Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, Epigraph

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-x

Part I

Nocturne

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p. 3

He Awakens Our Imagination, Our Desire to Transform

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pp. 4-5

A Polarized Scene

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p. 6

Flavor Is the Price of Scarlet

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pp. 7-8

Questioning Diurnal Thinking

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p. 9

The Sound of the Wind in Newport

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pp. 10-11

After the Storm Passes

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p. 12

Some Questions about De-extinction

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pp. 13-14

Medusa Likens Her Gifts to Pseudoscience

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p. 15

On the Violence of Doubt

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pp. 16-17

Pictures at an Exposition

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pp. 18-19

Haibun on the 650-lb Grand Piano Standing Upright in Biscayne Bay

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p. 20

Pythia of the Fields

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pp. 21-22

Mysteries of the Sightline of the Ever-Virgin Mother

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p. 23

When the Crickets Clash

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pp. 24-25

The Need for Ornamental Hermits Is on the Decline

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p. 26

The Homeopath Is a Confectioner

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pp. 27-28

Unsung Elegies Offend

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pp. 29-30

As Winter Ends, We Marvel at the Sun

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pp. 31-32

Part II

The Imaginary Space Where Parallel Lines Intersect

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p. 35

Missed Connection

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p. 36

Alternate Plumage

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p. 37

First Impression as Enchiridion or Score

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p. 38

Intricacies of Our Japanese Puzzle Box

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pp. 39-40

On Social Graces

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p. 41

A Pagan Love Story

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p. 42

The Heart Is No Shapeshifter

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pp. 43-44

Hymn

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p. 45

In the Alternate Universe

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p. 46

It's Hubris Makes Us Think Ourselves Large

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pp. 47-48

A World Made of String

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p. 49

When the Difference Is Almost Nil

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pp. 50-51

Revision

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p. 52

Two Kinds of Conception

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p. 53

Creation Myth

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pp. 54-55

Lament, with a Line from Tennyson

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p. 56

The Chosen

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pp. 57-58

A Cunning Ecosystem

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pp. 59-60

Corrosives

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pp. 61-62

On the Flood, Grown More Perilous

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pp. 63-64

Sometimes, We Think of Our Place in the World

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pp. 65-66

A Bird in the Hand Is Worth Two in the Bush

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p. 67

Wabi Sabi

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p. 68

A SIngle Mulberry Tree and a Colony of SIlkworms Hanging Like Fruit

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pp. 69-70

Part III

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pp. 71-72

It's Not Glossolalia,

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pp. 73-74

Vantage

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p. 75

What Returns from Sea

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pp. 76-77

Kintsugi

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pp. 78-79

What Bedtime Stories Become

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pp. 80-81

Divination

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pp. 82-83

We'll know to imagine the horse's snout, the gelatinous head of the octopus

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p. 84

Resonance

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p. 85

A Lesson in Sight

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p. 86

Yugen

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p. 87

Dawn

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pp. 88-89

Not Ruins: Reclamations

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p. 90

Shibui

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pp. 91-92

Minka

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pp. 93-94

Understanding by Comparison

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p. 95

Everything Beautiful Has a Name

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p. 96

Material and Transcendent

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pp. 97-98

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 99-100

Many thanks to the editors of the publications in which these poems first appeared, sometimes in slightly different forms: Animal: A Beast of a Literary Magazine (“When the Crickets Clash”); Conduit (“On the Violence of Doubt”); Cream City Review...

Glossary

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pp. 101-102

Index of First Lines

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pp. 103-105

New Poetry and Prose Series

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pp. 106-108