Cover

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Half Title, Series Info, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, Quotation

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Contents

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pp. vii-x

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Foreword

Ross Gay

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pp. xi-xiv

About fifteen years ago I was driving to Jersey City on my way to coach basketball, listening to Charlie Haden’s whispery, plaintive version of “Wayfaring Stranger,” and by the time he had trebled through the chorus, “I’m going home to see my father, I’m going there no more to roam,” I was more or less a wreck, tears dragging down my face. ...

I. Mapmaker

The Perch

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pp. 3-4

Nocturnes

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pp. 5-8

Transfer

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First Snow

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p. 10

Waiting for the Sliver of Light

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p. 11

Cartographer

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pp. 12-13

Hudson View

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pp. 14-15

Shorn

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February in New York

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pp. 17-18

Dear—,

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p. 19

Road Mart on St. Nicholas Avenue

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p. 20

Dear—,

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pp. 21-22

Io Moth

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p. 23

The Yellow Mug

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pp. 24-26

II. Migration Story

Self-Portrait at 148th Street & Broadway

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pp. 29-30

Dear—,

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p. 31

DéLana & I

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p. 32

Work

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pp. 33-34

Douce Campagna

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p. 35

Blue Crab

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p. 36

Pilfer

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p. 37

Things My Father Taught Me

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p. 38

The Letter I Never Sent, 2007

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pp. 39-41

Say, Divine

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p. 42

Cerebral

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pp. 43-44

Dear—,

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p. 45

At the Station

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pp. 46-47

West 148th Street Canvas

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p. 48

Migration Story

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p. 49

Dear—,

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pp. 50-51

Weary Kingdom

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p. 52

River Bend

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p. 53

Desert

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p. 54

Beetle

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p. 55

Dear—,

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p. 56

Coyote

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p. 57

Ode to a Bed

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pp. 58-59

Angler

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p. 60

The A Train Drags Its Way Uptown

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pp. 61-62

III. Pomegranate Sky

How Can It Be Time to Leave Me?

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pp. 65-66

Dear Zemar,

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pp. 67-69

What Life Were We Expecting

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pp. 70-71

Credo

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p. 72

Dear—,

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pp. 73-74

Communion

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p. 75

Fist Blooming Open

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p. 76

Knowing the Limits of the Earth

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pp. 77-78

Dear—,

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pp. 79-80

Or Maybe, Apocalypse

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pp. 81-82

How I Remember the Things You Said

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pp. 83-84

147th Street, December

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p. 85

Reflection, Broken

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p. 86

Amoeba

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p. 87

Dear—,

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pp. 88-89

Palinode

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p. 90

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Acknowledgments

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p. 91

Many thanks are owed to the people who have supported me and my work. Most gracious thanks to Nikky Finney, series editor of Palmetto Poetry Series, and Kwame Dawes—who set such vehicle into motion; poet-friends in the struggle: John Murillo, Remica Bingham-Risher, Raina J. Leon, Randall Horton, Philip Williams, ...