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The Government of Nature

Afaa Michael Weaver

Publication Year: 2013

This is the second volume of a trilogy of poems (the first was The Plum Flower Dance in which Weaver analyzes his life, striving to become the ideal poet. In The Government of Nature, Afaa Michael Weaver explores the trauma of his childhood—including sexual abuse—using a "cartography and thematic structure drawn from Chinese spiritualism." Weaver is a practitioner of Daoism, and this collection deals directly with the abuse in the context of Daoist renderings of nature as metaphor for the human body.

Published by: University of Pittsburgh Press

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. i-viii

Contents

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pp. ix-x

I

Buddha Reveals the Apocalypse to the Cowboy

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pp. 3-15

Evening Lounge

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pp. 4-5

The Path

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pp. 6-18

The Ten Thousand

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pp. 7-19

A Dream of Emptiness

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pp. 8-20

Tsunami

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pp. 9-21

Leaves

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pp. 10-22

Walking with Snakes

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pp. 11-23

A Monk’s Ode to Guan Yin

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pp. 12-24

Guan Yin’s Treatise on Compassion

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pp. 13-14

II

Damascus

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pp. 17-29

Flying

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pp. 18-30

If You Tell

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pp. 19-31

The Ancestors Speak to the Cowboy

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pp. 20-32

Interpretation of Tongues

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pp. 21-33

The Ancestors Explain How Envy Grew

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pp. 22-34

Scapegoat

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pp. 23-35

Elegy for the Appaloosa’s Mother

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pp. 24-36

Against Forgiveness

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pp. 25-37

The Government of Nature

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pp. 26-28

III

For James

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pp. 31-43

The Pantry

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pp. 32-33

Germany, in the Fifties

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pp. 34-46

In the Park with My Grandchildren

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pp. 35-47

Remember

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pp. 36-37

At Lake Montebello with James

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pp. 38-50

Scrapple

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pp. 39-40

When My Heart Failed

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pp. 41-53

In Raleigh’s Brownstone Hotel

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pp. 42-54

On Hearing Beethoven’s Moonlight

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pp. 43-55

Looking Up from the Naked Bed

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pp. 44-56

The Touched

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pp. 45-57

The Untouched

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pp. 46-58

In Good Samaritan Hospital

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pp. 47-59

Driving South from Salem

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pp. 48-60

With My Family at Dinner on Easter Sunday

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pp. 49-61

Evensong at Christ Church

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pp. 50-62

Washing the Car with My Father

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pp. 51-63

Petunias

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pp. 52-64

Cold Mountain

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pp. 53-54

IV

Passing through Indian Territory

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pp. 57-69

Predators

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pp. 58-70

Weeping Willow

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pp. 59-71

1963

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pp. 60-72

Drowning

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pp. 61-73

A Nightmare

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pp. 62-74

To Those Who Would Awaken

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pp. 63-75

The One Song of He Nan Monastery

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pp. 64-76

Notes

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pp. 65-66

Acknowledgments

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pp. 67-68


E-ISBN-13: 9780822978626
E-ISBN-10: 0822978628
Print-ISBN-13: 9780822962311
Print-ISBN-10: 0822962314

Page Count: 80
Publication Year: 2013

Series Title: Pitt Poetry Series
Series Editor Byline: Ed Ochester

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