Cover

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pp. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

The American Poetry Review: “Queue,” “The Wedding at Ram Island,” “Frame,” “Signs & Portents,” “All Things Move toward Disorder Except the Newly Created,” “Theodicy,” “Exit Row,” “Stutter,” “Give Me Poland,” “Prayer for Slate: “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad,” “Self-Made”Some of these poems also appeared in Swerve, a chapbook from Pudding ...

Part I

Shattered Bio

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pp. 3-3

Queue

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pp. 4-4

I’ve Been Working on the Railroad

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pp. 5-5

Ode to a Photographer

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pp. 6-6

Frame

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pp. 7-7

The Wedding at Ram Island

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pp. 8-8

The Children’s Table

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pp. 9-9

Exit Row

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pp. 10-10

Kafka, Women

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pp. 11-11

Coffee

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de Kooning

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pp. 13-13

...who could make of any place a Siberia, far—far enough. The doorsthe sexual gash at eye-level: Woman, Sag Harbor. I liked the canti-I thought once of learning, for Lisa. All is metaphor, yah, sure.in this country, without a ticket—hiding in the heat and metalsoot with the workers. Slow. Still feeding the enormous engines....

Terrors of the Night

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pp. 14-14

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The Mission

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pp. 15-15

Europe was in trouble again and I went over. I found her in a bar, lipstick charmingly askew, snags in her black stockings. I got a coke and joined her in the booth. Call me Jean, she said, and stuck out her hand. It was limp, thrilling. Listen, Jean, I said. I know we’ve had our differences, but I really. She put her hand on my thigh. And maybe I’m out of line here, but. She opened her legs ...

Self-Made

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pp. 16-16

You Need a Subject for the Sun to Rise

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pp. 17-17

Signs & Portents

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pp. 18-19

Theodicy

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pp. 20-21

Jonquillity

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Reunion

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pp. 23-23

...passed around like a contagious glow. Same teasing of the strong,...

The End of Striving

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pp. 24-24

The Barber

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pp. 25-26

Part II

Glaciology

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pp. 29-46

Part III

The Deal

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pp. 49-49

The Fly

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pp. 50-50

Icon

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pp. 51-51

When We’re Done Writing about the Self

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Give Me Poland

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pp. 53-53

In couplets, and walk among the rows in spring, tra la. Give me Poland,...

Corrections

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pp. 54-54

Vintage Clock

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pp. 55-55

Event Horizon

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pp. 56-63

Stutter

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pp. 64-64

Votive

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pp. 65-65

Prayer for My Daughters

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pp. 66-66

All Things Move toward Disorder except the Newly Created

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pp. 67-67

Throw It All Away

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pp. 68-68

Further Reading, Back Cover

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pp. 69-71