Cover

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Title Page, Copyright Page, Dedication

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Table of Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

Many helped to bring this book into being. Jeff Worley, Diana Hume George, Jon Schofer and Michael Walls gave invaluable comments on early drafts of this manuscript. Ellen Bryant Voigt helped me to find the pulse of poems in section II. Thanks to members of my writers groups at George’s and in upstate New York ...

Part I

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pp. 1-2

Spot in the Dark

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pp. 3-4

Fallen in Love Again

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p. 5

The Distance of Motion

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p. 6

Wheels Inside Wheels

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p. 7

If Only

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p. 8

Winter Preparations

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p. 9

Moving Topsoil and Thinking About Us

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p. 10

The Edge of Enough

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p. 11

En Route

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p. 12

Nowhere Fast

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pp. 13-14

Part II

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pp. 15-16

Me and You and an Oh

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p. 17

Hands Full of Nothing

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p. 18

Letter, March 18

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p. 19

No News Here

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p. 20

Returns

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p. 21

Common Dreams

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p. 22

The Mistress

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p. 23

To One Who Can't Leave

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p. 24

The Wish

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pp. 25-26

Part III

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pp. 27-28

Alone, Open Road

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pp. 29-30

Friend of a Friend of a

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pp. 31-33

Soul Mate

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p. 34

With a Woman

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p. 35

Teaching Composition in Erie, Pennsylvania, or Madonna Should Never Write a Dating Column

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pp. 36-37

Winter, Erie, PA

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p. 38

I Believe in Pain the Way Others Believe in God

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p. 39

Lyric Melancholia in Winter

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p. 40

The Letter I Sent To My Mother

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p. 41

Explanations for Distraction

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p. 42

Her Power

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p. 43

The Art of Schmoozing

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p. 44

My Former Lover Said He Was Tired

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p. 45

What's Left

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p. 46

What We Keep When Lovers Go

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p. 47

The Feeling of Wings

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p. 48

After the Goodbye

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pp. 49-50

Part IV

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pp. 51-52

Ars Poetica

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p. 53

Boardwalk and Bach

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p. 54

Again

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p. 55

Matin

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p. 56

Worms Dancing

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p. 57

My Doggy Self

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p. 58

Audience of Two

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p. 59

When Can I See Your Shetland Ponies

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p. 60

Pilgrimage

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pp. 61-62