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The Whole Motion

Collected Poems, 1945-1992

James Dickey

Publication Year: 1992

For over three decades, James Dickey has been one of the nation's most important poets and a prominent man of letters. The Whole Motion collects his poetic oeuvre into a single volume: 235 poems from his first book, Into the Stone (1960), to The Eagle's Mile (1990), along with previously uncollected poems and unpublished "apprentice" works.

Published by: Wesleyan University Press

Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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pp. vii-xvi

Summons

The Place of the Skull

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pp. 3

The Baggage King

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pp. 3-4

Patience: In the Mill

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pp. 4-5

The Liberator Explodes

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pp. 5-6

The Place of the Skull

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pp. 7-8

Obstructions

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pp. 8-10

The Confrontation of the Hero

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pp. 10-13

The Courtship

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pp. 13-14

Peacetime: Seeking the Chosen

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pp. 15

A Morning

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pp. 15

Drifting

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pp. 16-17

Adam in Winter

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pp. 17-19

Lazarus to the Assembled

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pp. 19-20

Paestum

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pp. 20-23

Via Appia

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pp. 24-25

Wall and Cloud

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pp. 25

The Rafters

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pp. 26-27

The Sprinter at Forty

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pp. 27-29

Walking the Fire Line

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pp. 29-30

Seeking the Chosen

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pp. 30-31

The Angel of the Maze

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pp. 31-35

Blowgun and Rattlesnake

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pp. 36-38

At the Home for Unwed Mothers

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pp. 39-40

Reading Genesis to a Blind Child

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pp. 40-42

HOMAGES

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pp. 43

Walter Armistead

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pp. 43-44

For Richard Wilbur

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pp. 44

For Robert Bhain Campbell

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pp. 45-46

Into the Stone

Sleeping Out at Easter

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pp. 49-50

The Underground Stream

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pp. 50-51

The String

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pp. 51-53

The vegetable king

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pp. 53-55

The Enclosure

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pp. 55-57

The Jewel

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pp. 57-58

The Performance

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pp. 58-59

The wedding

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pp. 59-60

The Other

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pp. 61-63

Trees and Cattle

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pp. 63-64

Walking on Water

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pp. 64-65

Awaiting the Swimmer

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pp. 65-66

On the Hill Below the Lighthouse

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pp. 66-67

Near Darien

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pp. 68-69

Into the Stone

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pp. 69-70

Drowning with Others

PART ONE

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pp. 73

The Lifeguard

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pp. 73-74

Listening to Foxhounds

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pp. 75-76

A Dog Sleeping on My Feet

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pp. 76-77

The Movement of Fish

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pp. 77-78

The Heaven of Animals

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pp. 78-79

A Birth

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pp. 80

Fog Envelops the Animals

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pp. 80-81

The Summons

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pp. 81-82

In the Tree House at Night

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pp. 82-84

For the Nightly Ascent of the Hunter Orion Over a Forest Clearing

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pp. 84-85

The Rib

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pp. 85-86

The Owl King

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pp. 86-93

PART TWO

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pp. 151

Between Two Prisoners

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pp. 94-95

Armor

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pp. 96-97

In the Lupanar at Pompeii

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pp. 97-99

Drowning with Others

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pp. 99-100

A View of Fujiyama after the War

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pp. 100-101

The Island

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pp. 101-103

PART THREE

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pp. 104

Dover: Believing in Kings

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pp. 104-110

To His Children in Darkness

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pp. 110-111

A Screened Porch in the Country

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pp. 112-113

The Dream Flood

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pp. 113-114

The Scratch

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pp. 114-115

Hunting Civil War Relics at Nimblewill Creek

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pp. 116-117

The Twin Falls

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pp. 118

The Hospital Window

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pp. 118-120

PART FOUR

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pp. 121

The Magus

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pp. 121

Antipolis

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pp. 122-123

The Change

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pp. 123

Autumn

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pp. 124

Snow on a Southern State

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pp. 124-126

To Landrum Guy, Beginning to Write at Sixty

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pp. 126-127

Facing Africa

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pp. 127-128

Inside the River

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pp. 128-129

The Salt Marsh

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pp. 130-131

In the Mountain Tent

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pp. 131-132

Helmets

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pp. 133-190

PART ONE

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pp. 135-149

The Dusk of Horses

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pp. 135-136

Fence Wire

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pp. 136-137

At Darien Bridge

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pp. 137-138

Chenille

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pp. 138-140

On the Coosawattee

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pp. 140-145

Winter Trout

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pp. 145-147

Springer Mountain

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pp. 147-149

PART TWO

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pp. 150-165

Cherrylog Road

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pp. 150-153

The Scarred Girl

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pp. 153-154

Kudzu

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pp. 154-157

The Beholders

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pp. 157-158

The Poisoned Man

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pp. 158-159

In the Marble Quarry

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pp. 159-160

A Folk Singer of the Thirties

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pp. 160-165

PART THREE

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pp. 166-181

The Being

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pp. 166-168

Breath

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pp. 168-170

The Ice Skin

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pp. 170-171

Bums, on Waking

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pp. 172-173

Goodbye to Serpents

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pp. 173-175

In the Child's Night

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pp. 175-176

Approaching Prayer

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pp. 176-181

PART FOUR

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pp. 182

The Driver

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pp. 182-183

Horses and Prisoners

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pp. 183-185

Drinking from a Helmet

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pp. 185-190

Buckdancer's Choice

PART ONE

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pp. 193-200

The Firebombing

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pp. 193-200

PART TWO

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pp. 201-215

Buckdancer's Choice

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pp. 201-202

Faces Seen Once

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pp. 202-204

The Common Grave

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pp. 204-206

Reincarnation

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pp. 206-207

Them, Crying

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pp. 207-209

The Celebration

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pp. 209-210

The Escape

