Cover

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pp. 1-9

Contents

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pp. ix-x

I

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pp. 1-12

Edward Teller’s Leg

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pp. 1-2

II: The Stinkdark

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pp. 3-14

Mr. Poe Calls on Mrs. Shelton

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pp. 3-14

Edgar Poe Tries to Get His Act Together

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pp. 4-5

Poe’s Last Words

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pp. 6-7

The Southern Poet Is Pursued by Eliot

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pp. 8-9

Ford, Joyce, Pound, Quinn

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pp. 10-21

Pisa

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pp. 11-12

Shithouse

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pp. 13-24

DTC

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pp. 14-25

The Fascist Salute

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pp. 15-26

A Negroni for the Master

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pp. 16-18

III

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pp. 19-30

Supermoon

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pp. 19-20

IV: Created, Uncreated

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pp. 21-32

At First

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pp. 21-32

Piazza G. G. Belli

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pp. 22-33

The Caravaggio Room

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pp. 23-24

Roman Sleep

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pp. 25-36

Early Christianity: A Poem

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pp. 26-28

Rome

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pp. 29-30

Bentornato

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pp. 31-32

The Rewiring

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pp. 33-34

Napoleon’s Naked Sister

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pp. 35-46

A Wizard in the Forum

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pp. 36-37

Via della Scala, Trastevere

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pp. 38-49

Campidoglio

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pp. 39-50

Palatine

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pp. 40-51

Galleria Borghese, August

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pp. 41-52

Satiro e Ninfa

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pp. 42-53

The Tomb of the Scipios

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pp. 43-54

Via Appia, Beyond Ciampino

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pp. 44-45

ĸάθαρσης

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pp. 46-57

V

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pp. 47-58

Little Gidding

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pp. 47-50

VI: A Different World

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pp. 51-62

Album

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pp. 51-62

Come on In, Come on Along

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pp. 52-53

Yankees

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pp. 54-55

Splitting the Doubleteam

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pp. 56-67

The Day Jerry Suna Came to Baseball Practice Drunk

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pp. 57-58

Double

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pp. 59-60

A Different World

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pp. 61-72

Distraction

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pp. 62-73

Anecdote of the Half-Rubber

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pp. 63-74

A Leni Riefenstahl Triptych

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pp. 64-65

Incarnation

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pp. 66-67

Flashes

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pp. 68-69

Perfect Hit

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pp. 70-72

VII

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pp. 73-84

Its Ghostly Workshop

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pp. 73-74

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 75-76

I am grateful to the editors of the following periodicals and anthologies, in which these poems first appeared. Some poems have been revised since their first appearance in print, and some titles have changed. ...