Arrow Pointing North

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David Dodd Lee’s speaker responds to his wife’s debilitating illness and the threat it poses to their life together by immersing himself in Nature’s dark order: “Late afternoons, in the fall, while the children / Chase each other with their paper horses, / ...the bones of digested songbirds / Thud down / Onto soft green beds, pine needles and moss.” His poems combat physical limitations with a heightening of the senses, and the opening of a symbolic realm: “That landscape of spectral forms / We glide through, ...
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Overview

David Dodd Lee’s speaker responds to his wife’s debilitating illness and the threat it poses to their life together by immersing himself in Nature’s dark order: “Late afternoons, in the fall, while the children / Chase each other with their paper horses, / ...the bones of digested songbirds / Thud down / Onto soft green beds, pine needles and moss.” His poems combat physical limitations with a heightening of the senses, and the opening of a symbolic realm: “That landscape of spectral forms / We glide through, silently, unable to speak...”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781884800412
  • Publisher: Four Way Books
  • Publication date: 4/1/2002
  • Series: Stahlecker Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 68
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Window Drive-In 3
Ohio Fever 4
Finding Mushrooms at Dawn Along the Paw Paw River 6
The Lighthouse 7
The Universe as Ellipsis 8
Unretrievable Love Poem 10
Sometimes I'd Sit in the Field 12
The Black Bass 13
Drunks 14
Meteorology 15
Detour: Tampa 17
Iron Mountain, Daughter 18
Unretrievable Love Poem (#2) 19
Losing Everything 21
Wilderness 22
Burning Leaves 23
The Wedge 24
Summer 25
At the Moment of Death 26
Reading the Bible at Work 27
Hummingbird, Number 17 28
A History of Owls 29
Quarter Notes 30
Starlight 32
Inside/Outside 33
I Want to Be Buried 34
At the Hospital 35
The Owl Left a Feather in the Bucket Again 36
Cigarette Break 37
Out at Sea 39
The Beauty of the Present Tense 40
Instead 41
The Time I Lost My Keys 42
Before 43
Talking about Snow All Night 44
An Arrow Pointing North 46
After Diagnosis 47
Night Juniper 48
Vanishing Point 49
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