Cover

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Series Page, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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Contents

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pp. vi-x

Dreamless and Possible: New Poems

Dancers

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p. 3

Burning Bush

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pp. 4-5

Another Letter to the Soul

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p. 6

The Radio Is Playing Strauss

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p. 7

Time Travel

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p. 8

The Hot Corner

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p. 9

The Dream of ’64

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pp. 10-11

At Midnight

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p. 12

I Remember the Queen’s Review of the NATO Fleet

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p. 13

Tiger Tiger

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p. 14

Dust to Dust

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p. 15

Home Is the Sailor

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p. 16

Face

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pp. 17-18

Letting Things Go

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pp. 19-20

Jung Doubts

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p. 21

Desperados

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pp. 22-23

The “President” Speaks Out on the Issues, 2006

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p. 24

Marsh

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p. 25

Circles in the Shell of the Ear

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pp. 26-27

The New Creation

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p. 28

Unaccountable

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p. 29

Something Borrowed

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p. 30

“I Have Wasted My Life”

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pp. 31-32

July

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p. 33

Mercy

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pp. 34-35

Visitation

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p. 36

Love Calls Us to the Things of the Other World

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pp. 37-38

The Mysterious Courtesy of Fondness

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pp. 39-40

from The Crime of Luck (1976) & Why Shouldn’t I (1977)

The Wu General Writes from Far Away

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pp. 43-44

Dear Mrs. Terry

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pp. 45-46

The Bell Maker

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p. 47

Hymn for His Hands

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pp. 48-49

Chance

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pp. 50-51

The Rose Fields

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p. 52

Figure Fishing at Night

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pp. 53-54

from Though Silence: The Ling Wei Texts (1982)

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Introduction: A Reverie

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pp. 57-58

In a New England town where I used to live there is an exceptionally peaceful wood. A small, bright stream runs through it, lending a light song to the general contentment of the place. Once in a while I would sneak away from work and spend a meditative quarter-hour on a mulchy embankment overlooking that stream (which we called Mill River), ...

Ling Wei in Exile

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Ling Wei in His Refuge, Watching

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p. 60

Ling Wei on the North-Road

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pp. 61-62

Ling Wei Parable

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p. 63

Ling Wei’s Small Song for His Home Valley

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p. 64

Four Crystal Women Stepping Out

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p. 65

Sayings of the Boatman

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p. 66

Ling Wei’s First Day in the City

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p. 67

Small Impressions Lost Beyond the North

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pp. 68-69

Parable of the Fortune Teller

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p. 70

Three Leaf-Thoughts for Kuan

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p. 71

What Ling Wei Thinks About War

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p. 72

Winter Sequence

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p. 73

Devil-Mere

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p. 74

from Sea Change (1985)

Aboard the San Juan Ferry

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p. 77

A Reminder to the Current President

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pp. 78-79

At the Equinox

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pp. 80-81

Flights the Wire Bird Watches

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p. 82

In Grey Water: The Day

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pp. 83-85

Keeping Watch Under a Lamp Post in the Deep Wood . . .

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pp. 86-87

Liberty & Ten Years of Return

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pp. 88-89

Paid in Full

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p. 90

Ramon’s Letter

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p. 91

Seascape

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p. 92

The Voyage

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p. 93

The Pitcher’s Pride

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pp. 94-95

The Death of Giovine

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p. 96

from Sweet Afton (1991)

SWEET AFTON, Pennsylvania, Oct. 1, 1937

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pp. 99-100

Old Nicholsen Himself

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p. 101

Pale Rachel’s Ancient Point of View

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p. 102

Master Ronald Westman, Excluded from the Tea

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pp. 103-104

Cloudia’s Angel

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pp. 105-106

Eldon Clay and the Reverend’s Wife

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p. 107

Bluestocking

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pp. 108-109

Edgar Cloony’s Courtship of Miss Emiline

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p. 110

The Runaways’ Story

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p. 111

Elizabeth’s Story

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pp. 112-113

Old Lecher Errat

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p. 114

Plato Hall

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pp. 115-116

The Spinster Annibel Collier

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p. 117

The Gallery of Plato Hall

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pp. 118-122

This Is the Narrator, This Is I . . .

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pp. 123-124

from Memory and Heaven (1997)

Alienation

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p. 127

Four Solitudes

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pp. 128-129

The Ecstasy of Ceasing to Know

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pp. 130-131

Elegy at the Onset of Winter

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p. 132

Dialectic from Three Windows

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pp. 133-134

Blessing’s Precision

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pp. 135-136

Night Flight Letter to Weldon Kees Found Wadded Up . . .

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pp. 137-138

Streets

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pp. 139-140

The Contemporary Theorist Alone at Dusk in His Chair by the Sea

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p. 141

Talk with the Moon

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pp. 142-143

You Sailed Away, Oh Yes You Did

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p. 144

The Record Player

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pp. 145-146

The Pipes of Oblivion

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p. 147

Everything

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pp. 148-149

Mean and Stupid

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pp. 150-151

Stay with Me

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pp. 152-153

The Cry

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pp. 154-155

Brownie Hawkeye

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p. 156

The Ride

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pp. 157-158

Window

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pp. 159-160

Exclusivity

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pp. 161-162

from Just Waking (2003)

If the House

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p. 165

The Fugitive Lover Says “I’m Telling You”

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pp. 166-168

Here in a Provident Stillness

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pp. 169-170

Like Feelings

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pp. 171-172

Two Poems, with Death Betwixt

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pp. 173-175

He Thinks of the Sea

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pp. 176-177

The Treetop Mole

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pp. 178-179

The Dove

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pp. 180-181

Nefertiti

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p. 182

Through Light Rain I Wave Goodbye

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p. 183

Close to the Vein

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p. 184

At James Island, Early June

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pp. 185-186

from Light’s Ladder (2004)

If He Remembers June Light in Oslo

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p. 189

Running

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pp. 190-191

Trusting the Beads

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pp. 192-194

History

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pp. 195-196

If the World Were Glass

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p. 197

A Party on the Way to Rome

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pp. 198-199

The Counterchime

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pp. 200-201

1974

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p. 202

He Writes to the Soul

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pp. 203-204

King of the Butterflies

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pp. 205-207

The Fire Elegies

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pp. 208-211

A Christmas Ode After the Fashion of Michael Heffernan . . .

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p. 212

All Day at the Brainard Pioneer Cemetery

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pp. 213-215

Cole Porter

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pp. 216-217

Keats

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p. 218

Like Rain Descending

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p. 219

The New Orpheus

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p. 220

Heaven

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pp. 221-222

Acknowledgments

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pp. 223-226

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About the Poet

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p. 227

Christopher Howell has published nine books of poetry, including Just Waking (2003) and Light’s Ladder (2004). He has received two Washington State Book Awards, two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, a fellowship from Artist Trust, and the Vachel Lindsay and Helen Bullis prizes. ...

A Note on the Type

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