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The Ark Builders

List of contents

I
History of Happen / 11
Dialogue with Madam Alexei / 12
Following Frida / 14
Ageing Girls / 15
Girls of the Nation / 17
Breaking the Border / 18
Café Terrace at Night, 1888 / 19
Considering Puccini's Women / 20
Summer, Salsomaggiore / 22
The Sisters of Viareggio / 24
II
Explorer / 27
Les Fran├žais sont arrivés, Die Deutschen Auch / 28
Burren Falcon / 30
The Poulnabrone Dolmen / 31
Heat / 32
An Amnesiac in Dublin / 33
The Mess of Our Lives / 36
Within the Secret State / 38
Rain, That Thief / 40
A Young Fisherman Waits for the Weather to Change / 41
Fairy Rath / 43
Christmas / 45
Lovers Can Disregard It All / 46
The Ark Builders / 47
III
Santiago de Compostella / 51
Growing into Irish Through Galicia / 52
Only on the Edge / 54
Equatorial / 56
The Sea Knows / 58
A Need for Devil's Pokers / 60
Seven Monaco Haiku / 62
Blush Season / 64
Taking the Measure / 65
Garage Events / 66
Letting Down His Hair / 67
After / 68
Dead People's Clothes / 69
Random Questions / 70
Scenes from Pre-life / 71
The Bread-Maker Speaks / 73
Star Reading for a Young Poet / 75
Misirlou / 76
IV
Pentacle / 81
The Bee-Keeper's Son / 82
Lines to an Ancestor Before an Operation / 89

Biographical Note / 91