Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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Contents

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pp. vii-xi

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Preface

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pp. xiii-xv

Anyone opening this anthology may have, at the beginning, some questions about the book: Why now? Why these two editors? And why these poems? The first of these questions is the easiest to answer. In 2003, Ohio ...

Beautiful Ohio

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p. xvii

Along the Waters

River by River

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pp. 3-4

Lake Hope in Early Spring

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p. 5

Crossing Mac-O-Chee Creek

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p. 6

The Gorge

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pp. 7-8

Wingfoot Lake (Independence Day, 1964)

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pp. 9-10

Fast Opera

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p. 11

Twentieth-Century Cave Painting,Circa 1975

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p. 12

Selling Books at the James Wright Festival in Martins Ferry, Ohio

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pp. 13-14

The Swan at Edgewater Park

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p. 15

September, Edgewater Park

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pp. 16-17

In Ohio: The Names of Rivers

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p. 18

Dorothy with Richard

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p. 19

Beaver Creek

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p. 20

the barges at night on the ohio river

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pp. 21-22

Puberty

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p. 23

The Stretch of River between Belpre and Marietta

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pp. 24-25

Final Nature Poem on the Little Cuyahoga

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p. 26

Anniversary Poem

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pp. 27-28

Home in Ohio

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p. 29

Down Country Roads

Lost in Ohio

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p. 33

Homesick

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p. 34

The Family Farm

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p. 35

Driving through Ohio

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p. 36

Not Poor

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p. 37

Two Muses Discuss Arrowheads

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p. 38

In Ohio

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p. 39

The Sumac in Ohio

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p. 40

Ohio Farm House, ca. 1846

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pp. 41-42

Losing Grace

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pp. 43-44

Dixie

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pp. 45-49

Sunday Morning Apples

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p. 50

Good Friday at the Rookery

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pp. 51-52

The Amish Farmer’s Daughter

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pp. 53-54

The Curse of Purslane

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p. 55

The Black Walnut Tree

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pp. 56-57

Stark County Holidays

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pp. 58-59

Taraxacum Officinale

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pp. 60-61

Summer of 1912

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p. 62

The Compost Bin

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p. 63

Benefits of Geauga County

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p. 64

Suckering Tobacco (Miami County, Ohio)

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p. 65

American Beauty (R.R. #1, Covington, Ohio)

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p. 67

Moose Ridge Apple Wine

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pp. 68-73

Regional Bird

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p. 74

Rebecca Devanney, 1954–1981

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pp. 75-76

Roof, Ohio Territory

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p. 77

Finding Wild Bees on My Sister’s Farm near Baltimore, Ohio

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p. 78

Tree Ferns

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p. 79

Mennonite Funeral in Southwest Ohio

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pp. 80-81

Homage to the Corn

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pp. 82-83

Losing Ohio

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p. 84

Through Small Towns

Autumn Begins in Martins Ferry, Ohio

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p. 87

Spring Begins in Hinckley, Ohio

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pp. 88-89

The Lights of Chillicothe

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p. 90

Leaving Downtown Marietta, Ohio, 1983

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p. 91

War Brides’ Dinner

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p. 92

Death

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p. 93

Near Liberty, Ohio

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p. 94

Nelson Ledges, 1948

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p. 95

Leading Them Back

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p. 96

That Summer, Joe, and Prison

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pp. 97-98

Tractors

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pp. 99-100

Fall in Reily, Ohio

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p. 101

Brick

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pp. 102-103

The Future of Lorain, Ohio

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p. 104

At Marietta, Ohio

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p. 105

310 Murdock Street (Mingo Junction, Ohio)

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p. 106

Drowning in Ohio

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p. 107

Black Cat in Byhalia

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pp. 108-110

Beulah

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p. 111

Walking the Streets of Portsmouth, Ohio, 1977

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pp. 112-113

Baking Pies

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p. 114

Approaching Chester, Ohio

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p. 115

Basic Writing, Marion Correctional

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pp. 116-117

Midwest: Ode

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pp. 118-119

Route 4

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pp. 120-121

Elegy in the Form of an Invitation

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pp. 122-123

In the Cities

Porphyro in Akron

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pp. 127-129

Church of Rose of Lima, Cincinnati

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p. 130

Immigrant Children at Union School

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p. 131

One for the Ladies at the Troy Laundry Who Cooled Themselves for Zimmer

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p. 132

The Eisenhower Years

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pp. 133-134

May I Ask You a Question, Mr. Youngstown Sheet & Tube?

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p. 135

Secrest Arboretum,My Tenth Year in Wooster

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pp. 136-137

Mary Oliver Would

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pp. 138-139

In a Steelworker’s Bed

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p. 140

cicadas

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pp. 141-142

Rust Belt

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p. 143

Advent

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p. 144

Between Pittsburgh and Cleveland

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p. 145

My Father’s Secret

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pp. 146-147

Nine of Clubs, Cleveland, Ohio

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pp. 148-150

A Dock Poem

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p. 151

December Wake, Youngstown

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p. 152

Cleveland, Angels, Ogres, Trolls

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p. 153

East Akron

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pp. 154-155

Strolling over the Rhine in Cincinnati

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p. 156

Lament for My Brother

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p. 157

Love Songs for Cleveland

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pp. 158-160

One for the Rose

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pp. 161-162

Beyond Even This

Beyond Even This

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p. 165

The Buckeye

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pp. 166-167

Ohio Highway

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pp. 168-169

German Village

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pp. 170-171

Ohio

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pp. 172-173

Godspeed

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pp. 174-175

Now, Children, Let Us All Rise and Sing the State Song

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pp. 176-178

The Buckeye Sestina

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pp. 179-180

Ohio Haiku

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pp. 181-182

John Chapman

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pp. 183-184

Tecumseh

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pp. 185-186

Ohio

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p. 187

Three Miles from Luckey

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pp. 188-189

The Breathers

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pp. 190-191

How We Argue

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pp. 192-194

Buckeye

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p. 195

Contributors

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pp. 197-211

Credits

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pp. 213-218

Index of Poets and Titles

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pp. 219-221