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The Cabinetmaker's Window
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"Dying never / ends for us. It only slowly rearranges us," writes Steve Scafidi in his poignant new collection. Inspired by his own work as a cabinetmaker -- defined by the peppery dust from the woodworker planing a walnut board, turning an oak spindle at the lathe, or honing chisels while gazing out a window -- Scafidi's poems reveal both the tenuous and the everlasting nature of existence.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. C-C
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. 1
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. Sometimes There Is a Shit Smell Everywhere
  2. p. 3
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  1. The West Virginia Copper-Wing
  2. pp. 4-5
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  1. This Page
  2. p. 6
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  1. Song for the Holy Ghost
  2. p. 7
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  1. Two Cabinetmakers
  2. p. 8
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  1. Looking for the Maker’s Name
  2. p. 9
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  1. At Wartime
  2. pp. 10-11
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  1. Questions I Asked Death, Questions Death Asked Me
  2. p. 12
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  1. The Rocking Chair Bookcase
  2. p. 13
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  1. Triumph of the Jabberwock
  2. p. 14
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  1. Phone Call from the Pleistocene
  2. p. 15
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  1. If Faulkner Is Wrong and We Don’t Endure or Prevail
  2. p. 16
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  1. 2
  2. pp. 17-18
  1. Pig Fucker’s Wife
  2. pp. 19-20
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  1. Song for the Tribe
  2. p. 21
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  1. The Chisel
  2. p. 22
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  1. Thank-You Wishes for the Wilderness
  2. p. 23
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  1. Death of a Unicorn
  2. p. 25
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  1. The Cabinetmaker’s Window
  2. p. 26
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  1. Like OMG, I Can Die Now ♥ Pammy
  2. p. 27
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  1. Ars Aureus
  2. p. 28
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  1. Lines for the Atrium of a High School
  2. p. 29
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  1. After Ammianus of the 2nd Century A.D.
  2. p. 30
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  1. Song for the Carry-On
  2. p. 31
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  1. Driving Around
  2. p. 32
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  1. 3
  2. pp. 33-34
  1. The Little Girl from Outer Space
  2. pp. 35-36
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  1. On the Back of an Envelope
  2. p. 37
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  1. The Denunciation of Ricky Skaggs from On High
  2. pp. 38-39
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  1. Days We Can’t Play Black Sabbath
  2. p. 40
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  1. Ode with a Dolphin at the End
  2. p. 41
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  1. On the Birth of a Friend’s Child
  2. p. 42
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  1. Under the Collard Greens and the Poppies
  2. pp. 43-44
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  1. To a Cloud over Troy
  2. p. 45
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  1. Dreaming Made the Hula Hoop
  2. pp. 46-47
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  1. You Should, Said Socrates, Sing a Charm over Him Every Day Until You Have Charmed Away His Fears
  2. p. 48
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  1. Music for the Word Perhaps
  2. p. 49
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  1. The Hillbilly Break-Dance and the Talking Crow
  2. p. 50
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  1. 4
  2. pp. 53-54
  1. Whiskey for Sorrow and a Song of Disgrace
  2. p. 55
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  1. The Laborer
  2. pp. 56-57
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  1. What Sings in the Garden Shines in the Sun
  2. p. 58
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  1. The Way the Days Pass One after Another
  2. p. 59
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  1. Thank You Lord for the Dark Ablaze—
  2. p. 60
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  1. How the Things We Work On, Work On Us
  2. p. 61
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  1. On the Rebel Flag over my Neighbor’s House
  2. p. 62
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  1. To the Cabinetmakers
  2. pp. 63-64
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  1. Song for Sunday Morning
  2. p. 65
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  1. Poem Ending with a Line from Auden
  2. pp. 66-67
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  1. The Taste of It
  2. p. 68
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  1. In the Parking Lot of the Barbershop
  2. pp. 69-70
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 71-72
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