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Poem Title   Author
919 If I can stop one Heart from breaking
Jul. 27, 1995
943 A Coffin -- is a small Domain,
May. 15, 2000
986 A narrow Fellow in the Grass
Jul. 15, 1994
A Backyard in California
Jun. 28, 1997
A Bad Moment
Apr. 27, 2002
A Barred Owl
Sep. 4, 2011
A Basket of Buttons
Apr. 28, 2001
A Bestiary (excerpts: "Herring," "Lion," and "Wolf")
Mar. 12, 2000
Mar. 12, 2001
Mar. 12, 1999
A Birthday
Jul. 11, 2003
A birthday Poem for Elizabeth
Mar. 20, 1993
A Bitterness
Sep. 10, 1993
A Blessing
Oct. 27, 2010
A Blind Man at the Museum
Jul. 18, 2003
A Boat
Aug. 1, 2012
A Boat beneath a Sunny Sky
Jan. 27, 2007
A Boy Goes into the World
May. 23, 2003
A Boy in a Bed in the Dark
Jan. 18, 2007
Jan. 18, 2005
Jan. 18, 2008
A Brief Lecture on Door Closers
Jul. 7, 2004
A Brief, Familiar Story of Winter
Nov. 28, 1997
A Bum's Life
Apr. 25, 1998
A California Girlhood
Jul. 30, 2007
A Cat in Eden
Sep. 6, 1998

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