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Contents Foreword by George Ella Lyon xi Summer Rain 3 What Matters 5 Walking Boundaries 6 A Transplant Leaves Minnesota, 1973 7 The Ryman Auditorium, 1965 8 Roy 9 Poor Valley Pilgrims 11 Revelation 12 Draft Lottery 13 North Fork of the Holston, 1962 15 Black Mountain Breakdown 17 The Color of Loss 18 Expatriate 19 Lietuva 21 Kindergarten 22 Color 23 Leavings 26 Drive by Slowly 27 Glitter 28 Jones and Thomason, General Merchandise 29 My Second-Grade Teacher Reads Gerard Manley Hopkins 32 Close Order 33 The Missionary 37 The Grace of Risen Dough 39 Domestic Arts 41 My Grandmother Escapes 42 New Testament 43 Dismissal 44 Mordant 45 Cousins 47 Tonic 48 The Big Beautiful 49 Commencement Day, 2005 51 A Poet’s Work 52 James Still Leaves Wolfpen 54 Driving with the Dead 55 Dust 57 Hunkering Down 58 Bluegrass Festival 59 Notes 61 Acknowledgments 63 Index of First Lines 65 ...

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