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“Nostalgia,” “To His Coy Mistress,” and “Invitation to the Opera.”

This is part of a series of columns that feature a most-loved poem. Each of these poems is coupled with and a poem or two that speak to, or resonate with, the first poem. This week’s poem is “Nostalgia” by Billy Collins, written in 1991. The two other poems are “To His Coy Mistress” by Andrew Marvell and my own “Invitation to the Opera.” Collins’ poem is my personal favorite. The complete Poetry Foundation

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The Sureness of Horses, Chapters 1 and 2

It is not enough for a horseman to know how to ride; he must know how to fall. —Mexican Proverb 1 At the Dallas/Fort Worth airport, headed home, I made a beeline for the gate that said San Francisco. The agent scanned my upgraded ticket and motioned me onboard early. On the plane, an attendant took my coat and directed me to a window seat of soft leather. Unfamiliar with first

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The Sureness of Horses Chapters 32, 33, and 34

Click to see: Summary of Preceding Chapters 32 Once Eva was successfully settled in with Diana and Beth, the days went by in a blur. In addition to worrying about Eva and any relationship I had left with Diana, I had to screen my calls for reporters. A story, “Police Investigating Possible Murder Suicide,” was printed on page three of the paper the next day, but my name wasn’t in the article,

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The Sureness of Horses, Chapters 29, 30, and 31

Click to see: Summary of Preceding Chapters  29 I was dreaming of Marita when the phone rang. Could it be her? She had said she’d call as soon as she could. But the images I’d been conjuring up faded when the caller identified himself as Sergeant Ames from the Palo Alto Police Department. Police? “Mr. Middleton?” he said, sounding professional. “We’d like you to come down to the station.” I got

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The Sureness of Horses Chapters 26, 27, and 28

Click to see: Summary of Preceding Chapters     26 As we moved to a new vantage point in the hunt field, Diana yelled over to me, “Listen. The hounds are on something.” After a quick word to the third field master, she led me off at a gallop. Or, as I was learning to say, we cantered. The hounds were making a loud racket past the second ridge. “Let’s see what

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Summary of Chapters 1-22, The Sureness of Horses

Week 1: Chapters 1, and 2 (pages 2-19—18 pages) –Exiting a plane, Diana Buchanan asks Wade Middleton’s help with a heavy saddle. He throws his back out. Guilt overcomes her conservatism; she drives him home. The next morning his friend Jorge Calderon comes seeking help at work. –When Diana asks Wade about his interest in poetry he reads her a poem about horses. She’s not free to date, but they

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