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I Have My Own Song for It: Modern Poems of Ohio gathers together 117 poems by 85 poets for a fresh perspective on the Buckeye State. Not since 1911 has there been a comprehensive collection of poems written about Ohio. And this anthology is especially relevant as Ohio celebrates its 200th year as a state. It could be called Ohio’s bicentennial gift to itself. These poems, written by such celebrated Ohio natives as James Wright and Mary Oliver, and by accomplished if less well known poets like Ruth L. Schwartz and Rachel Langille, offer a virtual tour of people and places in the state, traveling around Ohio’s lakes and rivers, farms and open country, small towns and large cities. In resonant language and compelling imagery, in shapely verse and lines responsive to the moment’s impulse, the poems bring Ohio to its citizens and, beyond the borders of the state, to lovers of poetry everywhere. The perspective may be personal or historical, close-up or wide-ranging, celebratory or otherwise, but each poem becomes part of the state’s legacy passed on to future generations, a collective record of how Ohio appears to itself and to others at the begining of the 21st century.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-xi
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xiii-xv
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  1. Beautiful Ohio
  2. p. xvii
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  1. Along the Waters
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  1. River by River
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  1. Lake Hope in Early Spring
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  1. Crossing Mac-O-Chee Creek
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  1. The Gorge
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  1. Wingfoot Lake (Independence Day, 1964)
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  1. Fast Opera
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  1. Twentieth-Century Cave Painting,Circa 1975
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  1. Selling Books at the James Wright Festival in Martins Ferry, Ohio
  2. pp. 13-14
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  1. The Swan at Edgewater Park
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  1. September, Edgewater Park
  2. pp. 16-17
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  1. In Ohio: The Names of Rivers
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  1. Dorothy with Richard
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  1. Beaver Creek
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  1. the barges at night on the ohio river
  2. pp. 21-22
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  1. Puberty
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  1. The Stretch of River between Belpre and Marietta
  2. pp. 24-25
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  1. Final Nature Poem on the Little Cuyahoga
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  1. Anniversary Poem
  2. pp. 27-28
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  1. Home in Ohio
  2. p. 29
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  1. Down Country Roads
  2. p. 31
  1. Lost in Ohio
  2. p. 33
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  1. Homesick
  2. p. 34
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  1. The Family Farm
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  1. Driving through Ohio
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  1. Not Poor
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  1. Two Muses Discuss Arrowheads
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  1. In Ohio
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  1. The Sumac in Ohio
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  1. Ohio Farm House, ca. 1846
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  1. Losing Grace
  2. pp. 43-44
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  1. Dixie
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  1. Sunday Morning Apples
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  1. Good Friday at the Rookery
  2. pp. 51-52
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  1. The Amish Farmer’s Daughter
  2. pp. 53-54
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  1. The Curse of Purslane
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  1. The Black Walnut Tree
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  1. Stark County Holidays
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  1. Taraxacum Officinale
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  1. Summer of 1912
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  1. The Compost Bin
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  1. Benefits of Geauga County
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  1. Suckering Tobacco (Miami County, Ohio)
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  1. American Beauty (R.R. #1, Covington, Ohio)
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  1. Moose Ridge Apple Wine
  2. pp. 68-73
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  1. Regional Bird
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  1. Rebecca Devanney, 1954–1981
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  1. Roof, Ohio Territory
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  1. Finding Wild Bees on My Sister’s Farm near Baltimore, Ohio
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  1. Tree Ferns
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  1. Mennonite Funeral in Southwest Ohio
  2. pp. 80-81
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  1. Homage to the Corn
  2. pp. 82-83
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  1. Losing Ohio
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  1. Through Small Towns
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  1. Autumn Begins in Martins Ferry, Ohio
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  1. Spring Begins in Hinckley, Ohio
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  1. The Lights of Chillicothe
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  1. Leaving Downtown Marietta, Ohio, 1983
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  1. War Brides’ Dinner
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  1. Death
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  1. Near Liberty, Ohio
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  1. Nelson Ledges, 1948
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  1. Leading Them Back
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  1. That Summer, Joe, and Prison
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  1. Tractors
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  1. Fall in Reily, Ohio
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  1. Brick
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  1. The Future of Lorain, Ohio
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  1. At Marietta, Ohio
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  1. 310 Murdock Street (Mingo Junction, Ohio)
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  1. Drowning in Ohio
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  1. Black Cat in Byhalia
  2. pp. 108-110
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  1. Beulah
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  1. Walking the Streets of Portsmouth, Ohio, 1977
  2. pp. 112-113
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  1. Baking Pies
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  1. Approaching Chester, Ohio
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  1. Basic Writing, Marion Correctional
  2. pp. 116-117
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  1. Midwest: Ode
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  1. Route 4
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  1. Elegy in the Form of an Invitation
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  1. In the Cities
  2. p. 125
  1. Porphyro in Akron
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  1. Church of Rose of Lima, Cincinnati
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  1. Immigrant Children at Union School
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  1. One for the Ladies at the Troy Laundry Who Cooled Themselves for Zimmer
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  1. The Eisenhower Years
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  1. May I Ask You a Question, Mr. Youngstown Sheet & Tube?
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  1. Secrest Arboretum,My Tenth Year in Wooster
  2. pp. 136-137
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  1. Mary Oliver Would
  2. pp. 138-139
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  1. In a Steelworker’s Bed
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  1. cicadas
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  1. Rust Belt
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  1. Advent
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  1. Between Pittsburgh and Cleveland
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  1. My Father’s Secret
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  1. Nine of Clubs, Cleveland, Ohio
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  1. A Dock Poem
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  1. December Wake, Youngstown
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  1. Cleveland, Angels, Ogres, Trolls
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  1. East Akron
  2. pp. 154-155
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  1. Strolling over the Rhine in Cincinnati
  2. p. 156
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  1. Lament for My Brother
  2. p. 157
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  1. Love Songs for Cleveland
  2. pp. 158-160
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  1. One for the Rose
  2. pp. 161-162
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  1. Beyond Even This
  2. p. 163
  1. Beyond Even This
  2. p. 165
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  1. The Buckeye
  2. pp. 166-167
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  1. Ohio Highway
  2. pp. 168-169
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  1. German Village
  2. pp. 170-171
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  1. Ohio
  2. pp. 172-173
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  1. Godspeed
  2. pp. 174-175
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  1. Now, Children, Let Us All Rise and Sing the State Song
  2. pp. 176-178
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  1. The Buckeye Sestina
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  1. Ohio Haiku
  2. pp. 181-182
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  1. John Chapman
  2. pp. 183-184
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  1. Tecumseh
  2. pp. 185-186
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  1. Ohio
  2. p. 187
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  1. Three Miles from Luckey
  2. pp. 188-189
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  1. The Breathers
  2. pp. 190-191
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  1. How We Argue
  2. pp. 192-194
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  1. Buckeye
  2. p. 195
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 197-211
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  1. Credits
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  1. Index of Poets and Titles
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