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American Alphabets
25 Contemporary Poets
David Walker, ed.

Oberlin College Press



Contents

• Preface
• AGHA SHAHIDI ALI
• I See Chile in My Rearview Mirror
• Snow on the Desert
• The Country Without a Post Office
• Ghazal (Arabic)
• Lenox Hill
• Rooms Are Never Finished
• Ghazal (Even the Rain)
• The Purse-Seiner
Atlantis
• Of Fire
• PAMELA ALEXANDER
• Flight
• Vines
• Inventory. Journal.
• Sight
• Reprise
• Mt. Auburn Owl
• Northeast Suite
• The Comma a Portrait
• Foxlight
• Person of
• Lightfall
• Crossing
• BRUCE BEASLEY
• Witness
• Red Reed
• What Did You Come to See
from Spiritual Alphabet in Midsummer
• Hermetic Diary
• Lord Brain
• ROBIN BEHN
• Origin
• Downproofing Lesson
• On Giving My Father a Book About Roses
• Aubade
• Still Life
• On Being Asked My Opinion About an Autopsy
• Vigil: Dwindle
• Ancient New Parents
• The Yellow House Writes a Story for the Boy
• Below the Cellar of the Yellow House There Is Another Set of Stairs
• Like a Horse
• The Green Field
• LINDA BIERDS
• Quickly and Fully
• In the Beeyard
• White Bears: Tostoy at Astapovo
• Phantom Pain
• Hunter
• It
• Desire
• Van Leeuwenhoek: 1675
• Altamira: What She Remembered
• Vespertilio
• Muybridge
• Pasteur on the Rue Vauquelin
• Thinking of Red
• MARIANNE BORUCH
• The Hammer Falls, Is Falling
• Perennial Garden
• Interior with a Violin
• The Window
• Moss Burning
• Omens
• Year in Hawaii
• The Way the Dying Hear Things
• Piano Tuning
• Elegy
• All Those People
• Think of the Words
• Simple Machines
• MARK DOTY
• A Display of Mackerel
• Migratory
• Fog Argument
• Homo Will Not Inherit
• The Embrace
• Retrievers in Translation
• Elizabeth Bishop,
Croton
• Flit
• RITA DOVE
• Small Town
• The House Slave
• Adolescence—II
• Parsley
• Dusting
• Weathering Out
• Sunday Greens
• Mississippi
• Dog Days, Jerusalem
• Turning Thirty, I Contemplate Students Bicycling Home
• The Other Side of the House
• Lint
• Exit
• Revenant
• On Veronica
• Ta Ta Cha Cha
• La Chapelle. 92nd Division. Ted.
• Desert Backyard
• NORMAN DUBIE
• February: The Boy Breughel
• Thomas Hardy
• Elizabeth’s War with the Christmas Bear
• Coleridge Crossing the Plain of Jars
• Parish
• New England, Springtime
• Of Politics, & Art
• The Apocrypha of Jacques Derrida
• Buffalo Clouds over the Maestro Hoon
• The Pendulum
• Of Art & Memory
• Dementia
• Sky Harbor
• BECKIAN FRITZ GOLDBERG
• Retro Lullaby
• Since I Have Lived
• Money
• Wren
• Fetish
• Lilies at Night
• God Body
• Blossom at the End of the Body
• Twentieth Century Children
• Twentieth Century Children (2)
• Twentieth Century Children (5): Blood-Kissing
• Third Body
• nights with the Star-Ladle Over the House
• He Said Discipline Is the Highest Form of Love
• Bedtime Story
• The Passing House
• LINDA GREGERSON
• Norway
• Safe
• For the Taking
• Cranes on the Seashore
• Bicameral
• Elegant
• BOB HICOK
• Whither Thou Goest
• Once a Green Sky
• Small Purchase
• Dropping the Euphemism
• Goodbye in the Shape of a Knot
• Radical Neck
• Sudden Movements
• The Active Reader
• Team Effort
• The Busy Days of My Nights
• Angels of Mercy
• YUSELF KOMUNYAKAA
• Water Buffalo
• Monsoon Season
• Camouflaging in the Chimera
• Tunnels
• Starlight Scope Myopia
• Fragging
• “You and I Are Disappearing”
• Sappers
• We Never Know
• Tu Do Street
• Prisoners
• Thanks
• Facing It
• A Reed Boat
• Buried Light
• The Hanoi Market
• Anodyne
• LARRY LEVIS
