Beautiful Motion: Poems by Dana Roeser


The fast-paced, linear poems in this volume draw "from speech, thoroughly and endearingly contaminated in the postmodern soup of advertising, self-help, science, pop media, and higher ed."

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The fast-paced, linear poems in this volume draw "from speech, thoroughly and endearingly contaminated in the postmodern soup of advertising, self-help, science, pop media, and higher ed."

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Editorial Reviews

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"The poems inside the slender volume feature stunning images of females at every phase of life... a non-fattening, one-size-fits-all treat."—Murray Ledger & Times

"These poems are ultimately triumphant in the face of loss, rejecting expected pity and bitterness in favor of a languishing in everyday details. As an alternative to narrative and logic, these poems are your childhood friends who have linked arms and make a joint effort to walk side-by-side, thoughtless of anything that might prevent their journey and thus, triumphant over any obstacle. The only possible threat to their success is a thoughtless reader. Like all associative poems, diligence is required; after all these are not your associations but those of another you are following. But your diligence will be rewarded handsomely; Roeser's slippery slope line breaks, as well as the frequent joy and celebration in these lines, will make you glad you came along."—Indiana Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555536220
  • Publisher: Northeastern University Press
  • Publication date: 10/7/2004
  • Series: Samuel French Morse Poetry Prize Series
  • Pages: 86
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Dana Roeser grew up in the Philadelphia area and was educated at Tulane University (B.A.), the University of Virginia (M.A., M.F.A.), and the University of Utah. Her poems have appeared in The Iowa Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, The Massachusetts Review, Indiana Review, Another Chicago Magazine, Northwest Review, Pool, Shade, and others, as well as on Poetry Daily. She has received fellowships from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Ragdale Foundation. She teaches at Butler University in Indianapolis and lives with her husband and two daughters in West Lafayette, Indiana. Ellen Bryant Voigt teaches in the low-residency MFA Program for writers at Warren Wilson College. She is the author of six books of poems: Claiming Kin, The Forces of Plenty, The Lotus Flowers, Two Trees, Kyrie, and Shadow of Heaven, as well as a collection of essays on poetic craft, The Flexible Lyric.

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Table of Contents

Ars domestica 3
Low horizon 6
Asthma in summer : family vacation at Virginia beach 11
3 A.M. : put Pedro to sleep 14
Under water 17
Glitter & shine 19
November 15, before the frost 23
Land of the lotus eaters : Sea Island, Georgia 26
The Bill Irwin memorial 28
Charlie Butterworth is in my soul 32
Hot flash 35
My mother is magic 38
Suck and purl 41
In praise of annuals 44
Swimming at sportsplex : February mental sky 49
Making out 52
Moon journal 56
His hands like warm earth 59
Something sharp and the river 64
Abigail 66
Jesus at the help desk 69
Glass breaking : February meditation - Ragdale foundation, Lake Forest, Illinois 73
Fugue in summer : Don on the sofa again 78
The water table 80
Beautiful motion 87
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