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Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-xiv

The author would like to thank the editors and staffs of the following journals for their generous support in publishing these poems, in some cases, in earlier versions and/or under altered or different titles. . . . I would also like to thank a bend Press, which published an earlier version of section four as a chapbook titled And Hand. ...

One: The History of the Hand

The History of the Hand

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pp. 3-3

The Prehistory of the Hand

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pp. 4-4

The Hand Thinks

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pp. 5-5

The Hand Defined: 1

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pp. 6-6

The Hand Defined: 2

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pp. 7-7

The Hand Defined: 3

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pp. 8-8

Chirologia, or the Natural Language of the Hand

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pp. 9-9

Of an Alphabet of Steppes

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pp. 10-10

By the Eighteenth Century

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pp. 11-11

A History of the Hand

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pp. 12-12

The Hand as Historical

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pp. 13-13

A History of the Hand

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pp. 14-14

Two: Positions of the Hand

Grasp

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pp. 17-17

Fan

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pp. 18-18

Grip

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pp. 19-19

Hold

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pp. 20-20

Sigh

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pp. 21-21

Juggle

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pp. 22-22

Traveling

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pp. 23-23

Glove

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pp. 24-24

The Mechanics of the Hand

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pp. 25-26

Three: Professions of the Hand

Case Histories: Physical Aphasia

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pp. 29-29

The Hand as Lamp

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pp. 30-30

The Hand as Anchor

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pp. 31-31

The Hand that Caresses

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pp. 32-32

The Hand as Origami

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pp. 33-33

The Hand as 19th-Century Harbor

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pp. 34-34

The Theater of the Hand

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pp. 35-35

The Hand as Ideogram

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pp. 36-36

The Hand as Window

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pp. 37-37

The Hand as Mansion

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pp. 38-38

The Hand as Sun God

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pp. 39-39

The Hand Polishes

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pp. 40-41

Expression

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pp. 42-42

The Hand as Staircase

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pp. 43-43

The Hand as Nest

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pp. 44-44

The Hand as Mango

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pp. 45-46

Four: Representations of the Hand

The Hands’ Testament

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pp. 49-49

The Hands Testify

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pp. 50-50

The Hand Painted In

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pp. 51-51

The Hand Sculpted

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pp. 52-52

The Hand Etched in Glass

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pp. 53-53

The Hand Sketched

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pp. 54-54

The Hand Photographed

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pp. 55-55

The Hand in Fresco

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pp. 56-56

Five: The Anatomy of the Hand

Intro to the Palmar View

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pp. 59-59

The Palmar View

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pp. 60-60

The Palmar View, Continued

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pp. 61-61

Palmar 3

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pp. 62-62

Fingers 1

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pp. 63-63

Fingers 2

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pp. 64-64

Fingers: Alignment

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pp. 65-65

Alignment, Continued

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pp. 66-66

Fingertips

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pp. 67-67

The Hand: Lower View: Oblique

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pp. 68-68

The Bevel Itself

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pp. 69-69

Knuckles

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pp. 70-70

The Thumb: Based On

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pp. 71-71

The Intern's Problem

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pp. 72-72

The Thumb, In Sum

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pp. 73-73

The Hand: Branching Out

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pp. 74-74

The Hand: Back View, Fingers Arches

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pp. 75-75

The Hand: Other Arches

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pp. 76-76

The Fist

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pp. 77-77

The Anatomy of Trees

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pp. 78-78

The Mechanics of the Hand

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pp. 79-80

Six: American Sign Language

Signs

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pp. 83-83

The Manual Alphabet

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pp. 84-84

Understanding the Past, Present, and Future

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pp. 85-85

Pronouns

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pp. 86-86

Thinking and Feeling

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pp. 87-87

Flood

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pp. 88-88

Garden

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pp. 89-89

Rain

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pp. 90-90

Ghost (Holy)

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pp. 91-91

Deer

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pp. 92-92

Evening

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pp. 93-93

To Form the Simple Past

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pp. 94-94

The Present Perfect: To Have

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pp. 95-95

Sun

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pp. 96-96

Animal

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pp. 97-98

Seven: Shadow Puppets

The First Movies

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pp. 101-101

Birds

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pp. 102-102

Birds

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pp. 103-103

Birds

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pp. 104-104

Advances in the Form

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pp. 105-106

Eight: A Manual of Gesture: Public Speaking for the Gentleman (1879)

Right Hand Descending Oblique Prone

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pp. 109-109

Right Hand Horizontal Front Prone

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pp. 110-110

Right Hand Ascending Lateral Supine

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pp. 111-111

Right Hand Ascending Oblique Vertical

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pp. 112-112

Both Hands Descending Lateral Prone

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pp. 113-114

Nine: Paintings of Possible Hands

Wilton Diptych, 1395

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pp. 117-117

Fra Angelico, Cell 7, San Marco, 1438-43

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pp. 118-118

Dominique Ingres, Venus at Paphos, 1852–53

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pp. 119-119

Auguste Rodin, Cathedral, 1908

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pp. 120-120

Marc Chagall, Self-Portrait with Seven Fingers, 1912

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pp. 121-121

Marcel Duchamp, Portrait of Doctor Raymond Dumouchel, 1910

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pp. 122-122

Rembrandt van Rijn, The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicholaes Tulp, detail, 1632

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pp. 123-123

Norman Bluhm and Frank O’Hara, Hand, 1960

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pp. 124-124

Sean Scully, Landline Sand, 1999

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pp. 125-126