Index by Influence

Bruce Berger, “Fernando and Marisela,” In Short, edited by Judith Kitchener and Mary Paumier Jones

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Rumors of Giants

Christopher Buckley, “To Ernesto Trejo in the Other World,” Sky

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To Nicholas Doiron Macaluso in the Pre-World of Beginning
Not Like Missing Socks

Stanley Burnshaw, “The House in St. Petersburg,” Contemporary American Poetry

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“The If Factor of Who”

Billy Collins, “Bar Time,” Sailing Alone Around the Room

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Lesson #60 (a.k.a. Mexico Time, October)

Rebecca Dunham, “Ontology of a Miniature Room,” Crab Orchard Review, Vol. 11 No. 1

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Ontology of the Blank Page

Peter Everwine, “The Coat”

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“The Sign of the Cross”

Annie Finch, “The Poetess in America”

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Who Would’ve Thought

Tess Gallagher, “Fathomless”, Moon Crossing Bridge

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Diane Glancy, “Indian Summer,” Asylum in the Grasslands

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September Scorpions

Zbigniew Herbert, “Sense of Identity”, “The End”,  Zbigniew Herbert, The Collected Poems 1957-1998

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Philosophy as a Glass
Year One

Jane Kenyon, “Let Evening Come”, Contemporary American Poets

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“Tell Them This”

Ted Kooser, “At the County Museum,” “Grasshoppers,”  Delights and Shadows

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“At the Wrecking Yard”
“Garage Spiders”
“There Was Hail”

Maxine Kumin, “How It Is”, Contemporary American Poutry, Fifth Edition

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Is It Cloth

Philip Levine, “My Sister’s Voice,” “The Poem of Chalk”,  “Dust and Memory”, The Simple Truth

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My Husband’s Rain
My Husband’s Snow
The Poem of Plants
Loco Moon
Can We Buy More Lives at the End?”

Perie Longo, “Litany” and “Winter”, The Privacy of Wind

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Road Prayers

Federico Garcia Lorca, “Flamenca Vignettes,” Federico Garcia Lorca, Collected Poems

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“Schottische Miniatures in 2/4 Time” (6 poems: Suzanne Marie, Josephine Dehullu, Nightfall,
Death’sLament, Church/Farm, and Memo)

Thomas Lux, “Elegy for Robert Winner” from New & Selected Poems

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“I Dreamed a Black Stetson”

W. S. Merwin, “The Camel Moth,” “The Answer,” “The Broken,” “The Herald,”  The Book of Fables

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“The Star Panther”
“The Purpose”
“The Knife Maker”
The Person Who Lives in the Blood
Rope for Her
The Daisy

Pablo Neruda, “Loves: Teresa”, Isla Negra

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“Names Better Left Unsaid”
Isla Negra Arrived and I Remembered
“Yes, Flags Wave for Me”

Milner Place, “Favela,” and “The Trapper,” In a Rare Time of Rain, and “The Great River, Caminante

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The Reader
Off Victoria Road
Harrow Song

Adrienne Rich, “Diving Into The Wreck”

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Divining Love

Rainer Maria Rilke, “Washing the Corpse”, The Selected Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke, Edited and Transalted by Stephen Mitchell

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Green Room

Charles Simic, “Dismantling the Silence”, Contemporary American Poetry, Fifth Edition

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Building The Snake
“Assembling a Promise”

William Stafford, selected readings from Contemporary American Poetry, Fifth Edition

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What Happens When a Word Won’t Come

Ronald Wallace, from Ted Kooser’s ALP posting of Wallace’s “Sustenance”

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Eleanor Wilner, from Otherwise, “Night Fishing in the Sound”

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Day Watching the Weather

Jeff Worley, from American Life in Poetry, “On Finding a Turtle.”
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Along the Aisles of the Ensenada Fish Market


  1. I do a lot of writin’ — that’s for sure. And I try to acknowledge those writers who influence me by giving a link to their work. I owe them way more than that. Glad you stopped by, Jan.


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