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When Elephants Last in the Dooryard Bloomed

When Elephants Last in the Dooryard Bloomed
Ray Douglas Bradbury

Ray Bradbury’s first ever poetry collection, available in ebook for the first time.Carried into strange and enticing realms by his fantastic stories, the multitudes of his admirers have never doubted that the author of Dandelion Wine, The Martian Chronicles, and other uniquely imaginative works of short and long fiction is a poet. But, even so, the intensity of feeling, the imaginative range, the variety of subject and style in this, Ray Bradbury’s first collection of poems, amaze.In ‘Remembrance’, the poet experiences a piercing gratitude when he roots out of a squirrel’s hole a long-forgotten message addressed, when he was twelve, to his later self. In ‘Old Mars, Then Be a Hearth to Us,’ the master of science fiction carries us closer to that glowing planet. In ‘Emily Dickinson, Where Are You? Herman Melville Called Your Name Last Night in His Sleep!’ the literary fantasist delights us with his romantic imagination. Lose yourself in the delights of science fiction’s master storyteller.

WHEN ELEPHANTS LAST IN THE DOORYARD BLOOMED

Ray Bradbury

Copyright (#ulink_0f129ee8-ea1e-5c54-9c95-42b2047e2942)

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Ebook Edition © JULY 2013 ISBN: 9780007539932

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Dedication (#ulink_60a72eb8-a5f6-541e-ae28-0ac69cbf6b9a)

THIS ONE TO THE MEMORY OF

my grandmother Minnie Davis Bradbury and my grandfather Samuel Hinkston Bradbury, and my brother Samuel and my sister Elizabeth Jane, long lost in the years but now remembered.

Table of Contents

Cover (#ud150df78-373e-5ef6-84b0-82d0b743aff9)

Title Page (#u5c54d855-7821-5881-9737-66909aaeb474)

Copyright (#ulink_1d187da3-83ab-5cad-8f88-56496cec8f43)

Dedication (#ulink_63248f95-556a-5a2d-adcf-9a3172dda23c)

Remembrance (#ulink_f60288fc-b33a-59a4-94b2-eac738af4e76)

Pretend at Being Blind, Which Calls Truth Near (#ulink_5e20ec09-4d17-5c1f-9ddf-808df0eaf1b8)

The Boys Across the Street Are Driving My Young Daughter Mad (#ulink_d0567d92-3dd3-572c-9a7a-a94eca21011e)

Old Ahab’s Friend, and Friend to Noah, Speaks His Piece (#ulink_85deded9-de68-59f0-a7e3-b8a264fbc754)

When Elephants Last in the Dooryard Bloomed (#ulink_e7ea2966-637c-5542-a4a6-e7c2be2c26c8)

Darwin, the Curious (#ulink_a76a0b5b-b558-5ab2-9f0e-a2cb799fc832)

Darwin, in the Fields (#ulink_dfba17bd-0a05-57eb-9e48-9cd6a327a5fa)

Darwin, Wandering Home at Dawn (#ulink_9b10630b-0e50-5199-a8dc-dd2a016a8ff3)

Evidence (#ulink_8d6dc2de-3f31-5a04-8220-672ce2cc3d92)

Telling Where the Sweet Gums Are (#ulink_7ad62ee3-83b5-505e-8bc3-8e40eeef4130)

Emily Dickinson, Where Are You? Herman Melville Called Your Name Last Night in His Sleep! (#ulink_4205c289-092c-5a1b-9aee-dd8aa42212d4)

O Give a Fig for Newton, Praise for Him! (#litres_trial_promo)

I Was the Last, the Very Last (#litres_trial_promo)

Man Is the Animal That Cries (#litres_trial_promo)

N (#litres_trial_promo)

Air to Lavoisier (#litres_trial_promo)

Women Know Themselves; All Men Wonder (#litres_trial_promo)

Death in Mexico (#litres_trial_promo)

All Flesh Is One; What Matter Scores? (#litres_trial_promo)

The Machines, Beyond Shylock (#litres_trial_promo)

That Beast upon the Wire (#litres_trial_promo)

Christ, Old Student in a New School (#litres_trial_promo)

This Time of Kites (#litres_trial_promo)

If You Will Wait Just Long Enough, All Goes (#litres_trial_promo)

For a Daughter, Traveling (#litres_trial_promo)