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Title Page, Further Reading, Copyright, Dedication, Quote, About the Author

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pp. i-viii

Contents

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pp. ix-xiv

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Preface

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pp. xv-xvi

Choosing poems to be included in an omnibus volume of one’s work over a fifty-five-year period is not a minor challenge. Which poems should be included? Which ones should not be, and why?
Some authors have simplified the matter by including all their work and letting the readers and critics do the evaluating. Still others have used the occasion as a time to let their personal preferences have the last word....

Acknowledgments

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pp. xvii-xx

Lost Swimmer

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pp. 1-2

I. Anticipating Yesterday, Remembering Tomorrow

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pp. 3-4

Postscript to Many Letters

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pp. 5-6

Carol of a Father

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pp. 7-7

God and Man

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pp. 8-8

Preface to a Poetry Reading

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pp. 9-9

Bellbeat

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pp. 10-11

My Roosevelt Coupé

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pp. 12-13

The Torch of Blood

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pp. 14-16

To a Bicyclist in France

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pp. 17-18

To a Commencement of Scoundrels

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pp. 19-21

No Echo in Judea

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pp. 22-23

Splitting

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pp. 24-25

Anticipating Yesterday, Remembering Tomorrow

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pp. 26-27

The First and Only Sailing

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pp. 28-29

Don Juan’s Dream of Near and Far Misses

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pp. 30-32

Waiting for Zero

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pp. 33-34

A City Made Sacred BecauseYour Son’s Grandfather Died in It

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pp. 35-36

The Bearing

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pp. 37-37

Only the New Branches Bloom

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pp. 38-39

The Toys

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pp. 40-40

The Next Time You Were There

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pp. 41-42

The Silence at the Bottom of the Well

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pp. 43-44

II. Silence Spoken Here

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pp. 45-46

Maps for a Son Are Drawn as You Go

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pp. 47-48

Silence Spoken Here

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pp. 49-50

No Is the Father of Yes

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pp. 51-52

The Quiet Proofs of Love

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pp. 53-54

The First Sam Hazo at the Last

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pp. 55-56

Song for the Flies of Fire

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pp. 57-58

Florence by Proxy

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pp. 59-60

Kak

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pp. 61-62

Another Word for Time

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pp. 63-65

No Fanfares, No Handshakes, No Salutes

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pp. 66-68

Who Promised You Tomorrow?

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pp. 69-71

Unto the Islands

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pp. 72-74

The Real Reason for Going Is Not Just to Get There

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pp. 75-76

A Crossing

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pp. 77-77

The World That Lightning Makes

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pp. 78-79

Whatever Happened to Defi ance?

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pp. 80-81

To All My Mariners in One

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pp. 82-83

Soldiers Despite Ourselves

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pp. 84-85

Matador

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pp. 86-88

To Stop and Be Stopped in Lourmarin

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pp. 89-90

The Song of the Horse

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pp. 91-92

Not Even Solomon . . .

