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The Missing
Rangi McNeil

Sheep Meadow Press



Contents

Introduction xi

• One
• Posthumous 3

• Two
• What Becomes a Legend Most:
Borne 6
• Men 7
• For a Sparrow-Limbed Woman 8
• Emersonian 9
• What Bcomes a Legend Most:
Curriculum Vitae 10
• Dry Magic 11
• Colored 12
• Exhaust 13
• Much is Required 14
• A Brief History of Loss 15
• Cassandra Complex 16
• Elegy for My Father 17
• Epyllion 18
• What Becomes a Legend Most:
Election 19
• Thirsty Season of Waiting 20
• Our Merit Is in the Value of That Which We Put at Hazard 21

• Three
• In the Country of Mothers 24
• Appendage 25
• The Aunts Speak of Restraint 26
• A Boy 27
• Correspondences 28
• The Bed Shared. The Pillow Not 29
• The Talking Cure 30
• To the Mother from a Distance of Some Years 31
• Transatlantic 32
• My Sweet Carolina 33
• The Surviving Sisters Consider 34
• Neighbors 35
• Next and Last Stop 36
• Houston 37
• Almost August 38
• In Truth 39
• The Theme of Effort Persists 40
• What Mastery Lies in Leaving 41
• Numinous 42
• Few Are Chosen 43
• Metaphor 44
• In the Afterlife 45
• Against Magic 46
• Vibrations in the Ground 47
• Apprentice 48
• Back out of All This New Too Much for Us 49
• In a Manner Much Like Forgetting 50

• Four
• Last Night in Texas 52
• Retrograde 53
• Time and Ruination 54
• This Mortal Coil 55
• What Becomes a Legend Most:
Alternatives 56
• Assault on a Fixed Position 57
• The Natural World Defined 58
• Legacy 59
• The Safety of Objects 60
• Understudy 61
• Detente 62
• Father After Long Silence 63
• Budapest 64
• Hope Is a Strong Man's Illusion 65
• Anymore. Just Now. Ever. 66
• Memory of an Isolated Location 67
• House as Body 68
• The Divisible Heart 69

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