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POEMS FROM MYTHS & TEXTS (1960)
“The Dosewallips Valley…In the ruins of a CCC shelter…”

Reed College, February 14, 1956

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This poem was edited from the final version of Myths & Texts. Not published until 1986 in the “Atthis” section of Left Out in the Rain. The published poem is considerably different than the version read on this tape. See “Up the Dosewallips,” in Left Out in the Rain, p. 29.

BEASTS
Introductory Remarks to “Beasts”
“First Shaman Song: In the village of the dead…” 
“‘Birds’—Birds in a whirl, drift to the rooftops…” 
“The swallow shell that eases birth…”
“Now some poems about bears…”
“‘Deer’—I dance on all the mountains…”
“‘Tiger’s Song’: I gnaw the body of delight…”
“The head of the mountain goat is in the corner…” 
“‘Mouse’— Cat wouldn’t finish that mouse…”
“Two Dance Songs for a Four-Crowned Dancing Hat”
“This is a poem for Maitreya, the future Buddha…”
“Gull came down slantwise over the deck…”
“This is in the Olympics, the Grey Wolf Valley…” 
“The Dosewallips Valley…In the ruins of a CCC shelter…”
“First day of the world…”
“How rare to be born a human being…”

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