Contents:

The Mighty Branches Of The Heart

PREFACE, 7

A NOTE ON THE TRANSCRIPTIONS, 52

1961-1962 HIGH SCHOOL: FRESHMAN YEAR AND SUMMER

I should think that, 57
Methinks that now the little miss, 60
My children, a slight kiss is welcome, 61
Oh, Peggy, now as you return, 62
When you come back we all will be, 63
This is a letter for my daughter, 64
Our little girl is not home, 65
Our little girl that from the dark, 66
It will be late when you come home, 67
Dearest Peggy as you enter, 68
For Margaret—in the reach of summer, 69

 

1962-1963 HIGH SCHOOL: SOPHOMORE YEAR AND SUMMER

Dearest Peggy welcome home, 72
For the certain type who entering late, 74
Peggy, welcome to this house, 75
Dearest Peggy: late + soon, 76
Dearest Peggy from this hour, 77
My daughter that the dark has claimed, 78
My child please come inside the door, 79
Now when you come home you will, 80
How sad it was to crunch, 81
What if the daughter coming home, 82
So the girl comes home at last, 83
Margaret wondering hopefully, 85
Childhood times lie now long, 86
Darkness, Lightness, fearless, 87
Iambic Dimeter, 88
Tonight we go back to the trite, 89
To Margaret on Her Return From the Basketball Game, 90
Poem for Peggy, 91
Before the phone destroys, 92

1963-1964 HIGH SCHOOL: JUNIOR YEAR AND SUMMER

The night + Monday morning loom, 95
Dearest Peggy, while you’re gone, 96
Dear Peggy welcome to your bed, 98
Dear Peggy Thank you for your sanity, 99
Dearest Peggy, did the map, 100
Dearest Peggy, now to know, 101
Dearest Peggy late + soon, 103
Advance upon this vestibule , 104
Dearest children of our hearts, 105
I wonder if the people know, 106
Dear Peggy + Carl, 107
Sweet Peggy, now the night is dark, 108
Dear Peg, I see the lighted house, 110
Peggy must feel that her hour, 111
Dearest Peg your parents are, 113
That from the theatre she comes in, 114
Dear Peggy when you come , 115
Before I eat my egg + soup, 116
Dearest Peggy Step inside, 117
Dearest Peggy in your roses , 118
Dearest Peggy, Welcome home, 119
Of course when one must live, 120
How sad I am you did not sail, 122
When Peg comes back into this room, 123

1964-1965 HIGH SCHOOL: SENIOR YEAR AND SUMMER

Dear Peggy, Here upon this floor, 127
Father and daughter have returned from their duty, 129
After tonight I cannot say, 131
Dearest Peggy, From my couch, 133
We watched the Beanfeed on the screen, 135
Some people call her Marguerite, 136
All right, my daughter, 137
O how the theatre rankles, 138
A daughter should never, 139
Dearest Peggy late or soon, 140
Cavort, collapse or what you will, 141
Dearest Peggy, dear wild child, 142
My daughter in the depth of night, 143
Dearest Peggy yet so near, 144
Enough is said. When darkness falls, 145
I often cried, 146
Dearest Peggy. Please don’t look, 147
The night of trying wet + snows, 148
Perhaps you had to face the diaper, 149
Dearest Peggy, will the days, 150
The booster for the battery is tied, 151
Dearest Peggy from the snow, 153
Dearest Peg with delight, 154
No mail came today. No bad, 155
Dearest Peggy, as I wait + wonder hard, 157
Best enter tranquil as you are within, 158
Dearest Peg Nothing rhymes with half-past-one! 159
Dearest Peg, 160
Dearest Peggy wonder not, 161
We say good night to our good child, 162
Who won the game, 163

1965-1969 COLLEGE AND SUMMER/FALL

We wait + hope the night will bring, 167
O my daughter, with what joy, 168
Ici bas, on ne pleure plus, 169
Now, dear Peggy, how I wonder, 170
With limited supplies of ink, 171
The Word, 172
Dearest Peggy, in this room where moonlight often, 175
What a lovely person comes, 177
For the gentleness that comes, 178
Music is not food; it is, 179
When people talk about communication, 180
Perhaps we dedicate this new December, 182
I love each moment of this snow, 183
Tonight you have the snow, 184
1969-1971 JOURNEYS
Bed is a welcoming right now, 187
Instead of wondering about the sea, 188
Dearest children welcome home, 189
Sylvia and Peggy, very dear, 190
Enter with love the end, 192

1972-1974 SANTA CRUZ, CALIFORNIA AND NEW MEXICO

Where the snow night unobserved, 196
Dearest “Pearl” from the bill, 197
Tonight is the first night of fall, 199
The white-throat plies, 201
Dearest Maggie, welcome back, 203
How hard and steep, 205
Whether for left or right, 206
The night comes in the afternoon, 207
Reentering the child’s abode, 209
For Peggy on the 25th of May, 211
Torn by your coming, leaving, 212
Dearest Maggie, 214
Matter. What matter is uncertain, 216
Dearest Peggy, Rhyme, I’ve decided, 217
dearest child, the vex is where, 218
Dearest Mag, you know I am, 220
The moon invisible behind the stars, 222

1975-1979 NAVAJO NATION AND NEW MEXICO

Magwa, 226
Beloved child, 227
However small the room how much we grow, 228
As one hides the pomegranate, 230
If anything can mar, 232
The air is holding, 233
Especially now the, 234
As you depart, 236
Margarita, and Peggy, very dear, 238
Welcome home to this confusion, 240
Interested always in your world, 242
The bird (the White throat returns—, 243
Goodnight sweet child, 244
Afternoon of pleasure, 246
This is a Shakespearean sonnet. Tomorrow there, 247
This here is a Petrarchan sonnet, 248
growing older the first, 249
Tonight no bloom, 250
Augmented Interval, 251

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS, 253

INDEX OF FIRST LINES, 255



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