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Brian Swann’s Autumn Road consists of three interrelated parts: “ghosts/on paper, anonymous, ambiguous, festive—,” from the viewpoint of someone “similar to/who I am, but not me.” There should be no “mistaking flashes” for “heliography.” This poem, “Heliography” and another in Part I, “The Lost Boy,” is set during and after World War II in Northumberland, England, a world of farm, coal mine, family, and relatives. Later, in adolescence, the scene moves to the fen country of East Anglia and focuses on a difficult father and a violent world. Part II centers on “Ars Amatoria” in its various manifestations: marriage, the family and children. Part III, Eschatology,” looks back but also forward. It moves through middle age to “Three Score and Then Some.” What it sees is “the River Jordan spreading across night sands,” friends and family no longer here. It ends with the title poem, set in New York’s western Catskill Mountains: “I look for ecstatic image/here below where the year is dying fiercely.”

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Credits
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Part 1. The Lost Boy
  2. pp. 1-2
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  1. Heliography
  2. pp. 3-4
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  1. Vault
  2. p. 5
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  1. Inspiration (on being asked)
  2. pp. 6-7
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  1. Grandparents
  2. pp. 8-9
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  1. The Painting
  2. pp. 10-11
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  1. The Skull
  2. pp. 12-13
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  1. Physics
  2. p. 14
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  1. Slugs
  2. p. 15
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  1. The Lost Boy
  2. pp. 16-17
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  1. Soft Boiled Eggs
  2. pp. 18-22
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  1. The War
  2. p. 23
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  1. The Third Face
  2. pp. 24-25
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  1. Watch Yourself
  2. pp. 26-27
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  1. My Aunt
  2. p. 28
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  1. Fens
  2. p. 29
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  1. Dis Pater
  2. pp. 30-31
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  1. The Code
  2. p. 32
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  1. Quasar
  2. p. 33
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  1. Outline
  2. p. 34
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  1. Birdnesting
  2. pp. 35-36
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  1. The Point
  2. p. 37
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  1. Habeas Corpus
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  1. Deep Fish
  2. p. 39
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  1. Dark Side of the Moon
  2. pp. 40-41
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  1. Temporal
  2. p. 42
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  1. The Psychoanalysis of Fire
  2. pp. 43-44
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  1. Rain of the Waldensians
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  1. Consumed
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  1. Part 2. Ars Amatoria
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  1. De Profundis
  2. p. 49
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  1. Calendar Girl
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  1. Gonads
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  1. The Wind and the Rain
  2. pp. 53-54
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  1. Turn of the Years
  2. p. 55
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  1. The Rain
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  1. Ars Amatoria: Chorus for St. Valentine's Day
  2. pp. 57-58
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  1. Riddle: Contra Mortem
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  1. Yoga
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  1. More
  2. p. 61
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  1. Morning
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  1. Shadows and Distance
  2. pp. 63-64
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  1. The Star
  2. p. 65
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  1. The Wanderer
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  1. Reading the Signs
  2. p. 67
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  1. Basso-Relievo
  2. p. 68
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  1. Someone Else's Song
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  1. Catch
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  1. Daughter
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  1. Somewhere
  2. pp. 72-72
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  1. Painting By Anon
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  1. The Economy of Windmills
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  1. Part 3. Eschatology
  2. pp. 75-76
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  1. Exist
  2. p. 77
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  1. Eschatology
  2. p. 78
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  1. Lost Constellations
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  1. Orderly
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  1. Three Score and Then Some
  2. p. 81
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  1. HIV
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  1. Words
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  1. Le Grand Mal
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  1. Amsterdam
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  1. The Porcupine in Porcignano
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  1. Alzheimer's
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  1. Variations on the First Elegy
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  1. Whiteness
  2. pp. 89-90
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  1. The Frog Prince
  2. p. 91
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  1. Where the Woods Begin
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  1. The Rose
  2. p. 93
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  1. Neruda in Purgatory
  2. p. 94
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  1. Man on the Moon
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  1. The Fire
  2. p. 98
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  1. Autumn Road
  2. pp. 99-100
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  1. Other Titles in the Series
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