The italicized lines in “Jubilee” come from Leviticus 25.
“Rev. ValentineRathbunMeetstheShakers” 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
The second poem titled “The Convert” is based on a paragraph from Augustine’s
Confessions, Book 10.
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
Rev. ValentineRathbunMeetstheShakers 14
The Convert (I) 16
Great Blue Heron, Spofford Lake 17
Lion’s Mane Jellyfish 19
The Outdoor Amphitheater at Ashworth Park 23
Boston Post Road 27
Water Clocks 29
Jasper County Almanac 32
Impatient Earth 36
Brood III 37
“Grace Is Still a Secret” 39
For Our Anniversary in Early June 40
The Pokémon Go People 41
First Lent in California 45
to this side of the shore.
Niskayuna, New York, 1780
Whose throat did it start from,
the tune that tests the length
of the wooden, high- windowed room,
an unknown mutter mixed with English
sliding like static
among their prone spirits
until, without apparent sign
or rule, all fall in,
the Believers bound together
only in their bodies’
tensions, their coiled
distinctions from each other:
one jigs, one drops face- first to the floor,
one blends to the wall in prayer,
one stands and claps,