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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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