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Collection — From the March 1962 issue

Six poems

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Poetry — From the March 1962 issue

Old letters

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The open soul

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Indomitable

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Vessel

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Dry time

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Temperance

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Poetry — From the January 1960 issue

Say which

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Poetry — From the March 1958 issue

Dunce’s song

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Poetry — From the September 1957 issue

Departure

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Incinerator

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Little trip

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Poetry — From the July 1957 issue

If you but dreamed it

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Collection — From the July 1957 issue

Three poems

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Article — From the March 1957 issue

Know what you want

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Poetry — From the September 1951 issue

Soul and circumstance

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Fiction — From the July 1951 issue

Nobody say a word

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A story

Poetry — From the February 1951 issue

Remembered gaiety

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Death went away

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“If Jefferson and Lincoln . . .”

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