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POEMS FROM MYTHS & TEXTS (1960)
“‘Tiger’s Song’: I gnaw the body of delight…”

Reed College, February 14, 1956

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This entire poem was edited from the final version of Myths & Texts. Originally published in Reed’s Janus magazine in May 1951. Later reprinted in Left Out in the Rain (1986), with no variations between this recording and the published version.

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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