Cover

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pp. 1-1

Title Page, Series Page, Copyright

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pp. 2-5

Contents

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pp. v-x

I. from The Lost Pilot (1967)

Manna

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pp. 3-14

The Book of Lies

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pp. 4-15

Coming Down Cleveland Avenue

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pp. 5-16

Reapers of the Water

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pp. 6-7

Epithalamion for Tyler

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pp. 8-19

For Mother on Father's Day

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pp. 9-20

In a Town for Which I Know No Name

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pp. 10-21

Success Comes to Cow Creek

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pp. 11-12

Why I Will Not Get Out of Bed

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pp. 13-24

Graveside

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pp. 14-25

The Lost Pilot

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pp. 15-16

Intimidations of an Autobiography

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pp. 17-18

The End of the Line

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pp. 19-30

The Move

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pp. 20-31

Flight

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pp. 21-32

Grace

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pp. 22-33

The Last Days of April

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pp. 23-34

Uncle

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pp. 24-35

How the Friends Met

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pp. 25-36

Tragedy Comes to the Bad Lands

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pp. 26-37

Aunt Edna

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pp. 27-38

Rescue

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pp. 28-39

The Mirror

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pp. 29-40

The Tabernacle

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pp. 30-31

Late Harvest

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pp. 32-43

Today I Am Falling

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pp. 33-34

II. from The Oblivion Ha-Ha (1970)

Poem (High in Hollywood Hills a door opens)

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pp. 37-48

Rape in the Engineering Building

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pp. 38-49

The Blue Booby

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pp. 39-40

The Pet Deer

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pp. 41-52

Up Here

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pp. 42-53

Prose Poem

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pp. 43-54

Coda

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pp. 44-55

The Tryst

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pp. 45-56

Pity Ascending with the Fog

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pp. 46-57

Pride's Crossing

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pp. 47-58

The Indian Undertaker

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pp. 48-59

The Initiation

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pp. 49-60

Consumed

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pp. 50-61

Shadowboxing

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pp. 51-62

Images of Little Compton, Rhode Island

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pp. 52-63

From the Hole

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pp. 53-64

The Trap

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pp. 54-65

Twilight Sustenance Hiatus

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pp. 55-66

The Wheelchair Butterfly

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pp. 56-57

It's Not the Heat So Much as the Humidity

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pp. 58-59

The Eagle Exterminating Company

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pp. 60-71

The President Slumming

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pp. 61-72

Failed Tribute to the Stonemason of Tor House, Robinson Jeffers

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pp. 62-63

Conjuring Roethke

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pp. 64-75

Dear Reader

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pp. 65-66

III. from Hints to Pilgrims (1971)

Recipe for Sleep

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pp. 69-80

Brother of the Unknown Ancient Man

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pp. 70-81

When the Nomads Come Over the Hill

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pp. 71-82

Poem (A silence that tunnels forever)

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pp. 72-83

I Take Back All My Kisses

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pp. 73-74

Frivolous Blind Death Child

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pp. 75-86

Alternatives

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pp. 76-78

Amnesia People

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pp. 79-87

Fuck the Astronauts

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pp. 88-89

Lewis and Clark Overheard in Conversation

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pp. 90-101

IV. from Absences (1972)

Contagion

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pp. 93-104

Breathing

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pp. 94-95

The Distant Orgasm

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pp. 96-98

The Private Intrigue of Melancholy

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pp. 99-110

A Guide to the Stone Age

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pp. 100-111

Wait for Me

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pp. 101-112

The Delicate Riders

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pp. 102-113

If You Would Disappear at Sea

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pp. 103-114

My Girl

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pp. 104-115

Absences

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pp. 105-114

South End

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pp. 115-126

My Great Great Etc. Uncle Patrick Henry

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pp. 116-127

Deaf Girl Playing

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pp. 117-118

First Lesson

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pp. 119-130

The Soup of Venus

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pp. 120-131

The Immortals

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pp. 121-132

Teaching the Ape to Write Poems

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pp. 122-133

Man with Wooden Leg Escapes Prison

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pp. 123-134

Saint John of the Cross in Prison

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pp. 124-135

Cycle of Dust

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pp. 125-130

V. from Hottentot Ossuary (1974)

Waking

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pp. 133-144

Deadlines

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pp. 134-145

Leaping Woman

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pp. 135-146

The Hostile Philharmonic Orchestra

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pp. 136-147

VI. from Viper Jazz (1976)

Poem (I Can't Speak for the Wind)

