Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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Contents

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pp. vi-vii

I. First Snow

“Life Before Birth,” A Display

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p. 3

Half-Price Suite at the Park Central

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p. 4

Summering in the Midwest

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p. 5

The Painter Goes Fishing

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p. 6

You Left Me to This House

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p. 7

Vision and Prayer

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pp. 8-9

How to Tempt a Fish

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pp. 10-11

From Abstinence, N.H.

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pp. 12-13

Final Love Note

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p. 14

To Mount Monadnock in Fog

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pp. 15-16

First Snow

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pp. 17-18

Eve to Adam, in Retrospect

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p. 19

The Wood-Burning Stove

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pp. 20-21

Valediction

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p. 22

To the Curious Reader

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pp. 23-24

Mortal Thoughts

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p. 25

II. Claudia Poems

The Young Men of Division Street

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p. 29

Curriculum Vitae

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pp. 30-31

The Good Fortune of Others

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p. 32

Calla Lily Studies

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p. 33

Self-Portrait as Woman Posed on Flowered Couch

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pp. 34-35

En Route

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pp. 36-37

Red Light, Roma

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p. 38

Il Monte

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pp. 39-40

The Imperial Forum

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p. 41

The Sistine Chapel

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p. 42

Back to the Mega-Store

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p. 43

Nightmare

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p. 44

Meditation, Mid-December

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pp. 45-46

Still Life with Pear

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pp. 47-48

Out of Love

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p. 49

A Dialogue in the Park

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p. 50

Among Cows

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p. 51

The Pleasures of Perspective

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p. 52

III. Leave of Absence

Preface to a Gesture

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pp. 55-56

Elegy in Four Parts

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pp. 57-60

To the Peony

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p. 61

To the Tiger in the Shriners’ Parade, Hanover, N.H.

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p. 62

A Mourning Dove in New York City

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p. 63

For a Friend Since Youth

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pp. 64-65

After the Stillbirth, Autumn

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p. 66

An Imaginary Tapestry

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p. 67

To Helen, from Moose Island, Maine

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p. 68

Fra Angelico’s Annunciation, Convent of San Marco

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p. 69

After the Old Testament Lecture,Taking the Shortcut Home

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pp. 70-71

The Lighthouses Are Automated

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p. 72

Winter Morning with Crow

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pp. 73-74

A Freighter in Eastport

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p. 75

Leave of Absence

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p. 76

Notes

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p. 77