Cover

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pp. C-C

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Foreword by Edward Field

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pp. ix-x

Let me warn the reader: it takes courage to read this book. This heartbreaking sequence of poems on the abduction of a daughter hit me like a ton of bricks, and I had to put it aside several times. But what courage it took to write it. Though there are many poems on grief, and even on crime—websites are devoted to them—I have never...

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Preface

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pp. xi-2

In his preface to the Lyrical Ballads, Wordsworth insists that the poet’s subject need not come from personal experience, but it must become personal experience. In committing to a regimen of repeated witness in the world, the poet’s very impulses and habits of mind are transformed until, over time, the poet’s work becomes the poet’s life....

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pp. 3-3

The Rescue

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pp. 4-4

What the Neighbors Heard

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pp. 5-6

Amber Alert

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pp. 7-8

Mandatum

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pp. 9-9

Apology

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pp. 10-10

On the Proper Care of Orchids

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pp. 11-11

The Retrieval

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pp. 12-12

Museum

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pp. 13-13

Lullaby for Her Brother

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pp. 14-15

Kaleidoscope

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pp. 16-16

On Recognizing Saints

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pp. 17-18

Morning Offering

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pp. 19-19

The Golden Bough

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pp. 20-21

At the Grieving Parents Meeting

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pp. 22-23

Demeter’s Side

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pp. 24-24

Snow Globe

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pp. 25-26

The Rape of Chryssipus

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pp. 27-27

I See You

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pp. 28-28

River of Forgetfulness

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pp. 29-30

Bingo Night for Missing and Exploited Children

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pp. 31-31

A Glass of Absinthe

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pp. 32-32

Catharsis

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pp. 33-34

The Boy’s Lament

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pp. 35-35

Little Fits

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pp. 36-38

Mythology

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pp. 39-39

Mother’s Day

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pp. 40-41

Requiem

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pp. 42-42

Song of Daphnis

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pp. 43-43

Loose Ends

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pp. 44-45

Sanriku

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pp. 46-46

Teaching the Tragedies

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pp. 47-47

Girl at Piano

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pp. 48-49

Oaths, Curses, Blessings

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pp. 50-50

Melville’s Reader

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pp. 51-51

Joseph Dreams Two Dreams

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pp. 52-54

Leaving the Mainland

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pp. 55-55

The Ventriloquist

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pp. 56-56

Songs of the Immortals

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pp. 57-57

The Eviction

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pp. 58-58

The Arrangement

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pp. 59-60

Aubade

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pp. 61-61

The Lame God

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pp. 62-63

Against Elegies

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pp. 64-65

Acknowledgments

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pp. 66-66

About the Author

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pp. 67-67

The May Swenson Poetry Award

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pp. 68-68