Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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Contents

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p. vii

To Carry Water

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pp. 1-2

Get Up, John

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p. 3

Bullethole

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pp. 4-5

Fragments with Dusk in Them

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p. 6

October Suite

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pp. 7-8

Poem Beginning and Ending with Haiku

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p. 9

Boreal

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p. 10

Midst

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p. 11

Some Nights the River

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pp. 12-20

Epithalamium

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p. 21

Rex’s Georgic: Hunting Morels in Last Year’s Burn

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pp. 22-26

Direction

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pp. 27-28

Study for the Ridgeline Blue in Winter

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p. 29

Heron Rookery Aubade

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p. 30

Woodkate, Hackmatack

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p. 31

Motherless Children (Traditional)

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pp. 32-33

Self-Portrait as Dandelion Head Discovered in the Crop of a Partridge

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p. 34

Aftersketch for “Self-Portrait as Dandelion Head Discovered in the Crop of a Partridge”

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p. 35

Van Gogh’s Palette

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p. 36

A History of Barbed Wire

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pp. 37-44

Late Evening Fugue

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pp. 45-46

The Flu, the Bath

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p. 47

Runt Puppies in the Shade under the Porch

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p. 48

Hunting All Day beneath the Long Night Moon

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p. 49

Whittling

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p. 50

Wind’s Heroics

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pp. 51-52

Epithalamium

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p. 53

Koan

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p. 54

Landscape with Scavengers and Bonelight

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p. 55

Elegy with Fall’s Last Filaments

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pp. 56-60

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 61-62

When the carpenter-voice speaks in the last section of “Some Nights the River,” he’s cribbing from Charles Olson, who said “One loves only form, and formonly comes into existence when a thing is born.” “A History of BarbedWire” gathersmuch of its historical information and anecdotes from Barbs, Prongs, Points, Prickers, and Stickers by Robert T. Clifton (University of Oklahoma ...