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79 Notes The italicized lines in “Jubilee” come from Leviticus 25. “Rev. Valentine Rathbun Meets the Shakers” borrows from the account quoted in The Shakers and the World’s People, edited by Flo Morse. “Aconite” makes use of Pliny’s speculations about the flower in his Natural History. “Impatient Earth” loosely translates Horace’s Ode 4.7. The phrase “Grace is still a secret” is taken from a prose fragment of Emily Dickinson. The second poem titled “The Convert” is based on a paragraph from Augustine’s Confessions, Book 10.

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Contents 1 Matinee, End of August 3 Ghost at the Hy- Vee 4 Christmas Eve, I- 80, 10 p.m. 5 Hosts and Guests 6 Eye of a Needle 8 Jubilee 10 Ourselves 12 Rev. Valentine Rathbun Meets the Shakers 14 The Convert (I) 16 Great Blue Heron, Spofford Lake 17 Lion’s Mane Jellyfish 19 2 The Outdoor Amphitheater at Ashworth Park 23 Aconite 25 Boston Post Road 27 Water Clocks 29 Aporia 31 Jasper County Almanac 32 Potholes 34 Impatient Earth 36 Brood III 37 “Grace Is Still a Secret” 39 For Our Anniversary in Early June 40 The Pokémon Go People 41 3 First Lent in California 45

2. 23 THE OUTDOOR AMPITHEATER AT ASHWORTH PARK Only one kind of life would think to lie down loudly in the middle of this leafless whiteness in such wind, scraping arms and legs back and forth— herald angel/ distress signal— 24 and yelling for its partner to take its picture, another 25 ACONITE What’s bane to wolves and whales and poisons humans nourishes the dot moth and the yellow- tailed, the wormwood pug, as dark as a slug, the nervous mouse moth, and the engrailed. Distinguish milk- white from ivory, learn to locate sepals of aconite from the trail

at him. Swift-Footed-One still continued to stretch his tail far out while barking to bewitch me as he ran around and around at a distance from me and came dashing up closer and closer to me. When I had been doing this for some time, the God of Aconite Poison3 came dashing out [and said]: "The Fire Goddess has sent me to bear this message: Ό weighty deity, please come to pay me a peaceable visit, and let us meet to enjoy peaceful conversation!' " I have come to bring this message from the Fire Goddess." Thus spoke the God of Aconite

topped up during dry weather. Such artificial nests may also occasionally yield scarcer species than M. florea . 301 Garden plants that are attractive to hoverflies January to March Winter Aconites Eranthis spp . Crocuses Crocus spp . Mahonia spp . (different species flower at different times from November through to March) Viburnum tinus Willows (sallows) Salix spp . July/August Yarrows Achillea spp . Anise Hyssop Agastache foeniculum Masterworts Astrantia spp . Bishop’s Flower Ammi majus Shrubby Hare’s-ear Bupleurum fruticosum Borage Borago officinalis Bronze

Index Abe family, 10 Abe no Hirafu, 10 aconite poison, 119n, 131 Aeoina-kamui, 187, 190, 195, 201, 202 «tnu, 1,4, 60 einu kotan, ainu moshir, 4, 60,9In, 100η Ainu language, 7-8, 11, 16, 21, 380n Ainurakkur, 151, 187, 214, 228 tmset, 89n Amur river, 7, 40, 42 Angelis, Girolamo de, 16 eshimpe (indemnity), 69, 74n, 302, 338n, 345, 362 bad weather demon (shirt wen nitne), 366, 405 Batchelor, John, 15, 17-18, 19, 21, 171, 187n, 239, 366 bear ceremonialism, 5-6, 26, 62, 63-64, 115 bears, 4, 5, 46, 63, 75, 97n, 115, 126, 133, 134, 135, 162 Big Demon

INDEX Achelous, 58, 63n.98, 156 Acis, 21, 24, 114, 122-124 aconite, 173-174, 176 Actaeon, 60 Adonis, 175-176 Aegeus and Medea, 153—154, 156 Aeneas, 75n.l20, 180-187, 201 Aesacus, 169-170, 175n.26 aetiology, 10, 103; and cultural identity, 199—206; in the Fasti, 202—206; and flux, 191-214; and wordplay, 167- 177. See also aition Agamemnon, 56 Aglauros, 17-18, 34-35, 40, 65-67, 160, 163—166. See also Cecrops, daughters of aition, 101, 102, 172, 174. See also aetiology Aius Locutius, 33n.48 Ajax, 59 Alcmaeon, 6, 19 AIiecto, 70-71 allegory

. Finally, 3 Women (usually shamanesses) blow puffs of breath (husse) out of their mouths to drive away evil or to heal the sick and wounded. SONG OF DAUGHTER OF MOUNTAIN GOD 131 I restored her to her previous form. After that, she raised herself up on her elbows. After that, I went out through the window. Then the humans tipped their quivers and shot me with their arrows. Immediately, the God of the Aconite Poison wrapped himself around my legs, and I became an animal carcass. After that, they invited me inside the house. At that time, the Fire

241 I n de x Page numbers in italics refer to illustrations. aconite, 19, 29, 123, 131, 161, 167 acupuncture, 6 alchemy, 6, 44, 81 amateurism, among Confucian literati, 15– 16, 41, 77, 82, 98, 101; attacks on, 110, 120 Analects (Confucius), 15 animals, medicine derived from, 162–64, 166 astrology, 14, 31 baizhu (medicinal herb), 158–59, 161 bamboo, 96–97 bencao (materia medica), 1–2; declining prestige of, 3–4; modernization of, 182; neo-Confucians on, 62–63, 75, 80–101; Ming popularity of, 98, 121; Qing attitudes toward, 18, 109, 115–25; state involvement