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Press, 1989). Page vii FOR MY FATHER Page ix CONTENTS I Your Mother Sings 3 Song at Twilight 4 At the Beach 5 You Have Lived 7 Romance 8 White Birds 9 Summer Rain 13 First Love 14 Calmly While the Roof Swells 16 Almost Out of Sight 17 Let's Run Away, I Said, and Get Married 18 Wild Animals 19 For My Sister's Wedding 20 I Remember When 21 Down at the Docks 22 Colorado 23 I Live Alone 24 Apples in First Snow 25 True Story 26 Mercy, Mercy 27 A Stiff Arc 28 Near Inverness, Florida 30 Red Feather, Colorado 32 Page x II These Roads 35 A Small Boat 36 My One True Story 38 Cocoon 39 Hands 40 Needing Silence 41 Midnight 43 Like Right Now 44 Fear of Cancer 45 He Said 47 Door 49 Lion 50 I Met a Man in Here Once 52 A Choreography 54 About the Author Page xi The purpose of poetry is to remind us how difficult it is to remain just one person, for our house is open, there are no keys in the doors, and invisible guests come in and out at will.
A. on acid-free paper Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Hettich, Michael. A small boat: poems / by Michael Hettich. cm. paper). 54dc20 89-77755 CIP University Presses of Florida is the central agency for scholarly publishing of the State of Florida's university system, producing books selected for publication by the faculty editorial committees of Florida's nine public universities. Orders for books published by all member presses should be addressed to University Presses of Florida, 15 NW 15th Street, Gainesville, Florida 32603.
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