Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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Contents

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pp. vii-viii

Invocation

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pp. 1-2

1 The Code of Terpsichore

Museum

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pp. 5-6

Latin Class

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pp. 7-8

Umbrella Pines

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p. 9

Primavera

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pp. 10-12

Turnout

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p. 13

Yellow Dancers

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p. 14

Degas’s Men

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p. 15

Dance Class

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p. 16

Dress Rehearsal

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p. 17

Serenade

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pp. 18-19

Scenery

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pp. 20-21

Rehearsal in Summer

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pp. 22-23

The Rehearsal Room

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p. 24

Zero Hour

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p. 25

Blue Dancers

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p. 26

Adagio

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p. 27

Mid-Air

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p. 28

Valedictorian

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p. 29

Chaconne

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p. 30

The Oceana Roll

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pp. 31-32

Exuberance

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p. 33

The Lesson of Orpheus

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pp. 34-36

Translated

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p. 37

Dance of the Snowflakes

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pp. 38-40

The House

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p. 41

Making a Fool of Myself over Maria Kowroski

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pp. 42-43

Sonnambula

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pp. 44-46

2 Danses Macabres

Death Goes to a Party

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p. 49

Death’s Comfort

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p. 50

Death’s Move

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p. 51

Death in Waiting

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p. 52

Death’s Deal

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p. 53

Death Contemplates the Resurrection of Capital Punishment

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p. 54

Death’s Door

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p. 55

Death and the 7-Year-Old Pilot

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p. 56

Sweet Decorum

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p. 57

Matter of Death

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p. 58

First Dance

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p. 59

Horoscope

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p. 60

Death and the Maiden

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p. 61

Death Makes the Man

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p. 62

Death’s Sentence

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p. 63

Death the Dietician

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p. 64

Death’s Theater

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p. 65

Death’s Addiction

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p. 66

Black Angels Play Death and the Maiden

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p. 67

Death’s Animation

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p. 68

Death Sings Lieder

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p. 69

La Valse

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p. 70

Last Dance

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p. 71

Death’s Sympathy

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p. 72

Death’s Love

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p. 73

Death in Disguise

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p. 74

Death’s Portrait

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p. 75

Death the Mother

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p. 76

Death in the Woods

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p. 77

Reception

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p. 78

Breathless

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p. 79

Death at Midnight

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p. 80

Curtain Call

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p. 81

Come Away, Death

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p. 82

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Acknowledgments

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p. 83

Many thanks to the editors of journals where most of these poems originally appeared, sometimes in different form: American Literary Review: “Dress Rehearsal”; Beloit Poetry Journal: “Latin Class”; Chautauqua Literary Review: “Dance Class”; Chelsea: “Breathless,” “Come Away, Death,” “Death at Midnight,” “Death in Disguise,” and “Reception”; Comstock Review: “Death in Waiting”; Confrontation: “Turnout” (as “Turned Out”); ...