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Without My Asking


In poems that range from New England to the Southwest, Without My Asking, takes its cue from Psalms 90’s petition—“teach us to number our days.” That biblical sense of limits—of what we can know and not know—and, ultimately, the mystery of before and after that encloses our existence is the center around which these poems turn, both seasonally and from day-to-day. In poems that attend to the events of our lives—from the deaths of parents to hummingbirds at a bird feeder—these poems work to utter “Yes” to all that happens, that “peculiar affirmative” that recognizes, as Elizabeth Bishop says, ”Life’s like that . . . also death.”

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Table of Contents

Evening Prayer with Opening Question xv One. Cedar Waxwings 3 Talking Turkey 4 Supermoon 6 Middle Tint 8 Prayer While Driving Home After My Yearly Physical 10 Dock Life 12 November 14 Obituary 17 Poverty 19 Little Did I Know 24 Two. Roadside Pe

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