. Section V. Minor Considerations
  2. pp. 61-62
  1. The Envelope, Please
  2. pp. 63-63
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  1. Sportsmanship
  2. pp. 64-64
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  1. Why Must We Love?
  2. pp. 65-65
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  1. A Legend about Cats
  2. pp. 66-66
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  1. Reading the Runes
  2. pp. 67-67
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  1. “Good Taste Is the Excuse I’ve Always Given”
  2. pp. 68-68
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  1. At the Archaeological Institute of America's Annual Meeting
  2. pp. 69-70
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  1. Section VI. To the Dark Suburbs and Home Again
  2. pp. 71-72
  1. Routes
  2. pp. 73-73
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  1. Drop Out
  2. pp. 74-74
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  1. Pirates
  2. pp. 75-75
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  1. Man’s Home, His Castle
  2. pp. 76-76
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  1. Dredge
  2. pp. 77-77
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  1. Home Security
  2. pp. 78-78
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  1. Waiting for the Stray
  2. pp. 79-79
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  1. Victorian
  2. pp. 80-80
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  1. While You Were Out
  2. pp. 81-81
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  1. Dog Days (Caniculares Dies)
  2. pp. 82-82
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  1. City on a Hill
  2. pp. 83-83
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  1. Simple Instructions
  2. pp. 84-84
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  1. Meteorology
  2. pp. 85-85
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  1. Bitter Beginning
  2. pp. 86-86
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  1. Bonehead
  2. pp. 87-87
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  1. Suburban
  2. pp. 88-88
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  1. Section VII. Cold Wars and Hot
  2. pp. 89-90
  1. Of Empires
  2. pp. 91-91
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  1. Ie Shima, April 18th, 1945
  2. pp. 92-92
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  1. On Boarding a Soviet Attack Submarine
  2. pp. 93-93
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  1. “Let Me Live and I Will Give You an Empire”
  2. pp. 94-94
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  1. Wife of the Zeppelin Scientist
  2. pp. 95-95
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  1. About the Author
  2. pp. 96-96
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