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The Old Woman, the Tulip, and the Dog
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This book by a major American poet is for poetry readers at all levels, academic and non-academic. It is a sequence of poems that will surprise and delight readers—in the voices of an old woman full of memories, a glamorous tulip, and an earthy dog who always has the last word.

Table of Contents

  1. Front Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Quote
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. 1
  2. pp. 1-2
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  1. The Blessing of the Old Woman, the Tulip, and the Dog
  2. p. 3
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  1. The Vow
  2. p. 4
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  1. Deer Walk Upon Our Mountains
  2. p. 5
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  1. Wrong About the Horse
  2. p. 6
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  1. The Drink Triptych
  2. p. 7
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  1. The Panel Discussion: How Mistaken Is Sophocles
  2. p. 8
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  1. The Promise Triptych
  2. pp. 9-10
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  1. 2
  2. pp. 11-12
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  1. Song
  2. p. 13
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  1. The Beautiful Morning Triptych
  2. p. 14
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  1. The Wind That Blows Through Me
  2. p. 15
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  1. What We Love
  2. p. 16
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  1. Prayer
  2. p. 17
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  1. April
  2. pp. 18-19
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  1. Soften and Melt
  2. p. 20
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  1. 3
  2. pp. 21-22
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  1. In Every Life
  2. p. 23
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  1. Try To
  2. p. 24
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  1. The Fear Triptych
  2. p. 25
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  1. Ridiculous
  2. p. 26
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  1. The Outsiders
  2. p. 27
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  1. Anger I: Gray Cement
  2. pp. 28-29
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  1. The Moment on Stage I
  2. p. 30
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  1. 4
  2. pp. 31-32
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  1. Church
  2. pp. 33-34
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  1. The Synagogue of the Ear of Corn
  2. p. 35
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  1. They Speak of Race
  2. p. 36
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  1. Awakening
  2. p. 37
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  1. I Want to Live
  2. pp. 38-39
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  1. What Is Now Seen Was Once Only Imagined
  2. p. 40
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  1. Bright Star and Devil Moon
  2. pp. 41-42
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  1. 5
  2. pp. 43-44
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  1. Snow Day
  2. pp. 45-46
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  1. The Sorrow Triptych
  2. pp. 47-48
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  1. The Arts
  2. p. 49
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  1. The Moment on Stage II
  2. p. 50
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  1. Anger II: the Rape
  2. p. 51
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  1. Liberty
  2. p. 52
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  1. To a Pregnant Woman
  2. pp. 53-54
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  1. 6
  2. pp. 55-56
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  1. The Beginning of Time
  2. pp. 57-58
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  1. Sweet Chariot
  2. p. 59
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  1. Brightness Falls from the Air
  2. p. 60
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  1. In War Time
  2. p. 61
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  1. Paw on Your Lap
  2. p. 62
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  1. Many Lives
  2. p. 63
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  1. Summertime
  2. p. 64
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  1. Endmatter
  2. pp. 65-66
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 67-68
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 69-70
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  1. Back Cover
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