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Paradox Hill
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With a new introduction by A.E. Stringer, this reprint of Louise McNeill's classic work remains as vivid as when it was first published. Containing poems from several decades of her career, Paradox Hill: From Appalachia to Lunar Shore is a must-have collection of a beloved poet's heartfelt exploration of her physical and cultural surroundings.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. iii-v
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. vi-vii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-11
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  1. Appalachia
  2. p. 12
  1. STORIES AT EVENING (A suburban mother tells stories to her son)
  2. p. 13
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  1. THE ROADS (Appalachia)
  2. p. 14
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  1. BALLAD OF PETE ELLERS
  2. pp. 15-16
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  1. BALLAD OF THE REST HOME
  2. p. 17
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  1. BALLAD OF NEW RIVER
  2. pp. 18-19
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  1. BALLAD OF MISS SALLY
  2. pp. 20-21
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  1. SCOTCH IRISH
  2. p. 22
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  1. MEMORIA
  2. p. 23
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  1. HILL DAUGHTER
  2. p. 24
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  1. FIRST FLIGHT
  2. p. 25
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  1. LIMESTONE CAVERN
  2. p. 26
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  1. SEA AND FIRE
  2. p. 27
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  1. WALK IN AUTUMN
  2. p. 28
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  1. THE ROADS (Rocket-trail)
  2. p. 29
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  1. THE SAILOR
  2. p. 30
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  1. GARDEN MOMENT
  2. p. 31
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  1. ARROW GRASSES BY GREENBRIER RIVER
  2. p. 32
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  1. INVOLVED (The Spider)
  2. p. 33
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  1. BLIZZARD
  2. p. 34
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  1. SNOW ANGELS
  2. pp. 35-36
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  1. THRENODY FOR OLD ORCHARDS
  2. p. 37
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  1. FOX AND GEESE
  2. p. 38
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  1. OVERHEARD ON A BUS (Miner’s Wife)
  2. p. 39
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  1. OVERHEARD ON A BUS (Woman with a cleft palate)
  2. p. 40
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  1. MAYAPPLE HILL
  2. p. 41
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  1. HEART-WOOD
  2. p. 42
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  1. BLUE AND BROWN
  2. p. 43
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  1. GRAVITY
  2. p. 44
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  1. PASTURE LINE FENCE
  2. p. 45
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  1. THE OLD WOMAN
  2. p. 46
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  1. OVER THE MOUNTAIN
  2. pp. 47-49
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  1. Scattered Leaves
  2. p. 50
  1. REFLECTION WITHOUT COLOR
  2. pp. 51-52
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  1. TO THE BOYS IN FRESHMAN HISTORY (Thermopylae—480 B.C.)
  2. pp. 53-54
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  1. THE DREAM
  2. p. 55
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  1. POET
  2. p. 56
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  1. THE CAVE
  2. p. 57
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  1. THE GOLDEN GARDEN OF CUZCO
  2. p. 58
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  1. EDEN TREE
  2. p. 59
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  1. WARNING
  2. p. 60
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  1. TIME—THE PASSAGE OF TIME
  2. p. 61
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  1. CONFESSION
  2. p. 62
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  1. BOATING SONG
  2. p. 63
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  1. THE INVISIBLE LINE
  2. p. 64
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  1. AUBADE TO FEAR
  2. p. 65
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  1. MINUTIAE
  2. pp. 66-68
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  1. UNDER SEA—THE UNICORN (“Canst thou bind the unicorn with his band to the furrow?”)
  2. pp. 69-70
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  1. To Lunar Shore
  2. p. 71
  1. If somewhere in the cooling rocks
  2. p. 72
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  1. OF SOOTHSAYERS
  2. p. 73
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  1. FIRESEED
  2. pp. 74-77
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  1. AFTER THE BLAST
  2. p. 78
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  1. LIFE-FORCE (With acknowledgment to John Donne)
  2. p. 79
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  1. POTHERBS (Of the edible wild plants my granny taught me.)
  2. p. 80
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  1. THE NEW CORBIES
  2. p. 81
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  1. PROPHECY FOR THE ATOMIC AGE
  2. p. 82
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  1. AFTER HEARING A LECTURE ON MODERN PHYSICS
  2. pp. 83-84
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  1. THE MARTIAN BOX (After reading a Space experiment)
  2. p. 85
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  1. THE LOVERS—SPACE AGE
  2. p. 86
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  1. EARTH DAY—1970
  2. p. 87
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  1. WHITE DWARF STARS
  2. p. 88
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  1. SPACE SHIP
  2. p. 89
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  1. PROJECTION TO A SPACE OF LOWER ORDER
  2. p. 90
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  1. LOST IN ORBIT
  2. p. 91
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  1. CHAIN REACTION
  2. p. 92
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  1. “LIGHT”
  2. p. 93
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  1. QUADRILLE OF THE NAKED CONTOURS
  2. p. 94
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  1. EARTH DAY 1971
  2. pp. 95-96
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  1. LETTER WRITTEN AT TWILIGHT
  2. p. 97
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  1. About the Authors
  2. pp. 98-99
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