Cover

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Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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pp. ix-xiv

Nude Descending a Staircase (1961)

First Confession

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p. 3

Solitary Confinement

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p. 4

On a Child Who Lived One Minute

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p. 5

Faces from a Bestiary

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p. 6

Nude Descending a Staircase

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p. 7

The Autumn in Norfolk Shipyard

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p. 8

Warning to Sculptors

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p. 9

Lewis Carroll

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p. 10

In a Prominent Bar in Secaucus One Day

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pp. 11-12

Barking Dog Blues

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p. 13

Inscriptions after Fact

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pp. 14-18

At the Stoplight by the Paupers’ Graves

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p. 19

Little Elegy

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p. 20

Ladies Looking for Lice

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p. 21

B Negative

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pp. 22-24

At the Ghostwriter’s Deathbed

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p. 25

Rondel

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p. 26

One A.M. with Voices

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pp. 27-28

Growing into Love (1969)

Cross Ties

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p. 31

Poets

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p. 32

Nothing in Heaven Functions As It Ought

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p. 33

Creation Morning

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p. 34

Traveler’s Warnings

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pp. 35-38

Reading Trip

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pp. 39-42

Requiem in Hoboken

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p. 43

For a Maiden Lady

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p. 44

Pottery Class

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p. 45

Absentminded Bartender

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p. 46

Loose Woman

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p. 47

Ant Trap

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pp. 48-49

West Somerville, Mass.

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pp. 50-54

Ode

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p. 55

Two Apparitions

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p. 56

Artificer

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p. 57

Daughter in the House

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p. 58

The Shorter View

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p. 59

Giving in to You

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p. 60

Slim Volumes

Song: Great Chain of Being

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pp. 63-64

Consumer’s Report

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p. 65

The Atheist’s Stigmata

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p. 66

In a Secret Field

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p. 67

Mining Town

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p. 68

Schizophrenic Girl

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p. 69

Evening Tide

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p. 70

A Little Night Music

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p. 71

Celebrations After the Death of John Brennan (1974)

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pp. 72-75

Talking Dust Bowl Blues

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p. 76

Song to the Tune of “Somebody Stole My Gal”

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pp. 77-78

Cross Ties: Selected Poems (1985)

In a Dry Season

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p. 81

A Footpath Near Gethsemane

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p. 82

Dirty English Potatoes

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p. 83

Goblet

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p. 84

Aunt Rectita’s Good Friday

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p. 85

Hangover Mass

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p. 86

One-night Homecoming

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p. 87

October

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p. 88

Joshua

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p. 89

Old Men Pitching Horseshoes

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p. 90

To Dorothy on Her Exclusion from The Guinness Book of World Records

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p. 91

At the Last Rites for Two Hotrodders

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p. 92

Flitting Flies

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pp. 93-94

The Death of Professor Backwards

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p. 95

At Brown Crane Pavilion

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p. 96

On the Proposed Seizure of Twelve Graves in a Colonial Cemetery

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pp. 97-98

A Beardsley Moment

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pp. 99-100

Dark Horses (1992)

The Arm

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p. 103

Twelve Dead, Hundreds Homeless

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p. 104

The Waterbury Cross

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p. 105

Veterinarian

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p. 106

The Animals You Eat

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p. 107

Snug

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p. 108

Overnight Pass

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p. 109

Two from Guillaume Apollinaire

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pp. 110-111

To the Writers Forbidden to Write

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p. 112

Terse Elegy for J. V. Cunningham

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p. 113

On Being Accused of Wit

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p. 114

Emily Dickinson Leaves a Message to the World Now that Her Homestead in Amherst Has an Answering Machine

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p. 115

The Withdrawn Gift

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p. 116

On the Square

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pp. 117-118

Dump

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pp. 119-120

Summer Children

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p. 121

Tableau Intime

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p. 122

Finis

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p. 123

Black Velvet Art

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p. 124

The Lords of Misrule (2002)

“The Purpose of Time Is to Prevent Everything from Happening at Once”

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p. 127

Jimmy Harlow

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p. 128

Naomi Trimmer

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pp. 129-130

Five-and-Dime, Late Thirties

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pp. 131-132

Sailors with the Clap

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p. 133

For Allen Ginsberg

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p. 134

Thebes: In the Robber Village

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p. 135

Close Call

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p. 136

Street Moths

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p. 137

Décor

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p. 138

The Ballad of Fenimore Woolson and Henry James

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pp. 139-144

A Scandal in the Suburbs

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p. 145

To His Lover, That She Be Not Overdressed

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p. 146

The Blessing of the Bikes

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pp. 147-148

Sharing the Score

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p. 149

A Curse on a Thief

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p. 150

Pie

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p. 151

Shriveled Meditation

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p. 152

Meditation in the Bedroom of General Francisco Franco

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p. 153

Maples in January

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p. 154

September Twelfth, 2001

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pp. 155-156

New Poems

Panic in the Carwash

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p. 159

At Paestum

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p. 160

Rites

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p. 161

Small House Torn Down To Build a Larger

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p. 162

Uncertain Burial

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p. 163

Innocent Times

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p. 164

Epiphany

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p. 165

Furnished Rental

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p. 166

Brotherhood

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p. 167

Death of a Window Washer

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p. 168

Pacifier

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p. 169

Geometry

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p. 170

Silent Cell Phones

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p. 171

Fireflies

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p. 172

Mrs. Filbert’s Golden Quarters

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p. 173

Jerry Christmas

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pp. 174-175

Poor People in Church

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pp. 176-177

Sonnet Beginning with a Line and a Half Abandoned by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

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p. 178

God’s Obsequies

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pp. 179-180

Storehouse

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p. 181

At the Antiques Fair

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p. 182

Secret River

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p. 183

Command Decision

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p. 184

Bald Eagle

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pp. 185-186

Meeting a Friend Again After Thirty Years

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p. 187

Finding a Tintype

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p. 188

Out of Tune with the Stars

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pp. 189-190

Envoi

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pp. 191-192

Notes

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pp. 193-196

Index of Titles and First Lines

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pp. 197-206

Credits

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pp. 207-208

Poetry Titles in the Series

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p. 209