Cover

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Title Page, Copyright

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pp. i-v

Contents

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pp. vi-viii

I / Doorman

Slate

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pp. 3-3

Waking, Working

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pp. 4-4

Mister

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pp. 5-5

We Called Goodbye, but She Was Already Gone

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pp. 6-6

Agape

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pp. 7-7

Black Stitches, Black Knots

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pp. 8-8

Doorman

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pp. 9-10

The New Boys Will Never Love You

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pp. 11-11

In the New Boy's In-Basket

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pp. 12-12

All Asides Aside

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pp. 13-13

White Marginalia

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pp. 14-14

Errata

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pp. 15-15

RE: The Two New Boys

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pp. 16-16

The Rattled Hymn of the Republic

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pp. 17-18

II / Middle, Nowhere

Before There Was a Road (On the Way to Wilburville)

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pp. 21-22

Middle, Nowhere

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pp. 23-23

Semé and Semaphore

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pp. 24-25

I Am on a Break

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pp. 26-26

Retrograde: Echoes from Earlier Chapters

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pp. 27-27

Passing Through the Shadows of Great Buildings

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pp. 28-28

The Usual

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pp. 29-30

When the Van Broke Down

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pp. 31-32

III / Threshold

Reentry

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pp. 35-35

White Brides, White Mistresses

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pp. 36-36

Almost an End of Absinthe

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pp. 37-37

Verlaine in Prison

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pp. 38-38

Simone Weil at the Renault Factory (1935)

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pp. 39-39

At Some Point the River Always Veers Away from the Road

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pp. 40-40

The Winter Cow

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pp. 41-41

Eurydice

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pp. 42-42

Our Ladies of Elsewhere

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pp. 43-43

You People

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pp. 44-46

IV / We Fall in Behind

We Fall in Behind

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pp. 49-49

Fuck It

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pp. 50-50

Notes

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pp. 51-51

Upriver: Distinctions of Never and Ever

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pp. 52-52

The Ones You Love Are Cold

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pp. 53-53

Let Me Remind You You Are Still Under Oath

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pp. 54-55

I Talk to the Bread, I Chat with the Dough

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pp. 56-56

Breaking Only Little Laws

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pp. 57-57

Indiscriminate Kisses

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pp. 58-59

Leastways

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pp. 60-60

Adieu

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pp. 61-61

Hand-Embroidered Mourning Piece for Clara Elisabeth Kriebel, 1779

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pp. 62-62

Bid Me Be the Bird

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pp. 63-64

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 65-66

...Thanks to the editors of these journals for first publishing the following poems...

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About the Poet

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pp. 67-67

...Nance Van Winckel teaches in the graduate creative writing programs at Eastern Washington University and Vermont College. She is the author of four books of poetry...