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81 Acknowledgments Thanks to the following journals and anthologies, where some of these poems (sometimes in different forms) appeared: Best American Poetry 2018, Boston Review, Cincinnati Review, Chicago Review, Dostoevsky Wan­ nabe’s Cities: Boston, Free Verse, Harvard Review Online, Hyperallergic, Ken­ yon Review, The Nation, New York Review of Books, Oversound, Poets.org Poem­ A­ Day, Poetry Northwest, Prodigal, Raritan, Threepenny Review, Tin House. The author wishes to thank Devin Johnston, Kit Novotny, Hai- Dang Phan, Catherine Stearns, Susan Stewart

The Eternal City Th e attic fan rattles in its hammered tin house—as seemingly ceaseless as the body’s unquiet engine. Today something’s gone awry: the drone, usually poised, a nearly silent arpeggio, has become a disinterested scream. Th is is the third heat wave of July. Again the fi re department sounds the citywide alarm & then police cars wail. Rome is burning! But Rome is not burning. Instead I am reading, in a shrill hum, about Marcus Aurelius—because this is what I do on days too hot to move—the heads of the red geraniums steaming in their planters— too

”); PEN America (“Assail as sail ails as,” “Descreation Myth,” “Stet”); Sidereal (“Road Not End,” “[See: ero- sion],” “Something wonderful is about to happen to you,” “then read- ing in the garden”); Sprung Formal (“Cry unto Country”); Tin House (“Are not no tear”); Unsplendid (“Q & A,” “This, Certain”); Versal (“Daisies is ideas”). The author also thanks Michelle Falkoff, Joseph Harrison, Kristin Kelly, and Kyle Stine for believing in these poems and thanks Jane Lewty for her support and insights throughout the years this book took its form(s). The excerpt

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73 Acknowledgments I am extremely grateful to the editors of the following journals, in which some of these poems and translations have appeared, sometimes in variant forms: 14 Hills, Beloit Poetry Journal, berfrois, Boston Review, Gramma, Har- vard Review Online, London Review of Books, the minnesota review, The Na- tion, Poetry, Southeast Review, and Tin House. I could not have made this book without the support of the Poetry Foundation, the 92nd Street Y, the Ledbury Poetry Festival, and the English Department at the University of Connecticut. To all my

, much expanded, of a paper that was first presented at the 2009 Hatfield conference and again as a twenty-minute “After Hours Conversation” at the Institute for Advanced Study in 2011. I am grateful to Helmut Hofer and Piet Hut for making the 2011 version pos- sible and to all the participants in both meetings for their generous at- tention and their challenging questions. The Hardy thread in chapter 10 originally appeared, in streamlined form, as a stand-alone essay in Issue 50 of Tin House, under the title Unexpected, Economical, Inevitable. Working with Tin

, much expanded, of a paper that was first pre- sented at the 2009 Hatfield conference and again as a twenty-minute “After Hours Conversation” at the Institute for Advanced Study in 2011. I am grateful to Helmut Hofer and Piet Hut for making the 2011 version possible and to all the participants in both meetings for their generous attention and their challenging questions. The Hardy thread in chapter 10 originally appeared, in streamlined form, as a stand-alone essay in Issue 50 of Tin House, under the title Unexpected, Economi- cal, Inevitable. Working with Tin

: “More Broken than Yours,” “Universal” Laurel Review: “Going Viral” Narrative Magazine: “On Birdsong” New England Review: “The Apples,” “Critique of Judgment” New Poems: “Some Men” The New Yorker: “My Book” Okey- Panky: “Fireworks,” “Lament,” “Oriole” Poetry: “Homer” Poetry Northwest: “Bone,” “Inventory,” “Photograph,” “Polaroid Model 1000 OneStep, Circa 1978” Poets.org: “On the Origins of Things” Rattle: “Cutting Room,” “Tamara” Tin House: “Past Imperfect” The Walrus: “Charlie Brown” Washington Square: “On Blindness” Zyzzyva: “Death by Landscape,” “Second Wind

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