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pp. 139-150

Sensitive Ears

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pp. 140-151

A Voyage from Stockholm to Take Advantage of Lower Prices on the Finnish Island of Aland

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pp. 141-152

Alfonso Lacklustre

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pp. 142-143

Awkward Silence

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pp. 144-155

A Radical Departure

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pp. 145-156

Read the Great Poets

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pp. 146-147

On the Subject of Doctors

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pp. 148-159

Same Tits

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pp. 149-160

Dry Cup

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pp. 150-161

Village 104

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pp. 151-162

Marfa

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pp. 152-153

Amherst to Easthampton

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pp. 154-165

The Glassy Harbor

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pp. 155-166

"Dreamy Cars Graze on the Dewy Boulevard"

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pp. 156-167

Bug Sleep

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pp. 157-168

Autumn

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pp. 158-169

Poem (Language was almost impossible)

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pp. 159-170

In a Motel on Lake Erie

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pp. 160-171

A Dime Found in the Snow

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pp. 161-162

VII. from Riven Doggeries (1979)

Riven Doggeries

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pp. 165-176

Heatstroke

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pp. 166-187

Rooster

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pp. 168-179

Sloops in the Bay

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pp. 169-180

With a Child All Day

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pp. 170-181

Nature Poem: Demanding Stiff Sentences

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pp. 171-182

Time X

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pp. 172-183

The Shy One

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pp. 173-184

The Life of Poetry

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pp. 174-185

River's Story

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pp. 175-186

The Responsible Romance

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pp. 176-187

Goodtime Jesus

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pp. 177-188

In the Realm of the Ignition

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pp. 178-189

VIII. from Constant Defender (1983)

Land of Little Sticks, 1945

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pp. 181-192

Poem for the Sandman

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pp. 182-193

Five Years Old

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pp. 183-194

The Horseshoe

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pp. 184-195

The Wild Cheese

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pp. 185-196

Nobody's Business

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pp. 186-187

Tell Them Was Here

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pp. 188-199

Spring Was Begging to Be Born

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pp. 189-190

Mystic Moment

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pp. 191-202

Yonder

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pp. 192-193

Summer Night

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pp. 194-195

Nausea, Coincidence

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pp. 196-207

Blue Spill

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pp. 197-208

Yellow Newspaper and a Wooden Leg

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pp. 198-209

Constant Defender

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pp. 199-210

The Motorcyclists

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pp. 200-211

Memo to the Dark Angel

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pp. 201-212

If It Would All Please Hurry

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pp. 202-204

Interruptions

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pp. 205-216

Bluebird Houses

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pp. 206-217

To Fuzzy

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pp. 207-208

Poem to Some of My Recent Poems

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pp. 209-220

A Jangling Yarn

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pp. 210-221

Paint 'Til You Faint

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pp. 211-212

Tragedy's Greatest Hits

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pp. 213-224

Toward Saint Looey

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pp. 214-215

Earthworks

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pp. 216-227

On the World's Birthday

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pp. 217-218

IX. from Reckoner (1986)

Jo Jo's Fireworks-Next Exit

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pp. 221-232

No Rest for the Gambler

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pp. 222-233

A Wedding

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pp. 223-224

The List of Famous Hats

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pp. 225-236

Jelka Revisited

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pp. 226-227

Smart and Final Iris

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pp. 228-239

The Chaste Stranger

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pp. 229-230

Ash Manor

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pp. 231-242

A Vagabond

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pp. 232-233

Neighbors

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pp. 234-245

The Sadness of My Neighbors

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pp. 235-246

Thoughts While Reading The Sand Reckoner

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pp. 236-237

Storm

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pp. 238-249

Stella Maris

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pp. 239-256

About the Author

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pp. 257-258