• Sensationalism
• At the Grave of My Guardian Angel: St. Louis Cemetary, New Orleans
• Elegy with the Thimbleful of Water in the Cage
• Elegy with a Bridle in Its Hand
• Elegy with a Chimneysweep Falling Inside It
• THOMAS LUX
• Solo Native
• View from a Porch
• The Thirst of Turtles
• Tarantulas on the Lifebuoy
• There Were Some Summers
• the Dark Comes On in Blocks, in Cubes
• Ultima Thule
• Black Road Over Which Green Trees Grow
• Gorgeous Surfaces
• Grim Town in a Steep Valley
• Plague Victims Catapulted Over Walls Into Besieged City
• Grain Burning Far Away
• Marine Snow at Mid-Depths and Down
• Unlike, for Example, the Sound of a Riptooth Saw
• The Language Animal
• Can Tie Shoes But Won’t,
• To Help the Monkey Cross the River,
• From the High Ground,
• The Hungry Gap-Time,
• CAROL MUSKE-DUKES
• Ideal
• Applause
• Unsent Letter 4: Last Take
• Miracles
• Blue Kashmir, ‘74
• Ovation
• Heroine
• Request Radio
• Crack the Whip
• Jacaranda
• CARL PHILLIPS
• Somewhere Holy
• As from a Quiver of Arrows
• Parable
• Luck
• Words of Love
• To Break, to Ride
• Minotaur
• Custom
• The Rest of Love
• Late Apollo
• Erasure
• A Summer
• MARY RUEFLE
• The Melancholiacs
• The Intended
• In the Bitter Country
• An American Dream
• Wasps’ Nest
• Peeling the Orange
• Rain Effect
• Rising Bodies
• Out of a Hundred
• Public Garden with a Weeping Tree
• Evangelical
• The March
• Perpetually Attempting to Soar
• Perfect Reader
• The Letter
• The Jewel
• The Execution Poster
• Seven Postcards from Dover
• The Feast
• Search Party
• From Here to Eternity
• Kiss of the Sun
• DAVID ST. JOHN
• Slow Dance
• Iris
• Six/Nine/Forty-Four
• Wedding Preparations in the Country
• Dolls
• Gin
• Hush
• Elegy
• Winter Fires
• An Essay on Liberation
• Meditation
• In the Sulphur Garden
• SUSAN STEWART
• The Forest
• May 1988
• The Meadow
• Apple
• Dark the Star
• Forms of Forts
• Pear
• These Trees in Particular
• Lost Rules of Usage
• Wings
• Zero
• ARTHUR SZE
• The Negative
• Axolotl
• The String Diamond
• Apache Plume
• Acanthus
• X and O
• Earthstar
• LEE UPTON
• Window Seat at the Paradise
• Somewhere So Lush
• Contortionist
• The Imagination of Flowers
• Scroll
• Bedtime Story
• Jim’s Hairball
• The Quality of Mercy
• Destruction of Daughters
• Happiness
• The Scarlet Letter
• Beatrix Potter
• Civilian Histories
• The Table
• BRUCE WEIGL
• Monkey
• Him, on the Bicycle
• Painting on a T’ang Dynasty Water Vessel
• Tmeple Near Quang Tri, Not on the Map
• The Way of Tet
• Dialectical Materialism
• Why Nothing Changes for Miss Ngo Thi Thanh
• Temptation
• The Sky of Daduza Township
• Three Fish
• River Journal
• Why I Hate Theory
• Home
• Self Portrait at Fifty-Three
• C. D. WRIGHT
• Bent Tones
• Tours
• Provinces
• Elements of Night
• Petition for Replenishment
• More Blues and the Abstract Truth
• Humidity
• Personals
• Floating Trees
• Lack Echo, Dear
• Key Episodes from an Earthly Life
• Privacy
• Flame
• from
Deepstep Come Shining
until words turn to moss.
• in our only time.
• FRANZ WRIGHT
• Blood
• Morning
• Alcohol
• Illegibility
• Loneliness
• August Insomnia
• Thoughts of a Solitary Farmhouse
• Sunday Afternoon
• Have You Seen This Child
• Circle Drawn In Water
• Flight
• Walking To Martha’s Vineyard
• The Only Animal
• Sitting Up Late with My Father, 1977
• Publication Date
• Lines Written in the Dark Illegible Next Day
• Acknowledgments

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