Cover

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Title Page, Copyright Page

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Contents

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pp. v-vi

In Defense of Small Towns

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pp. 1-2

Part I

Requiem

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p. 5

At the Time of My Birth

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p. 6

Ablation as the Creation of Adam

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pp. 7-8

Self-Portrait as the Burning Plains of Eastern Oregon

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pp. 9-10

Sticks and Stones

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pp. 11-12

Self-Portrait with a Spillway

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p. 13

The Poet at Ten

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p. 14

Requiem

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p. 15

Self-Portrait with Taxidermy

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pp. 16-18

How I Learned Quiet

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p. 19

Insomnia as Transfiguration

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p. 20

Cussing in the Playground

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p. 21

Self-Portrait in My Mother’s Shoes

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pp. 22-23

Requiem

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p. 24

Eschatology through a Confluence of Trees

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pp. 25-26

At the Time of My Young Adulthood

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p. 27

Self-Portrait beside a Dead Chestnut Horse

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pp. 28-29

Self-Portrait with Schlitz, a Pickup, and the Snake River

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pp. 30-31

By Addition

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p. 32

Highway Towns

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p. 33

Last Days

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pp. 34-35

Eschatology on Interstate 84 at 70 mph

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p. 36

Self-Portrait with a Car Crash

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pp. 37-38

Requiem

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p. 39

No One Sleeps through the Night

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pp. 40-41

Part II

Autumn Scene as Lullaby

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p. 45

How I Learned Bliss

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p. 46

Self-Portrait on Good Friday as an Altar Boy

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pp. 47-48

Once, Love, I Broke a Window

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pp. 49-50

Meditation with Smoke and Flowers

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pp. 51-52

Requiem

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p. 53

Self-Portrait Descending Slowly into the Atlantic Ocean

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pp. 54-55

At the Time of My Death

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p. 56

Instead, I’m Here to Tell You Very Softly

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p. 57

How I Learned the Obvious

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p. 58

Requiem

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p. 59

Television as a Tool for Remission

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p. 60

How You Came About in the World Bewilders Me as a Cherry Tree Flowering

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p. 61

If, Given

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p. 62

Self-Portrait as a Small Town

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pp. 63-64

Autumn Songs in Four Variations

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pp. 65-68

Ghost Hunting as Physiography

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pp. 69-70

Requiem

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p. 71

Eschatology in Five Acres

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pp. 72-73

Self-Portrait as a Series of Non-Sequential Lessons

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pp. 74-75

The Boy with the Fiddle in a Crowded Square

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p. 76

Colony Collapse Disorder in Honey Bees as Eschatology

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pp. 77-78

Prayer for What Won’t Happen

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pp. 79-80

The Surgical Theater as Spirit Cabinet

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pp. 81-82

By Subtraction

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p. 83

Requiem

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p. 84

Self-Portrait with What Remains

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pp. 85-86

Acknowledgments

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pp. 87-88

Akron Series in Poetry

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pp. 89-90