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With an astonishing command of nature imagery, from sparrows to mastodons, Philip Appleman can deftly weave into a single poem an intricate pattern of ideas drawn from evolution, humanism, anthropology, religious skepticism, and everyday experience. Appealing to reason as well as to emotion and imagination, he writes poems of lyrical intensity and remarkable narrative depth. He creates characters—Eve or Darwin or a failed priest—with such wit, compassion, and subtle humor that they live on the page and surprise us with new insights into joy and sorrow, life and death. Set on the beach at Malibu, in the port of Trieste, or in a Manhattan subway, his poems evoke genuine feeling with out sentimentality and transform the personal into the universal.

Drawn from six previous books of poetry written over four decades, and with fourteen new poems, this collection shows the power and complexity of Appleman’s wide-ranging talent.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
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  1. Kites on a Windy Day
  1. I . The Outside
  1. TO THE RIVER
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  1. ON THE VIA VENETO
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  1. SNOW ON THE BOSPORUS
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  1. DOLPHINS
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  1. II. Promises
  1. CRYSTAL ANNIVERSARY
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  1. VIGIL
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  1. A PROMISE
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  1. III. Torn Kites
  1. THE KNIGHT’S TALE
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  1. KITES ON A WINDY DAY: REPLY TO A FAREWELL
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  1. REMEMBERING THE GREAT DEPRESSION
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  1. Summer Love and Surf
  1. I . Old Glory
  1. THINGS TO DO WITH RAILROADS
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  1. SUCCESS STORY
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  1. DAY OF THE HAWK
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  1. TO THE GARBAGE COLLECTORS IN BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA, THE FIRST PICKUP OF THE NEW YEAR
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  1. II. Your Light
  1. FOUR MEASURES: EARTH, AIR, WATER, FIRE
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  1. A POEM FOR ST. VALENTINE’S DAY
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  1. MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT
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  1. SUMMER LOVE AND SURF
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  1. III. Somewhere East
  1. AT THE NATIVITY BAR AND POOLROOM
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  1. THE PATH OF RENUNCIATION
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  1. THINKING OF NOUBLI LAROUSSI
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  1. THREE HAIKU, TWO TANKA
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  1. IV. Last Chords
  1. A WORD TO SOCRATES
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  1. A THOUGHT FOR SUSE POLLOK
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  1. LAST LINES FOR A BARITONE
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  1. SWEET LIFE
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  1. YOU SAID, THAT’S THE FOURTH BIRD THIS YEAR TO HIT OUR PICTURE WINDOW
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  1. V. The Measure of All Things
  1. BUTTERWORT
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  1. OLD THING
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  1. TOWN AND GOWN
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  1. ENEMY
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  1. Open Doorways
  1. I. Where Light Wells Up
  1. MEMO TO THE 21ST CENTURY
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  1. NOBODY DIES IN THE SPRING
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  1. LAND OF COLD SUN
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  1. TEN DEFINITIONS OF LIFETIME
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  1. LANDING PATTERN
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  1. KICKING SEA URCHINS
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  1. WHAT THE U.S. BUREAU OF CUSTOMS WILL CRY AT PUBLIC AUCTION ON JUNE 5
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  1. OCTOBER SPRING
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  1. THE PILL AND THE HUNDRED-YARD DASH
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  1. BICENTENNIAL: THE COURSE OF EMPIRE
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  1. FIGHTING THE BUREAUCRACY
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  1. NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION
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  1. SEEING INTO BEDROOMS
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  1. “YOUR PAPERS, PLEASE”
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  1. EAST HAMPTON: THE STRUCTURE OF SOUND
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  1. II. Backs to the Wall
  1. TRUTH
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  1. WESTHAMPTON CEMETERY
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  1. SERPENT
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  1. REVISION
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  1. THE TENNIS PLAYER WAITS FOR WHAT WAITS FOR THE TENNIS PLAYER
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  1. RED KITE
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  1. CENTRAL PARK: THE ANATOMY LESSON
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  1. CARAVAN
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  1. REVOLUTION
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  1. MESSAGE
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  1. MURDER
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  1. FOR LUCIA AND THE BLACK WIDOWS OF SPERLONGA
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  1. AFTERWARD
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  1. ALIVE
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  1. AT THE END OF THE WORLD
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  1. III. Something is Gone
  1. ON A MORNING FULL OF SUN
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  1. THE PERSISTENCE OF MEMORY
