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A Grammar to Waking
     

A Grammar to Waking

by Nancy Eimers
 

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Time is the hour at which a pub closes, the moment we must put our pencils down, a way of paying later for something now. A Grammar to Waking explores moments we wake to the grammar of living time, what Virginia Woolf called "moments of being." In the drift of the present, of song in the throat of its bird and the verb in its sentence, the drift of loved one into

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Time is the hour at which a pub closes, the moment we must put our pencils down, a way of paying later for something now. A Grammar to Waking explores moments we wake to the grammar of living time, what Virginia Woolf called "moments of being." In the drift of the present, of song in the throat of its bird and the verb in its sentence, the drift of loved one into memory, of talk from the talker to the listener, how and where does meaning live? "There are so many rules we don't even know," writes Nancy Eimers, "but we wake to them anyway." This collection offers a reflective, loving look at the mystery of the time being.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780887484476
Publisher:
Carnegie-Mellon University Press
Publication date:
03/03/2006
Series:
Carnegie Mellon Poetry Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
88
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.40(d)

What People are Saying About This

David Wojahn
"Reading Nancy Eimers' searching and wise poems, I am reminded of Quevedo's famous lines, 'You look for Rome in Rome, O Pilgrim / but in Rome itself you do not find Rome.' The poems capture with an uncanny acuity the condition of displacement and homesickness-while-at-home which is now the American condition, and yet they never abandon their sense of wonder at the quotidian, their understanding of the strangeness which lies within the domestic. Eimers describes herself, in a poem entitled 'Mall at the Crossroads,' as a 'lost mariner'—yet she quickly adds that in this locale she is 'never lost.' Upon such paradoxes she has constructed a richly meditative and deeply resonant collection. Among the poets of her generation, she has very few peers."
Beckian Fritz Goldberg
"These poems unfold with such compassionate intelligence and in language so supple and strong as silk that one follows them with complete trust. Eimers has a remarkable ability for giving even the slightest things of our experience the reverence of attention—from a flock of birds, 'little candles dipping down out of one tree / and dripping / up into another . . .' to the heat 'like the final exhalation of a Wal-Mart store.' She understands the 'towardness of the world' and the result is a new and rapturous intimacy with what we thought was merely familiar. This is what the best poetry does, awaken us, and, in Heidegger's words, brings us onto the earth. A Grammar to Waking is that rare and powerful a book."

Meet the Author

A Grammar to Waking is NANCY EIMERS' third book of poetry. She is also the author of Destroying Angel (Wesleyan/University Press of New England, 1991) and No Moon, winner of the 1997 Verna Emery Prize (Purdue University Press). She has been the recipient of a Nation "Discovery" Award, two National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowships and a Whiting Writer's Award. She teaches creative writing at Western Michigan University and at Vermont College, and she lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

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