Part 1 presents various characters (mostly African American) confronting death.
The poems in part 2 are spoken by an unnamed narrator about his cancer. My cancer, actually, and my experiences.
Parts 2 and 3 both descend into silence.
Part 3 is a radical reworking of the ancient Mesopotamian epic loosely known as The Songs of Heaven and Hell. The poems are not a translation, though each derives from a separate song, and each uses the characters, the events, the worldview, and the stark imagery of Babylon in the third century BCE. In many respects, these poems have the prosody of the biblical psalms.
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About the Author
Table of Contents
Foreword Scott Cairns vii
Adams' Photograph of Stieglitz 1
Part 1 Snow
Cones of Snow 7
Milk and Snow in Three Declensions 9
A Torque of Time 14
Gertrude's Letter, Midwinter 15
Miz Lillian's Memorial Stones 18
Et in Pacem 23
Part 2 Cancer
I On an Age-Old Anvil, Wince and Sing 27
II Pain 28
III November 30
IV The Wanderer 31
V The better metaphor 32
VI Advice 34
VII Endnote 36
VIII Zero at the Bone 37
IX Slow time 41
X Time's Gyre 43
XI Necrophagia: The Mastery of the Thing 44
XII The Effects of Radiation 45
XIII To Those I Haven't Time to Write 46
Part 3 O Babylon!
From the Mesopotamian Poems of Heaven and Hell 51
II From The Hymn of the Names of Marduk 59
III From A Prayer to the Gods of Night 61
IV From Childbirth 63
V From Inanna's Journey into Hell 68
VI From Dumuzi Mourned 80
VII From The Son's Reply 83