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The Man Who Saws Us in Half
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Through silence and song, death and rebirth, a sense of wonder pervades every minute of our lives. In The Man Who Saws Us in Half, Ron Houchin explores this idea from the first curiosities of childhood to the gradual skepticism that comes with age and the weight of practical concerns. In the whimsical poem "The Lion That Finds You Asleep in His Dream," the sleeping figure relives the magical allure of youth, offered both gratuitously and ubiquitously: "The moon's still high in its arc, / and you know / you spilled from this lion's heart."

With his unique and colloquial voice, Houchin allows the reader to experience familiar subjects anew, to admire the surrounding world with rekindled appreciation and awe.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. 2-7
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. January Night Testament
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. So Tired
  2. pp. 2-3
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  1. The Green Snake
  2. pp. 4-4
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  1. Summer Tenants
  2. pp. 5-5
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  1. Interpretation of Silence
  2. pp. 6-6
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  1. Katherine Skating the Ohio, 1916
  2. pp. 7-7
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  1. String Theory
  2. pp. 8-8
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  1. Reverence for Beds
  2. pp. 9-9
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  1. The Good Earth
  2. pp. 10-10
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  1. River Night
  2. pp. 11-11
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  1. Body Farm
  2. pp. 12-12
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  1. Lament of the Retired Coal Mine Canary
  2. pp. 13-13
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  1. Tending the Fire
  2. pp. 14-14
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  1. Glass and Water
  2. pp. 15-15
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  1. The Coal Globe
  2. pp. 16-16
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  1. Tender
  2. pp. 17-17
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  1. In Praise of Comb-Overs
  2. pp. 18-19
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  1. Lost in the Cemetery
  2. pp. 20-20
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  1. Stray City Dog
  2. pp. 21-21
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  1. My Father’s House
  2. pp. 22-22
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  1. Everything Is a Place
  2. pp. 23-23
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  1. Why I Watch the National Geographic Channel
  2. pp. 24-24
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  1. Snails in the Garden
  2. pp. 25-25
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  1. Mermaid’s Funeral
  2. pp. 26-26
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  1. At the Casto Sleep Clinic, 1995
  2. pp. 27-27
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  1. Reflections of the Shape Shifter
  2. pp. 28-29
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  1. Hidden Places That Open Suddenly
  2. pp. 30-30
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  1. The Intention of Trees
  2. pp. 31-31
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  1. Thin Quarters
  2. pp. 32-32
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  1. One Step Removed
  2. pp. 33-33
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  1. Made You Look
  2. pp. 34-34
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  1. The Man Who Saws Us in Half
  2. pp. 35-36
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  1. Luuletaja
  2. pp. 37-37
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  1. Frozen Light
  2. pp. 38-38
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  1. The Lost Rhetoric of Memory
  2. pp. 39-39
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  1. The Sudden Mind
  2. pp. 40-40
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  1. Measuring the Moon
  2. pp. 41-41
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  1. In a Dream of Standing in the Wings of a Reality TV Show
  2. pp. 42-42
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  1. Out
  2. pp. 43-43
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  1. In My Town: West Virginia
  2. pp. 44-44
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  1. Epiphany in a Spring Field
  2. pp. 45-45
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  1. Visible Songs of Appalachia
  2. pp. 46-46
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  1. Séance
  2. pp. 47-47
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  1. Washing Seven Plates
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  1. Night Without Dream, Morning Without Memory
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  1. Gravitas
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  1. Sleeping Among Horses
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  1. Between
  2. pp. 52-52
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  1. The Dead
  2. pp. 53-53
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  1. Summer Solstice Prayer, 2008
  2. pp. 54-54
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  1. Lone Dogs
  2. pp. 55-55
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  1. Laughter Fossils
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  1. Camel in the Rainforest, Giraffe in the Rockies
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  1. The Way the World Goes On
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  1. Every Day of the Dead
  2. pp. 59-59
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  1. Crossing
  2. pp. 60-60
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  1. Hymn to Her
  2. pp. 61-61
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  1. Dream of Two Fields in Evening Rain
  2. pp. 62-62
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  1. Winter Cellar
  2. pp. 63-63
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  1. Your Christmas Present
  2. pp. 64-64
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  1. In a Park, a Crow in Spring Rain
  2. pp. 65-65
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  1. Wind on the River
  2. pp. 66-66
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  1. Minimum
  2. pp. 67-68
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  1. Young Scientist Learning Soft
  2. pp. 69-69
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  1. In Mythic Times
  2. pp. 70-70
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  1. The Lion That Finds You Asleep in His Dream
  2. pp. 71-71
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