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Threshold is an extraordinary first collection that explores the shifting spaces between differing states of human experience. James Longenbach’s poems dwell on metaphoric gates, doorways, and end points past which our everyday world seems luminous and strange. Technically superb and quietly moving, Threshold resonates with a fresh poetic voice.

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80 pages | 6-1/8 x 8-1/2 | © 1998

Phoenix Poets


Table of Contents

What You Find in the Woods
Answers to a Question
Real Estate
Natural World
The Afterthought
Orpheus or Eurydice
The Grace of the Witch
Learning to Drown
Another Person
The Origin of Angels
Play with Me
Elective Cardioversion
Any House You Know
Yard Work
A Dog, a Horse, a Rat
The Possibilities
In a World without Heaven
The Pretty Rocks
How to Remember
My Other Self
Faithless Angel
We Are Gathered Here
Threshold of the Visible World
What If
Letting Go
The Lucky Ones

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