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pp. 93-94

III. The Most You Least Expect

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pp. 95-96

For Bill

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pp. 97-98

Understory

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pp. 99-100

Putting Away the Lost Summer

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pp. 101-102

The University of All Smiles

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pp. 103-104

The Most You Least Expect

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pp. 105-106

When Nothing’s Happening, Everything’s Happening

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pp. 107-108

Scientia Non Est Virtus

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pp. 109-110

While Walking on France

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pp. 111-112

Cezanne’s Atelier near Aix

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pp. 113-114

When Life Turns Still

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pp. 115-116

Winston

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pp. 117-118

Everything’s Important, Everything’s Brief

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pp. 119-120

For Tomas, Who Survived the Axe Blow from Within

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pp. 121-122

The Horizon at Our Feet

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pp. 123-124

At the Site of the Memorial

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pp. 125-126

The Bodies of Women

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pp. 127-128

Once Upon a Wedding

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pp. 129-130

The Holy Surprise of Right Now

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pp. 131-132

Ahead of Time

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pp. 133-134

Ballad of the Jolly Broker

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pp. 135-136

September 11, 2001

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pp. 137-138

Ballad of a Returnee

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pp. 139-140

Dining with Montaigne

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pp. 141-142

Facing the Lake with St.-Ex

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pp. 143-143

Breakdown

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pp. 144-145

Thus Spake Mercutio

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pp. 146-146

Arms and the Word

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pp. 147-148

IV. Ongoing PresencesHave No Past Tense

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pp. 149-150

Just Words

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pp. 151-152

Casanova to God

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pp. 153-154

A Toast for the Likes of Two

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pp. 155-157

Looking into a Tulip

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pp. 158-158

After Arlington

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pp. 159-159

Ballad of the One-Legged Marine

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pp. 160-161

A Time of No Shadows

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pp. 162-163

Ongoing Presences Have No Past Tense

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pp. 164-165

Notre Dame du Lac

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pp. 166-168

National Prayer Breakfast

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pp. 169-170

The More We Know, the Less We Feel Until

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pp. 171-172

Mustangs

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pp. 173-173

In the Time of the Tumult of Nations

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pp. 174-175

For Which It Stands

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pp. 176-177

A Czech Susannah in Cannes

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pp. 178-179

Towels

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pp. 180-181

Mediterranean Update

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pp. 182-183

Seesaws

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pp. 184-184

The Necessary Brevity of Pleasures

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pp. 185-186

Parting Shot

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pp. 187-187

For the Time Being

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pp. 188-189

The Real Wager

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pp. 190-191

Caesarean

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pp. 192-192

As a Rule

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pp. 193-194

For the Dead, It’s Over

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pp. 195-195

Morituri

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pp. 196-199

Gloria

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pp. 200-201

Skin-Deep Is Deep Enough

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pp. 202-204

The World That Waits in Words

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pp. 205-206

And the Time Is

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pp. 207-208

Once, Again

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pp. 209-209

Sudden or Slow but Sure

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pp. 210-211

The Contrarians

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pp. 212-214

V. The Short Life of Perpetuity

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pp. 215-216

The Fifth Element

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pp. 217-218

In Troth

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pp. 219-220

Making It Look Easy

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pp. 221-222

The Short Life of Perpetuity

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pp. 223-224

Kennedy

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pp. 225-225

The Fools of God

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pp. 226-227

The Merchandiser’s Song

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pp. 228-229

Sloth Is the Mother of Invention

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pp. 230-231

Blossom

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pp. 232-232

Welcome to Used-to-Was

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pp. 233-233

Tattoos

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pp. 234-234

The King of Swing

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pp. 235-236

Say Cheese

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pp. 237-237

Sleep Is a Dangerous Exile

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pp. 238-239

Heredity’s a Card That’s Always Dealt Face Down

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pp. 240-240

Eyes

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pp. 241-241

A Preferable Nudity

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pp. 242-242

The Art Professor Discusses Bernini’s Teresa in Ecstasy

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pp. 243-243

The Time It Takes to Tell

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pp. 244-245

Flagrante Delicto

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pp. 246-246

The Face of Catherine Deneuve

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pp. 247-247

Ophelia’s Lie

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pp. 248-248

Sloth Is a Lost Art

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pp. 249-250

No Words for This

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pp. 251-251

Skunked

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pp. 252-252

Executioner

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pp. 253-253

Man Is the Only Animal Capable of Shame

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pp. 254-255

Signs of Life in a Sundown City

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pp. 256-256

Prior to Oblivion

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pp. 257-258

Malaise

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pp. 259-260

Ars Poetica

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pp. 261-261

Poseidon and Others

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pp. 262-263

Home Are the Sailors

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pp. 264-264

VI. Deuce

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pp. 265-266

Imperfectly Yours

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pp. 267-268

Stoning

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pp. 269-269

Life Preservers

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pp. 270-271

For Those Who Will One Day Live Here

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pp. 272-273

Benny Goodman Died WhilePlaying Mozart on His Clarinet

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pp. 274-275

Footnote

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pp. 276-277

Ballad of a Sniper

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pp. 278-279

Choose

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pp. 280-281

Beginning with Azaleas

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pp. 282-283

All But the Haunting

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pp. 284-284

The Habits of Perfection

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pp. 285-286

Deuce

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pp. 287-288

The Infi nite Sophistication of Human Needs

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pp. 289-290

Nobody Home

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pp. 291-292

Lifespans

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pp. 293-294

That Far

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pp. 295-295

To Richard Wilbur in Cummington

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pp. 296-297

To Whom It Will Concern

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pp. 298-299

Making Do

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pp. 300-301

One-Liners or Less

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pp. 302-303

At Large in Provence

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pp. 304-304

Rites

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pp. 305-306

VII. Bare-Wristed

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pp. 307-308

Have a Nice Day

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pp. 309-310

The Imperfectionist

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pp. 311-312

Dressing Down

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pp. 313-314

From the Feet Up

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pp. 315-316

At My Age

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pp. 317-318

Bare-Wristed

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pp. 319-320

And the Winner Isn’t

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pp. 321-322

Flyover

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pp. 323-323

Downing a Maple

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pp. 324-325

Meryl Streep, Actress

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pp. 326-327

Happenstance

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pp. 328-329

To Be in Byblos

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pp. 330-330

In Due Course

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pp. 331-332

To Adam

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pp. 333-334

Joe Louis’s Daughter

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pp. 335-336

Flair

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pp. 337-338

Womankind

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pp. 339-340

April Fool

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pp. 341-342

Don’t Just Do Something, Stand There

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pp. 343-344

Ace

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pp. 345-345

The Poetry of Laughing, Yawning and Singing

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pp. 346-347

Exits

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pp. 348-348

The Driven Driver

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pp. 349-350

Inconveniently Themselves

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pp. 351-352

Ultimatum

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pp. 353-353

Near Enough

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pp. 354-354

Definitely

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pp. 355-357

Back Cover

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