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I Watched You Disappear

Author: Anya Krugovoy Silver
Publisher: LSU Press
ISBN: 0807153052
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Passionately written and perfectly crafted, Anya Krugovoy Silver's poems help us to view life through a different lens. In I Watched You Disappear, she offers meditations on sickness but also celebrations of art, motherhood, and family, as well as a sequence of poems based on the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm. Throughout her collection, Silver examines feelings of pain, anger, and urgency caused by a serious illness and presents the struggle to cope in a lyrical and moving way. Never overwhelmed by her own mortality, Silver manages to speak with beauty and grace about a terrifying subject. In her poems based on Grimm's fairy tales, Silver subtly and surprisingly interweaves retellings of these tales with reflections on life and death. Infinitely touching, engaging, and finely tuned, Silver's poems invite us to look at the lives we love in new and profound ways.

The Hard Blue Sky

Author: Shirley Ann Grau
Publisher: LSU Press
ISBN: 9780807126905
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"On the tiny Isle aux Chiens in the coastal curve just east of the tripatite mouth of the Mississippi live the witty, resourceful, sometimes inscrutable, always courageous desendants of Louisiana's French-Spanish pioneers. Depending upon the fickle Gulf for their livelihood, they have no illusions about the hazards of life or furtune. They watch, they quarrel, and they love--always beneath a hard blue sky; but they accept with bravery and zest whatever a day brings."--Page 4 of cover.

The Disappearing Poet Blues

Author: Marc Hudson
Publisher: Bucknell University Press
ISBN: 9780838755068
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"The poems in Marc Hudson's The Disappearing Poet Blues are driven by a moral anguish: how do we live, they ask, in strict circumstances; what is the worth of profoundly limited human life; how can one be both a good father and a good artist?"--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

The Turning Aside

Author: D. S. Martin
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 1532611455
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The Turning Aside is about stepping out of our routines--like Moses turning from tending sheep, like a certain man selling his everything to buy a field--to take time to consider the ways of God in the company of some of the finest poets of our time. Turn aside with such established poets as Wendell Berry, Les Murray, Luci Shaw, Elizabeth Jennings, Richard Wilbur, Dana Gioia, and Christian Wiman--and respond to their invitation for us to muse along with them. Walk with poets from various parts of the planet, even though some of them are less known, whose words have been carefully crafted to encourage us in our turning aside. The Turning Aside is a collection of Christian poetry from dozens of the most spiritually insightful poetic voices of recent years. It is a book I have long dreamed of compiling, and it has grown beyond my mere imagining in its fulfillment.

Second Bloom

Author: Anya Krugovoy Silver
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 1532630077
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In Second Bloom, Silver looks unflinchingly and honestly at the suffering of cancer, while at the same time celebrating the possibility of joy, the persistence of beauty and love, the simultaneous winnowing and comfort of faith. These poems are contemplative and often personal, but reach out to the world as a whole: from IV poles to hula hoops, from riding a roller coaster with one’s son to comforting a dying friend at Christmas. The poems glean their subject matter from ordinary life, from art, from the natural world. Silver’s poetry attempts to preserve the world’s luminous moments and to hold grace and despair simultaneously in the human heart.

Particular Scandals

Author: Julie L. Moore
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 1620327880
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Broad in scope--theological, ecological, and personal--and acutely particular in details--witnessed and lived--the affecting poems in Particular Scandals explore how one endures suffering, avoiding the cliches of both bitterness and transcendence. Thus, while Moore's poetry depicts the debilitating ruin illness wreaks, it also embraces the beauty and mystery in creation, in faith, even in tribulation itself. At the book's core is pure paradox and insightful integration, wedding Christmas--Christ's incarnation and eventual, willing sacrifice--to pain and grief. Thus, on the heels of Moore's multiple surgeries and amid her husband's serious heart problem--both while in their forties--come "flashes of hallelujah" and songs knit with Amens "un- / broken, like a world without end." Empathetic and observant, Moore's evocative poems also turn their attention to friends' and other family members' appalling losses: a stillborn infant, suicidal adolescents, molested, and trafficked children. All in all, the book portrays how Moore survives like the Sycamore tree in one of her poems, "scabbed and scarred from moments like this," offering her "empty self / like a cup to the Lord of the storm."

The Day Of The Mermaid And Other Poems

Author: Michael Healy
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1477139141
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An early spring morning . . . a young man fi shing in a rock-pool at the edge of the sea and exulting in his catch . . . a voice calling suddenly to him . . . the voice of a young woman who is slowly walking out from the waves . . . I beg you, let it free again. Th is is the setting for Th e Day of the Mermaid, a story of the awakened love of that young man for the maiden who appears before him, recounted when he is old and looking back upon the day when his heart was forever captured and forever broken a lyrical and romantic tale in gentle, sensitive and poignant verse: Why are you thus so sad? said I. Why do you grieve for such a thing? Is not the ocean full with fi sh? Is one worth so much sorrowing? Th en, from her lips, there came a sigh, And, in her voice, I heard the sea: Yes, even one is dear to me.


Author: Jasmine V. Bailey
Publisher: Carnegie Mellon Poetry
ISBN: 9780887486234
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These poems touch down in many parts of the world, from Argentina during the Dirty War to the alleys of the small towns in South Jersey where the author grew up. An extended study of the love poem, this book explores disappearance through political erasure, the march of time, and personal loss.

Disappearing Shanghai

Author: Howard W. French
ISBN: 9781931907811
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This book is a photographic exploration of life in the old and rapidly disappearing quarters of Shanghai, with accompanying poems and essays by the author of fiction and poetry, Qiu Xiaolong. The photographs, all taken in a documentary style over a period of five years, represent an intimate and invaluable visual natural history of a way of life in the workers’ quarters and other central districts of the city that held sway throughout the 20th century and into the early years of the 21st century, before yielding to the ambitious ongoing efforts at urban reconstruction. Mr. Qiu, whose best-known books are largely set in this old city, where his protagonist Inspector Chen walks around in investigations, is suited like few others to provide a lyrical accompanying text whose purpose is to celebrate the life, beauty and texture of this world before it has vanished altogether. No photographer has pursued this subject with more dedication and persistence than Mr. French, whose photographs of Shanghai have been exhibited on four continents. Taken together, the work of these two contributors offers compelling esthetics and lasting historical value for lovers of Shanghai, past, present and future.