Contents
Empty Room with Light


I Impressions

Looking at Pictures with My Mother 13

The Iconoclast 14

The Anarchist 15

Female Ancestor 16

Muse 18

Thumbelina 19

Father 20

Walnut Tree 21

Easter Coat 22

Compromise 23

Still Life 24

Resisting Geometry 26

The Way Out 28

II Family Gallery

Lullaby 33

Holy Family 34

The Properties of Objects 35

Improvisations 36

Painting With My Daughter 37

Marriage, with Children 38

Bonding 40

Inside the Lines 42

Chore 43

Errand 44

Fast Food 45

Teething 46

Geese with Their Young 47

Daughter, Age 9 48

Elegy for a Babysitter 50

Transformations 52

Julia Packs up her Playthings 53

On Loaning Maternity Clothes to a Friend 55

Empty Room with Light 56

III Life Studies

Thistles 59

Leafy 60

Spareribs 61

Apparition 62

Unspoken 63

When I Came Home from College 65

Collectors 66

Retirement 67

Kitchen Sink Meditation: Or Ode

to the One I Refused 69

Training 72

The Art Student 73

Examination 74

Medicine Woman 77

After T’ao Chi’en 78

IV Exhibitions

Rules of the Game 81

Surge 82

My Sister’s Report Card 84

Priestess of Love 85

Teacher’s Dream 86

Signifiers 87

Yoga With Rose 88

V En Plein Air

Ministry 90

The Burden 91

Forty-Something in Milwaukee 92

Insomnia 94

Night Vigil 95

Solitaire 96

Journey 98

The Author 99


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11/18/02