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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.


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


, fooled, to this side of the shore. 14 REV. VALENTINE RATHBUN MEETS THE SHAKERS 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, dancing, hopping, 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, defiantly