Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. i-viii

Contents

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pp. ix-xii

Part 1: American Life

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pp. 1-2

Underneath My American Face

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pp. 3-4

I Am Looking for You Now

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p. 5

One Ounce of Forgiveness

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pp. 6-7

Last Night inside My Blood

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p. 8

This Atlantic Language

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p. 9

Trembling in the Temple of Tears at the Feet of Buddha

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pp. 10-11

I Am the Brown Earth Buried

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p. 12

Last Words

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p. 13

Man on the Moon

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pp. 14-15

I Want to Be Once

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p. 16

Another Ah Sunflower!

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p. 17

Jericho Jericho

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pp. 18-19

My Grandmother’s Sweet Voice

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p. 20

Revolution

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p. 21

Blind

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p. 22

Late Autumn Fire

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p. 23

Proof

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p. 24

Taking What Isn’t Yours

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p. 25

Liverpool Morning

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p. 26

Lost in the Past, I Dream

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p. 27

Rereading America

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p. 28

In the Waiting Room

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p. 29

Urban Farming

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pp. 30-31

The Mist Spirit of Everything

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p. 32

Election

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p. 33

Sitdown Detroit 1937

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pp. 34-35

To the Waiting Car with Mr. Salinger, Mr. Lennon, Alice & Me

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p. 36

A Poem of Serious Doubt and Wonder

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pp. 37-38

Hope

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p. 39

Upon Christ’s Entry into Liverpool

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pp. 40-43

Across These Lawns

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pp. 44-45

The Quiet Apple

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p. 46

Part 2: American War

The Kandahar Blues: Dust & Poetry

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p. 49

Hot Heat Jalalabad

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p. 50

Vacant Chair

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p. 51

Winter Meditation

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p. 52

Restrepo’s Shadow

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pp. 53-54

Korengal Valley: Camp Restrepo

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p. 55

Kandahar Mission Briefing

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pp. 56-57

Further On Up the Dusty Afghan Road

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p. 58

Mostly Nothing Happens

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p. 59

Wind, Desert, Dust

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p. 60

Oh! That Anti-War Jesus Again

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pp. 61-62

Part 3: American Psalms

Which Side Are You On?

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p. 65

Public Radio

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p. 66

The Hoodie Blues

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p. 67

What’s All This Pussy Riot?

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p. 68

Tea Party Anyone?

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p. 69

The Working Class

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p. 70

American Atheists: A Fruit and Two Bugs

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p. 71

The Thanksgiving Dinner Blues

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p. 72

Teenage Lust

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p. 73

The Low Cost of Public Education

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pp. 74-75

American Hound Dog

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p. 76

American Beatle

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p. 77

American Silence

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p. 78

Life

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pp. 79-80

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 81-82

I would like to thank, with much deep gratitude, the good friends and wonderfully gifted poets who offered great editing suggestions and advice on this manuscript: Gary Metras, Maria Mazziotti Gillan, Barry Wallenstein. I am indebted to my wonderful team at Wayne...