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© 2004 by Jeanne Murray Walker All rights reserved Manufactured in the United States of America 1 2 3 4 5 c p 5 4 3 2 1 ∞ This book is printed on acid-free paper. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Walker, Jeanne Murray. A deed to the light : poems / by Jeanne Murray Walker. p. cm. isbn 0-252-02922-4 (cloth : acid-free paper) isbn 0-252-07177-8 (pbk. : acid-free paper) I. Title. ps3573.a425336d44 2004 811'.54—dc22 2003021630 Acknowledgments For permission to reprint earlier versions of some of these poems, I gratefully acknowledge the following periodicals: The Christian Century: “Miss Leona Gifford’s Hair,” “Van Gogh,” and “Wee Hours” Cortland Review: “Outlaw” Cresset: “Night-light” and “Sacrifice” The Gettysburg Review: “Beyond Reading,” “The Dutiful,” and “Trying to Read The Encyclopedia of Things No One Knows” Image: “After Terrorism,” “Chaplin,” and “Letter to a Friend Who Has Asked to Come” The Journal: “How Mother Courage Saves Desdemona,” “Insomnia,” and “Luci’s Knee” Mars Hill Review: “Geese, Tree, Apple, Leaves” The Nation: “Grasshopper” The Notre Dame Review: “The Scarf” Poetry: “After the Tornado,” “Holding Back the Sun,” “Light,” and “Song of the Girl Who Stepped Out of Language” Prairie Schooner: “Hunter” Shenandoah: “Dinner Party,” “Dung Beetle,” “The Janitor,” “Sewing,” and “Stripping an Artichoke” The Southern Review: “Letting Go” and “Melting Pot” Spirituality and Health: “Making the Move” Verse Daily: “Melting Pot” West Branch: “Genius,” “Mary Ellen Is Pregnant!” and “Myth” Wheaton: “Portrait of the Virgin Who Said No to Gabriel” Thanks also to the University of Delaware for a General University Research Fellowship, to the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts for a Fellowship , and to the Pew Foundation for a Fellowship in the Arts, all of which helped at every stage of this book’s writing. I am grateful to E. Daniel Larkin, Elaine Terranova, Fleda Brown, and Deborah Burnham for their comments on the work and for their company along the way. When a lovely flame dies, smoke gets in your eyes. —Otto Harback Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. —Hebrews 11:1 ...

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