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Ascending Order
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Ascending Order is the work of a poet in midcareer who has thought hard about the circumstances of his past and present, and found an attitude, part concerned and part amused, that serves him well in both his life and his art. The poems in William Greenway’s new book range widely, from memories of childhood and family through meditations on works of art, from humourous topics such as the cars in Hell’s garage or a dead celebrity golf tournament to deep-felt contemplations of cultures American and otherwise or the ailments of middle age and the shadows of mortality. But whether the subjects are serious or playful, the rich vision and inventive language displayed in these poems are Greenway’s alone.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. I The Dead Go on Before Us
  2. p. 1
  1. My Father, Driving South
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  1. Lamb of God, Inc.
  2. p. 4
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  1. I Have Chosen You out of the World
  2. p. 5
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  1. Deadbeats
  2. p. 6
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  1. Lot
  2. pp. 7-8
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  1. A Woman Brought to Child
  2. pp. 9-10
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  1. If Thou Hadst Been Here, My Brother Had Not Died
  2. pp. 11-12
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  1. The Second Verse
  2. pp. 13-14
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  1. The Child Suicides
  2. pp. 15-16
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  1. Them
  2. p. 17
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  1. Resurrections
  2. p. 18
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  1. The Dead Go on Before Us
  2. p. 19
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  1. Author of the Year
  2. pp. 20-22
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  1. II Running the Body
  2. p. 23
  1. Cupidity
  2. p. 25
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  1. Needles
  2. pp. 26-27
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  1. Still Life with Chili and Onions
  2. pp. 28-29
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  1. Lust at Christmas
  2. p. 30
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  1. My Pills
  2. p. 31
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  1. The End of Loving
  2. p. 32
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  1. Greek to Me
  2. pp. 33-34
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  1. Aesop at Sixty
  2. p. 35
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  1. Tests
  2. p. 36
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  1. Sugar
  2. p. 37
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  1. Breedlove
  2. p. 38
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  1. Running the Body
  2. pp. 39-40
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  1. III Ascending Order
  2. p. 41
  1. Mississippi Moon
  2. pp. 43-44
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  1. The Poet, Calling the Kettle Black
  2. p. 45
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  1. The Punishment of Days
  2. p. 46
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  1. Priscilla
  2. pp. 47-48
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  1. The Last Annual Dead Celebrity Charity Golf Tournament
  2. pp. 49-50
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  1. Prostrate
  2. p. 51
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  1. Ascending Order
  2. p. 52
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  1. Dreaming Gone with the Wind
  2. pp. 53-54
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  1. Hell’s Garage
  2. pp. 55-56
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  1. Flock
  2. p. 57
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  1. The Tire of Babel
  2. p. 58
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  1. Dead Mouse Car
  2. p. 59
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  1. Climbing Mount Wilson
  2. pp. 60-61
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  1. Waiting in the Flu Line
  2. pp. 62-64
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  1. IV Man Goeth to His Long Home
  2. p. 65
  1. Natural History
  2. pp. 67-68
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  1. In the National Gallery
  2. pp. 69-70
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  1. Michelangelo’s Erection
  2. p. 71
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  1. The Toilets of Cathedrals
  2. pp. 72-73
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  1. Tyson’s Pygmy
  2. p. 74
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  1. The Leg of Mutton Nude
  2. pp. 75-77
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  1. First Impression
  2. p. 78
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  1. Ennui
  2. pp. 79-80
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  1. Man Goeth to His Long Home
  2. pp. 81-82
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  1. White Buildings by Water with Steps Going Down
  2. pp. 83-84
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  1. V Fell Walking in Long Light
  2. p. 85
  1. Stick Figures in a Landscape
  2. pp. 87-88
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  1. Halloween in Wales
  2. pp. 89-90
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  1. Pennyhitch Hill
  2. pp. 91-92
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  1. Before the Fire
  2. p. 93
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  1. The Celtic Men’s Club
  2. p. 94
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  1. Ponies on the Skyline
  2. pp. 95-96
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  1. O’Carolan’s Farewell to Music
  2. p. 97
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  1. Fell Walking in Long Light
  2. p. 98
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  1. Toad’s Wild Ride
  2. pp. 99-100
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  1. About
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