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Your Rightful Childhood
New and Selected Poems, 1970-1995
Paula Rankin

Carnegie Mellon University Press



Contents

• FROM: BY THE WRECKMASTER’S COTTAGE
Poem for Actors
Sideshows
• Pentecosts
• Women Partly Explained
• Sacrifices
• The Catalog People
• By the Wreckmaster’s Cottage at Assateague
• Taking Stew to an Old Woman
• Hazards: Night of Driving on Ice
• Taking All We Can With Us
• On Holding On
• Reflections in the Eye Specialist’s Waiting Room
• For the Obese
• Where We Are
• To the Ox-Cart Driver
• The Shell-Gatherer

• FROM:
AUGERS
In the Calendar Square of the Dream
• Teleportation
• Bedtime Story
• Getting the Truth to Come Clear
• The Woman Who Build Her House on the Sand
• For the Child Drowned in the Well of Black Water
• Poems for the Tick
• Something Good on the Heels of Something Good
• Tending
• Losing Rings
• Thinking of Others
• Poem for Exchange of Habitat
• The Clothesline Body
• Hot Bath in an Old Hotel
• Callers
• Shared Visions
• Concerning a Dog Hit in Backwoods Tennessee
• At the Warf, Yorktown: For All Tracks Made in Sand

• FROM:
TO THE HOUSE GHOST
For My Mother Feeling Useless
• We Never Get to the End of It All
• Leftovers
• Middle Age
• Girl Passing Among Trailers
• To the House Ghost
• Being Refused Local Credit
• The New Tenants in Our Old Duplex
• Two Ways of Listening to Rain
• Stigmata
• Webs
• Glossalia
• Unreasonable Footprints
• Somewhere Else
• Goldfinches at the Nuclear Power Plant
• Making Tracks
• Preservatives
• Here

• FROM:
DIVORCE: A ROMANCE
Requiem
• Divorce: A Romance
• Dove in a Sycamore
• How Much
• Luck: West Side Market, Cleveland
• Mantises
• Before We Parted
• Florida
• The Loneliness Bird
• On Top of That, the Dog
• Before the Second Marriage
• Sad Music
• Chipping Icicles
• Country Song

• YOUR RIGHTFUL CHILDHOOD
• Your Rightful Childhood
• The Fathers
• The Mothers
• Godmother
• Last Date
• Babysitting
• Halloween
• Christabels
• Making Up
• Fifteen
• The Perfect Life
• Glamour
• Ella: 1950

• THREE TRUE STORIES AT THE BACK
• Tuberculosis
• Blue Moon
• Down the Road

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:58:58 -0500