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  1. PEACE WITH HONOR
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  1. WAITING FOR THE FIRE
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  1. IV. The Telling of the Heart
  1. LOVE POEM
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  1. ARS POETICA
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  1. THE GIRL WHO HATED THREES
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  1. SAVIOR
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  1. HEART OF STONE
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  1. BIRTHDAY CARD TO MY MOTHER
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  1. CONGENIAL POET DESIRES INTENSE RELATIONSHIP WITH WARM, INTELLIGENT POEM
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  1. THIS MOMENT
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  1. FIRST SNOW
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  1. IF MARTHA IS A MODEL MOTHER-IN-LAW, SHE IS DEFINITELY THE LATEST MODEL
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  1. ECONOMICS
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  1. IN TWO DEGREES OF COLD
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  1. A KIND OF FRUITFULNESS
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  1. BETTER HALF
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  1. LOVE IN THE RAIN
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  1. SCRAPBOOK
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  1. Darwin’s Ark
  1. Preface
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  1. I. Giants in the Earth
  1. THE SKELETONS OF DREAMS
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  1. NOSTALGIE DE LA BOUE
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  1. STATE OF NATURE
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  1. II. The Rust of Civilizations
  1. THE HAND-AX
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  1. IN ANDALUCÍA
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  1. “BLACK-FOOTED FERRET ENDANGERED”
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  1. THE FAITH-HEALER SPEAKS
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  1. III. Animals Tame and Animals Feral
  1. DARWIN’S BESTIARY
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  1. EUPHORIAS
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  1. HOW EVOLUTION CAME TO INDIANA
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  1. MR. EXTINCTION, MEET MS. SURVIVAL
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  1. IV. In the Caves of Childhood
  1. HOW MY LIGHT IS SPENT
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  1. “SEA OTTER SURVIVAL ASSURED”
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  1. ON THE BEAGLE
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  1. THE VOYAGE HOME
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  1. Let There Be Light
  1. I. The Bible Retold for Grownups
  1. GATHERING AT THE RIVER
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  1. EVE
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  1. AN EYE FOR AN EYE
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  1. NOAH
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  1. HEAVENLY BODY
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  1. SARAH
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  1. SENSUAL MUSIC
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  1. OUR TREE
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  1. GERTRUDE
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  1. ANNIVERSARY
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  1. THE TRICKLE-DOWN THEORY OF HAPPINESS
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  1. LAST-MINUTE MESSAGE FOR A TIME CAPSULE
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  1. II. Into the Wind
  1. BILDAD
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  1. NIGHT THOUGHTS
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  1. DAVID
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  1. WATCHING HER SLEEP
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  1. GIFTS
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  1. JONAH
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  1. FLEAS
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  1. BEFORE YOU PUSH THE RED BUTTON
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  1. III. The Tree of Knowledge
  1. AND THEN THE PERFECT TRUTH OF HATRED
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  1. MARY
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  1. CREDO
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  1. COAST TO COAST
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  1. JUDAS
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  1. HEADING NORTH
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  1. MARTHA
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  1. LIGHTING YOUR BIRTHDAY CAKE
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  1. JESUS
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  1. BUT THE DAISIES WILL NOT BE DECEIVED BY THE GODS
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  1. New Poems
  1. Kissing the Aborigines (Kakadu)
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  1. Them
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  1. Eulogy
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  1. Days One Through Six, Etc.
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  1. Superstition
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  1. Possessed
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  1. How to Live
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  1. Gravity
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  1. Never-Never Land
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  1. A Priest Forever
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  1. Vasectomy
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  1. Creation
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  1. Will
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  1. Holding On
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  1. Index of Titles
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  1. About the Author
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781610752763
Related ISBN
9781557284198
MARC Record
OCLC
1080549259
Pages
279
Launched on MUSE
2019-01-02
Language
English
Open Access
No
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