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Delicate Bait
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In Delicate Bait, Roger Mitchell explores the small histories of the self in the larger world, intent on giving everything its just place and name. The poems roam over field and seashore and city, "inventing a world so similar to the world itself/ it becomes the world." Whether musing on the past or searching for "something even memory can't reach," Mitchell faces up to "the wobble of most things human," with a combination of stoicism and wonder and a language as supple as the spoken word. Winner of the 2002 Akron Poetry Prize.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. I
  2. p. 1
  1. Aunt El
  2. pp. 3-4
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  1. Outside of Town
  2. p. 5
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  1. Destin
  2. p. 6
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  1. Reading the Latest History of the Bomb
  2. p. 7
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  1. Spinout
  2. pp. 8-9
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  1. The Next One
  2. p. 10
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  1. Listening
  2. pp. 11-13
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  1. Go Ahead
  2. p. 14
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  1. Strange Bloom
  2. p. 15
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  1. At the Mall, Late
  2. p. 16
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  1. To Molly on Her Sixteenth Birthday
  2. p. 17
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  1. Truth of the Matter
  2. pp. 18-19
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  1. There We Are
  2. pp. 20-21
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  1. Venice, 1979
  2. p. 22
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  1. Repairman
  2. p. 23
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  1. Motels
  2. pp. 24-25
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  1. Taxi Dancer, Montana, 1936
  2. p. 26
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  1. Museum of Local History
  2. pp. 27-28
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  1. Why We’re Here
  2. p. 29
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  1. Retirements in the Neighborhood
  2. p. 30
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  1. Clearing in the West
  2. p. 31
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  1. Thrown Back Light
  2. p. 32
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  1. On a Chinese Scroll, Composing Poetry on a Spring Outing (Late 12th Century)
  2. pp. 33-34
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  1. Letter to Jim Doyle
  2. pp. 35-36
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  1. For a Christening in Innishannon
  2. p. 37
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  1. Milton’s Grave
  2. p. 38
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  1. The Table
  2. pp. 39-40
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  1. Delicate Bait
  2. pp. 41-43
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  1. An Afternoon’s Walk
  2. pp. 44-45
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  1. Alone in the House
  2. pp. 46-47
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  1. Summers at the Lake
  2. p. 48
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  1. Planting Trees
  2. p. 49
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  1. II
  2. p. 51
  1. Digging: Metal and Glass
  2. p. 53
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  1. No Distance
  2. p. 54
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  1. For Instance
  2. pp. 55-57
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  1. Now and a Pile of Sticks
  2. p. 58
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  1. The Way Two Horses Stand
  2. p. 59
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  1. Reasonable Conversation
  2. pp. 60-61
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  1. These Days
  2. p. 62
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  1. Local Habitation
  2. pp. 63-65
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  1. Free Fall
  2. pp. 66-67
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  1. Wire Fences
  2. p. 68
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  1. Man Walking Home with a Stick
  2. pp. 69-70
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  1. Middle of the Street
  2. pp. 71-72
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  1. Farmers
  2. p. 73
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  1. Glancing out the Window
  2. p. 74
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  1. Accidental Archaeology
  2. p. 75
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  1. Farming
  2. p. 76
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  1. The Place We Came Ashore
  2. p. 77
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  1. Dispersal
  2. p. 78
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  1. The Meadow
  2. pp. 79-80
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  1. Naming the Grasses
  2. pp. 81-82
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  1. Yes
  2. pp. 83-85
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  1. Bad Sit
  2. pp. 86-87
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  1. Wind from the South
  2. p. 88
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  1. The Fox
  2. p. 89
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  1. Free Coaster
  2. pp. 90-91
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  1. Crystal of Gloom
  2. p. 92
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  1. Gully
  2. pp. 93-94
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  1. Love Song, in Phoebe
  2. pp. 95-96
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  1. Note
  2. p. 101
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  1. About
  2. pp. 110-113
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