Eric Pankey is Professor of English at George Mason University. His books of poetry are For the New Year (winner of the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets), Heartwood, Apocrypha, The Late Romances, Cenotaph (winner of the Library of Virginia Poetry Award), and Oracle Figures.
Table of ContentsAcknowledgments Introduction Thistles Bens Witch Hazel in March Visitants Heathcote Routine
"From a Childhood"
Girl Oban Arrow Rockfield Primary School
"Washing the Corpse"
Family Liminal Ghost The Daughter Ash Nest Nest of Thistles
"I Love You, Darkness"
Births Passage Chincherinchees 1960
Memory Poise Departure Which Woman Ghazal Schiehallion Conversation Ancestor Theory Song for My Mother Bronze Age Cradle Song Flowers a la Carte
"The Little Year of the Vine"
Haggis Wanting to Write like Merwin Handel
Heureux The Lover Written on a Leaf Homecoming Unfolding
19 July 2003
"Orpheus. Eurydice. Hermes"
One Way to Varanasi Varanasi Morning The Greatcoat What It Comes Down To Black Bun Bridge Street Cemetery Song Words Glossary Notes
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