Cover

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Title page, Copyright

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Contents

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pp. v-viii

Epigraph

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pp. ix-x

I.

The Soul

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p. 3

The Composer Sheds Her Sheet Music

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p. 4

Day of the Dying Apples

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p. 5

Two Chairs Under an Apple Tree

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pp. 6-7

Loss

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p. 8

Poem for Roger Allen

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p. 9

Sound, Freckle, Cluster, Lake Light

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p. 10

Summer Song of Lake Michigan

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pp. 11-12

Yesterday’s Tide

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pp. 13-15

Lessen

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pp. 16-17

“A Gypsy Baby”

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p. 18

Bat

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p. 19

First Evening, Mooselung Pond

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p. 20

Becoming One of Them that I Hear in the Evening

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p. 21

Night Bard

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p. 22

Not Wanting This Poem To Be About Me

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p. 23

Bear

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p. 24

II.

Flesh and Blood

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pp. 27-28

Running Naked

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pp. 29-30

If I Last the Night

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p. 31

A Fable

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p. 32

Morning

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p. 33

Dow’s Crossing

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pp. 34-35

Noon by Mooselung Pond

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p. 36

Butterfly Bush

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p. 37

Heron

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p. 38

Salad of Sorts

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p. 39

Dragonfly of Milkweed Manor

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pp. 40-41

Dead Deer

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p. 42

Garlic Harvest

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p. 43

My Grandfather Chopping Wood

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pp. 44-45

Pinecone

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p. 46

Silencing the Crickets

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pp. 47-48

III.

Farmland

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p. 51

Drinking Mead with John, Bowen, and Evan

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p. 52

Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker

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p. 53

The Poet in the Pinewoods

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p. 54

Correction

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pp. 55-56

A Storm Divided

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p. 57

Still Life Broken By Rain

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p. 58

Meditation

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p. 59

Minnows

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p. 60

Kingfisher of Mooselung Pond

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p. 61

Blackberry

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p. 62

Summer Afternoon

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pp. 63-64

Big Bang as Seen on a Chrysanthemum Stone

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p. 65

Argument

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p. 66

Mooselung Pond, Sunset: Autumn’s Arrival

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p. 67

Birch

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p. 68

Again, My Grandfather Chops Wood

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p. 69

Looking Out the Window with a Spider Web

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p. 70

Destination

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p. 71

Manifest

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pp. 72-73

Becoming an Astronaut

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p. 74

Sleep

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pp. 75-76

Notes

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pp. 77-80

Acknowledgements

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pp. 81-84

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About the HKU International Poetry Prize

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pp. 85-86

The HKU International Poetry Prize, initiated by the School of English at the University of Hong Kong in 2010, is an international award recognizing outstanding poetry written in English. Judged by renowned poets, it celebrates a body of original work in a first book of...