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CONTENTS Summons THE PLACE OF THE SKULL The Baggage King 3 Patience: In the Mill 4 The Liberator Explodes 5 The Place of the Skull 7 Obstructions 8 The Confrontation of the Hero 10 The Courtship 13 PEACETIME: SEEKING THE CHOSEN A Morning 15 Drifting 16 Adam in Winter 17 Lazarus to the Assembled 19 Paestum 20 Via Appia 24 Wall and Cloud 25 The Rafters 26 The Sprinter at Forty 27 Walking the Fire Line 29 Seeking the Chosen 30 The Angel of the Maze 3I Blowgun and Rattlesnake 36 At the Home for Unwed Mothers 39 Reading Genesis to a Blind Child 40 Contents / vii HOMAGES Walter Armistead 43 For Richard Wilbur 44 For Robert Bhain Campbell 45 Into the Stone Sleeping Out at Easter 49 The Underground Stream 50 The String 5I The Vegetable King 53 The Enclosure 55 The Jewel 57 The Performance 58 The Wedding 59 The Other 61 Trees and Cattle 63 Walking on Water 64 Awaiting the Swimmer 65 On the Hill Below the Lighthouse 66 Near Darien 68 Into the Stone 69 Drowning with Others PART ONE The Lifeguard 73 Listening to Foxhounds 75 A Dog Sleeping on My Feet 76 The Movement of Fish 77 The Heaven of Animals 78 A Birth 80 Fog Envelops the Animals 80 The Summons 8I In the Tree House at Night 82 For the Nightly Ascent of the Hunter Orion Over a Forest Clearing 84 The Rib 85 The Owl King 86 Contents / viii PART TWO Between Two Prisoners 94 Armor 96 In the Lupanar at Pompeii 97 Drowning with Others 99 A View of Fujiyama after the War 100 The Island 101 PART THREE Dover: Believing in Kings 104 To His Children in Darkness 110 A Screened Porch in the Country I 12 The Dream Flood I 13 The Scratch I 14 Hunting Civil War Relics at Nimblewill Creek I 16 The Twin Falls I 18 The Hospital Window I I 8 PART FOUR The Magus 121 Antipolis 122 The Change 123 Autumn 124 Snow on a Southern State 124 To Landrum Guy, Beginning to Write at Sixty 126 Facing Mrica 127 Inside the River 128 The Salt Marsh 130 In the Mountain Tent 13 I Helmets PART ONE The Dusk of Horses 13 5 Fence Wire 136 At Darien Bridge 137 Chenille I 38 On the Coosawattee 140 Winter Trout 145 Springer Mountain 147 Contents / ix PART TWO Cherrylog Road 150 The Scarred Girl 153 Kudzu 154 The Beholders 157 The Poisoned Man 158 In the Marble Quarry 159 A Folk Singer of the Thirties 160 PART THREE The Being 166 Breath 168 The Ice Skin 170 Bums, On Waking 172 Goodbye to Serpents 173 In the Child's Night 175 Approaching Prayer 176 PART FOUR The Driver 182 Horses and Prisoners I 83 Drinking from a Helmet 185 Buckdancer's Choice PART ONE The Firebombing 193 PART TWO Buckdancer's Choice 201 Faces Seen Once 202 The Common Grave 204 Reincarnation 206 Them, Crying 207 The Celebration 209 The Escape 21 I The Shark's Parlor 212 Contents / x PART THREE Pursuit from Under 216 Fox Blood 218 Fathers and Sons 2I 9 I. The Second Sleep II. The Aura Sled Burial, Dream Ceremony 222 Gamecock 223 The Night Pool 224 The War Wound 225 Mangham 226 Angina 228 Dust 229 The Fiend 231 PART FOUR Slave Quarters 23 5 Falling) May Day Se111Wn) and Other Poems PART ONE: FALLING Falling 243 PART TWO: THE SHEEP CHILD AND OTHER POEMS The Sheep Child 248 Reincarnation (II) 250 Sun 258 Power and Light 260 The Flash 261 Adultery 262 Hedge Life 263 Snakebite 264 Bread 266 Sustainment 267 A Letter 268 The Head-Aim 270 Dark Ones 270 Encounter in the Cage Country 272 For the Last Wolverine 273 The Bee 275 Contents / xi Mary Sheffield 277 Deer Among Cattle 278 The Leap 279 Coming Back to America 28 I The Birthday Dream 282 False Youth: Two Seasons 284 PART THREE:MAY DAY SERMON May Day Sermon to the Women of Gilmer County, Georgia, by a Woman Preacher Leaving the Baptist Church 287 The Eye-Beaters) Blood) Victory) Madness) Buckhead and Merty Diabetes 299 Messages 302 Mercy 305 Two Poems of Going Home 308 The Place 313 Apollo 314 The Cancer Match 317 Venom 318 Blood 319 In the Pocket 320 Knock 321 Victory 321 The Lord in the Air 325 Pine 326 Madness 329 The Eye-Beaters 332 Turning Away 336 The...

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ISBN
9780819571540
Related ISBN
9780819522023
MARC Record
OCLC
726747149
Pages
494
Launched on MUSE
2012-02-08
Language
English
Open Access
No
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