The lurking menaces in the lives of each character in Fall Back Down When I Die by Joe Wilkins (Little, Brown and Company, $27) are like the wolves that have begun reappearing in the mountains of Eastern Montana: shadowy, elusive, and always just out of...

Home Beside the weathered garden gate Down at the old home place, A withered wildflower Lies peaceful and still, Too faded, too weak to bare its face. The intrepid spirit of fragrant youth Fell languid beneath the sun; A pale and weary traveler, Whose race was briefly run. The barren earth is warm at last...

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