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The Double Witness
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Ben Belitt writes, "This volume—my fifth—extends and deepens a preoccupation I have had with the visible and invisible manifestations of people, places, and things. It offers a variety of poems of formal and textural density and, in addition, a system of 'doublings' and 'solitudes' whose oppositions express the drama of reality and appearance."

Originally published in 1978.

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Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. I. THE INVISIBLE EDGE
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. Xerox
  2. pp. 3-4
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  1. Kites: Ars Poetica
  2. pp. 5-5
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  1. Swan Lake
  2. pp. 6-7
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  1. The Repellant
  2. pp. 8-9
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  1. Double Poem of the World's Burning
  2. pp. 10-12
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  1. Full Moon: The Gorge
  2. pp. 13-14
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  1. An Orange in Mérida
  2. pp. 15-15
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  1. The Guanajuato Mummies
  2. pp. 16-18
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  1. II. FROM THE FIREHOUSE
  2. pp. 19-20
  1. From the Firehouse
  2. pp. 21-22
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  1. Cat's Cradle
  2. pp. 23-24
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  1. A Suicide: Paran Creek
  2. pp. 25-26
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  1. The Double-Goer
  2. pp. 27-30
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  1. III. SOLITUDES
  2. pp. 31-32
  1. Fat Tuesday
  2. pp. 33-34
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  1. Boiling the Egg
  2. pp. 35-36
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  1. Journey of Abel Martin
  2. pp. 37-42
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  1. IV. THIS SCRIBE, MY HAND
  2. pp. 43-44
  1. This Scribe, My Hand
  2. pp. 45-52
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  1. V. BLOCK ISLAND: After the Tempest
  2. pp. 53-54
  1. Block Island Crossing
  2. pp. 55-56
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  1. Southeast Lighthouse
  2. pp. 57-58
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  1. Soundings
  2. pp. 59-65
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  1. Freshwater Pond
  2. pp. 66-67
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  1. A Choppy Sea
  2. pp. 68-69
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  1. Nighttown: Block Island
  2. pp. 70-73
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