The Art of Drowning

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Lovely poems--lovely in a way almost nobody's since Roethke's are. Limpid, gently and consistently startling, more serious than they seem, they describe all the worlds that are and were and some others besides."--John Updike
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Overview

Lovely poems--lovely in a way almost nobody's since Roethke's are. Limpid, gently and consistently startling, more serious than they seem, they describe all the worlds that are and were and some others besides."--John Updike
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"A wonderful, thoughtful, sly, and moving collection." 
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"A brilliant collection."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822955672
  • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1995
  • Series: Pitt Poetry Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 301,182
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Dear Reader 3
Consolation 7
Osso Buco 8
Directions 10
Influence 12
Water Table 14
Reading in a Hammock 16
Print 17
Sunday Morning with the Sensational Nightingales 18
Cheers 20
The Best Cigarette 22
Metropolis 24
Days 26
Tuesday, June 4, 1991 27
The Art of Drowning 33
Canada 34
The Biography of a Cloud 36
Death Beds 38
Conversion 40
Horizon 41
The City of Tomorrow 42
Thesaurus 44
Fiftieth Birthday Eve 46
On Turning Ten 48
Shadow 50
Workshop 51
Keats's Handwriting 57
Budapest 59
My Heart 60
Romanticism 61
Monday Morning 63
Dancing Toward Bethlehem 64
The First Dream 65
Sweet Talk 66
Dream 67
Man in Space 68
Philosophy 69
While Eating a Pear 71
The End of the World 72
Center 74
Design 75
The Invention of the Saxophone 79
Medium 81
Driving Myself to a Poetry Reading 83
Pinup 84
Piano Lessons 86
Exploring the Coast of Birdland 89
The Blues 91
Nightclub 92
Some Final Words 94
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