Preface; I. Origins; Not ""I""; Dirt's Minion; Teaching Taste, Making Soul; Filthy; Water Rites; II. The Sestina; Sacred and Profane: The Sestina as Rite; Ardor and the Sestina; Destruction and the Blossom: The Sestina in War; III. Litany; All Hail Litany: Three Variations; IV. Illustrious Forebears; Marianne Moore's Prose: Antithesis as Modus Operandi; Akhmatova: The Leper's Rattle; W.S. Merwin's ""One Story"": A Tribute; V. Poetry as a Way of Witnessing; The Poetry of Witness: Then, and Now; Peripatetic Witnesses: Karen Swenson and Mary Crow.
The Mythic Dimension of Witness: BerdeshevskyHacker and Khoury-Gata: Poets in a Time of War; Ingrid Wendt: Nonviolent Woman Warrior; VI. Poetry and the Healing Arts; Poetry and the Healing Arts: Collaboration; Violence and Dignity; Beautiful Trouble; Madurai: Temple Beggar; We Are So Vast; Two Motion Fast Happening God; Romola: Renegade in the People's Republic of China.