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Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-xii

I am indebted to the University of Wisconsin’s Institute of Creative Writing for the Jay C. and Ruth Halls Poetry Fellowship, which gave me the generous support I needed to complete this manuscript. I am also grateful to the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, and the Dorothy Sargent...

Prayer for Deeper Water

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1. (n) Colony of rooks

Or ravens. Or crows. Related to the passerine order of birds. Family Corvidae. Kin to magpies and jays. Hatchlings fall onto bricks, and a woman buries them beneath the crocuses. She wonders why her husband doesn’t come home. Why his fingers curl into questions. Why his hips are as...

Aubade with a Broken Neck

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Aubade with a Fox and a Birthmark

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Dueling Sonnets on the Railroad Tracks

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Aubade in Which the Bats Tried to Warn Me

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Aubade in Which I Untangle Her Hair

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Oneiromancy

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Aubade with a Panic of Hearts

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Regret with Wildflowers

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Concerning Cuttlefish and Ugolino

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Appalachian Aubade

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Restoration of the Saints

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Noli Me Tangere

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Requiem with Coal, Butterflies, and Terrible Angels

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2. (n) A breeding place

Open nests of crows. Colony of seabirds. Harem of seals and their pups. Hawksbills bury their clutches and crawl back to sea. A mother and daughter walk the shore dropping starfish into a pail of vinegar. It’s unlikely they suffer, the mother says. The daughter looks at her, eyes like wood wet with rain. The mother finds a pale, capsized...

Fiat Lux

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Elegy with Mosquitoes, Peppermints, and a Snapping Turtle

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The Summer after They Crashed and Drowned

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Discipline with Lines from First Corinthians

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To the Tall Stranger Who Kept His Hands in His Pockets, Fourteen Years Later

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The Bullet Collector

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Chastity Belt Lesson

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On a Mission Trip to Philadelphia I Begin to Fear the Inside of My Body

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Missionary Child

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Possession

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Glossolalia

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Why He Leaves

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Echolalia, Saint Armands Key

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Leviathan: A Rapture

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Through a Glass Darkly

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Prayer for Sunlight and Hunger

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3. (n) A crowded tenement house

Dilapidated. Packed. Rooms and rooms teeming with the crush of people waiting for the war to be over, to pull the world back out of the dragon’s mouth. Pilgrims of blind alleys. Sojourners walking backwards into the future revising all the old myths. Blazing trails with graffiti of cinderblock...

Ars Poetica

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Nocturne with Clay Horses

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Via Dolorosa

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Falling (For the 146 . . . )

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The Saints Go Marching

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Battle Hymn

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Falling (A twin-engined B-25 . . .)

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At a Party on Ellis Island, Watching Fireworks

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The Women Are Ordered to Clear the Bodies of Suitors Slain by Ulysses

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Dressing Heads

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Margaret Garner Explains It to Her Daughter

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A Dead Woman Speaks to Her Resurrectionist

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The Light in the Basement

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Come Back to Me

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American Pastoral

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Kingdom Come

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Nocturne with Oil Rigs and Jasmine

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Prayer to Delay the Apocalypse

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Other Books in the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry

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Back Cover

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