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pp. 211-212

The Shark's Parlor

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pp. 212-215

PART THREE

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pp. 216-234

Pursuit from Under

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pp. 216-218

Fox Blood

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pp. 218-219

Fathers and Sons

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pp. 219-222

Sled Burial, Dream Ceremony

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pp. 222-223

Gamecock

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pp. 223-224

The Night Pool

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pp. 224-225

The War Wound

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pp. 225-226

Mangham

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pp. 226-228

Angina

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pp. 228-229

Dust

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pp. 229-231

The Fiend

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pp. 231-234

PART FOUR

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pp. 235-240

Slave Quarters

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pp. 235-240

Falling, May Day Sermon, and Other Poems

PART ONE: FALLING

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pp. 243-247

PART TWO: The Sheep Child and Other Poems

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pp. 248-286

The Sheep Child

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pp. 248-249

Reincarnation (II)

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pp. 250-258

Sun

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pp. 258-259

Power and Light

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pp. 260-261

The Flash

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pp. 261-262

Adultery

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pp. 262-263

Hedge Life

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pp. 263-264

Snakebite

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pp. 264-265

Bread

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pp. 266-267

Sustainment

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pp. 267-268

A Letter

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pp. 268-269

The Head-Aim

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pp. 270

Dark Ones

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pp. 270-272

Encounter in the Cage Country

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pp. 272-273

For the Last Wolverine

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pp. 273-275

The Bee

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pp. 275-277

Mary Sheffield

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pp. 277-278

Deer Among Cattle

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pp. 278-279

The Leap

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pp. 279-280

Coming Back to America

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pp. 281-282

The Birthday Dream

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pp. 282-284

False Youth: Two Seasons

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pp. 284-286

PART THREE: MAY DAY SERMON

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pp. 287-296

The Eye-Beaters, Blood, Victory, Madness, Buckhead and Mercy

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pp. 297-342

Diabetes

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pp. 299-301

Messages

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pp. 302-305

Mercy

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pp. 305-307

Two Poems of Going Home / The Place

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pp. 308-313

Apollo

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pp. 314-317

The Cancer Match

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pp. 317-318

Venom

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pp. 318-319

Blood

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pp. 319-320

In the Pocket

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pp. 320-321

Knock

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pp. 321

Victory

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pp. 321-325

The Lord in the Air

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pp. 325-326

Pine

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pp. 326-329

Madness

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pp. 329-332

The Eye-Beaters

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pp. 332-335

Turning Away

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pp. 336-342

The Zodiac

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pp. 343-373

The Strength of Fields

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pp. 375-399

Root-light, or the Lawyer's Daughter

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pp. 377

The Strength of Fields

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pp. 378-379

Two Poems of the Military

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pp. 379-382

The Voyage of the Needle

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pp. 382-383

The Rain Guitar

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pp. 383-384

Remnant Water

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pp. 384-385

Two Poems of Flight-Sleep

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pp. 385-390

For the Death of Lombardi

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pp. 390-392

False Youth: Autumn Clothes of the Age

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pp. 392-393

For the Running of the New York City Marathon

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pp. 393-394

Exchanges

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pp. 394-399

Head-Deep in Strange Sounds

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pp. 401-415

Purgation

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pp. 403

The Ax-God: Sea Pursuit

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pp. 403-404

Nameless

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pp. 404

Math

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pp. 404-405

Judas

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pp. 405

Small Song

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pp. 406

Undersea Fragment in Colons

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pp. 406-407

Mexican Valley

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pp. 407-408

Low Voice, Out Loud

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pp. 408-409

Poem

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pp. 409

When

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pp. 410

A Saying of Farewell

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pp. 410-411

Three Poems with Yevtushenko

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pp. 411-415

Six From Puella

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pp. 417-428

Veer-Voices: Two Sisters Under Crows

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pp. 419-420

Springhouse, Mense, Held Apple, House and Beyond

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pp. 420-421

Deborah as Scion

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pp. 421-424

Doorstep, Lightning, Waif-Dreaming

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pp. 425

From Time

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pp. 425-426

Tapestry and Sail

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pp. 427-428

The Eagle's Mile

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pp. 429-462

Eagles

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pp. 431-432

Gila Bend

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pp. 432-433

Circuit

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pp. 433-434

Night Bird

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pp. 434-435

Daybreak

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pp. 435

Two Women

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pp. 436

Immortals

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pp. 437

To the Butterflies

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pp. 438-439

The One

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pp. 439-440

The Three

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pp. 440-441

The Six

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pp. 441-442

Weeds

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pp. 442-443

Spring-Shock

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pp. 443-444

The Eagle's Mile

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pp. 444-446

Daughter

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pp. 446-448

The Olympian

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pp. 448-452

The Little More

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pp. 452-454

For a Time and Place

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pp. 454-456

Vessels

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pp. 456

Sleepers

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pp. 456-457

Meadow Bridge

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pp. 457-458

Tomb Stone

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pp. 458

To Be Done in Winter

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pp. 459

Moon Flock

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pp. 459-460

Snow Thickets

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pp. 461

Expanses

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pp. 461-462

Double-tongue

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pp. 463-475

Lakes of Värrnland

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pp. 465

Form

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pp. 465-466

Heads

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pp. 466-467

Farmers

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pp. 467-469

Craters

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pp. 469-470

Attempted Departure

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pp. 470

Poem

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pp. 470-472

Purgation (second version)

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pp. 472-473

Basics

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pp. 473-475

Acknowledgments

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pp. 477


E-ISBN-13: 9780819571540
Print-ISBN-13: 9780819522023

Page Count: 494
Publication Year: 1992

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