Rain on the River: Selected Poems and Short Prose

Rain on the River: Selected Poems and Short Prose

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by Jim Dodge
     
 

ISBN-10: 0802138969

ISBN-13: 2900802138964

Pub. Date: 04/28/2002

Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.

While Jim Dodge is internationally known for his fiction, his first and abiding passion is poetry. After eighteen years of publishing anonymously and reading only to local crowds in the Pacific Northwest, he began to issue occasional limited-edition letterpress chapbooks with a small press, as well as occasional broadsides and, since 1987, a Winter Solstice poem or…  See more details below

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While Jim Dodge is internationally known for his fiction, his first and abiding passion is poetry. After eighteen years of publishing anonymously and reading only to local crowds in the Pacific Northwest, he began to issue occasional limited-edition letterpress chapbooks with a small press, as well as occasional broadsides and, since 1987, a Winter Solstice poem or story, mostly given as gifts to friends. Rain on the River contains work collected here for the first time, as well as three dozen previously unpublished poems. Dodge's poems and short prose offer the same pleasures as his fiction -- a splendid ear for language, great emotional range and subtlety, a sharp eye for the illuminating detail, and a sensibility that encompasses outright hilarity, savage wit, and tender marvel, all made eminently accessible through writing of uncompromising clarity and grace.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900802138964
Publisher:
Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date:
04/28/2002
Edition description:
NE
Pages:
144

Table of Contents

Notes and Acknowledgments
Learning to Talk3
The Cookie Jar4
Things Thought Through7
On Balance8
Decomposition9
Psycho Ecology10
Life of the Spirit11
Aweigh12
Tao-to-Tao16
To Be17
Practice, Practice, Practice19
Wisdom and Happiness20
Red Sails22
Squall & Commotion23
Slow Learner24
Bathing Joe25
Mahogany China30
The First Cut Is the Deepest31
Waiting for Houdini to Come Up32
The Countessa33
Venison Stew35
Winter Song37
On Humor: On Mating Donkeys and Onions38
Watering the Garden on the Hottest Day of the Summer39
Palms to the Moon40
A Firmer Grasp of the Obvious41
The Work of Art42
Steelhead Fishing, Smith River, January43
The Third Bank of the River45
Green Side Up46
One Thing After Another47
Unnatural Selections: A Meditation upon Witnessing a Bullfrog Fucking a Rock48
Fishing Devil's Hole at the Peak of Spring51
Getting After It55
How to Catch the Biggest Fish56
Hard Work57
There It Is58
Knowing When to Stop59
Vacation Expenses60
Basic Precepts and Avuncular Advice for Young Men61
Killing62
Death and Dying63
The Banker67
The Real Last Words of Billy the Kid69
The Moving Part of Motion71
How About72
Necessary Angels75
Prayer Bones76
Magic and Beauty78
Day Moon80
Karma Bird81
The Tunnel82
Hagerty Wrecks Another Company Truck84
Obsession85
Love Find86
Flux87
Thanks for the Dance88
The Stone89
Woman in a Room Full of Rubber Numbers90
Reason to Live91
Scratch92
Salvage93
An Epithalamium for Victoria95
Falling into Place97
Pay-By-Play98
Job Application99
The Mouth of the River100
The Prior and Subsequent Heavens101
Old Growth103
Three Ways to Get the Carrot on the Stick107
Eurydice Ascending108
The Drought of '76110
True Account of the Saucer People111
About Time112
Smithereens118
Jack o' Hearts Shopping Mortmart119
Holy Shit120

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