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Library Journal
The Roman numeral of the title refers to the 100 lyrics that constitute Chappell's latest book. Written under the demanding influence of the Latin epigrammatist Martial, these tightly armatured, rigorously formal poems would in spirit find welcome in both the Roman and English Augustan ages. Brief, witty, and often tart, the poems skewer modern times (``The morning headlines write our satire for us''), academe (``Blossom's footnotes never shirk/ The task of touting his own work''), and other subjects with equal zest. But nectar is served with the venom, as in pieces like ``A Field of Orchard Grass'': ``Feminfinite sea, wavelight breaking/ on the afternoon like the silence of harps.'' Not every poem earns its existence or feels comfortable in the 1990s, but the impressive display of prosodic skill is in itself enjoyable.-- Fred Mura tori, Cornell Univ. Lib., Ithaca, N.Y.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807117859
  • Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/1993
  • Series: Voices of the South Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Product dimensions: 5.54 (w) x 8.51 (h) x 0.28 (d)

Meet the Author

Fred Chappell, professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, has received the Bollingen Prize for Poetry and many other awards. He is the author of numerous books of poetry, including Source, First and Last Words, and the tetralogyMidquest, as well as several works of fiction, including the novels I Am One of You Forever and Brighten the Corner Where You Are.

Fred Chappell, professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, has received the Bollingen Prize for Poetry and many other awards. He is the author of numerous books of poetry, including Source, First and Last Words, and the tetralogyMidquest, as well as several works of fiction, including the novels I Am One of You Forever and Brighten the Corner Where You Are.

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Table of Contents

I Proem 1
II Small Is Beautiful 2
III Satire 2
IV Morning Light 2
V How to Do It 3
VI Rejoinder 3
VII Aubade 4
VIII Daisy 5
IX White Clover 5
X Chipmunk 5
XI Epitaph: The Poet 6
XII Epitaph: The Reprobate 6
XIII Malgre Lui 6
XIV First Novel 7
XV Upon a Confessional Poet 7
XVI Rebellious Child 7
XVII No Defense 8
XVIII Consensus 8
XIX Toadstool 8
XX Honeysuckle 9
XXI Dandelion 9
XXII Dodder 9
XXIII Literary Critic 10
XXIV Another 10
XXV Another 10
XXVI Another 11
XXVII Another 11
XXVIII Another 11
XXIX Another 11
XXX Reply Letter 12
XXXI Televangelist 13
XXXII Overheard in the Tearoom 13
XXXIII Grace Before Meat 14
XXXIV Another 14
XXXV Another 14
XXXVI Agriculture 15
XXXVII Upon a Municipal Architect 15
XXXVIII Snowflake 16
XXXIX A Field of Orchard Grass 16
XL The Intimation 16
XLI Rx 17
XLII The Truth at Last 17
XLIII Foreshadowing 18
XLIV Memorial 18
XLV For the Tomb of the Little Dog Zabot 19
XLVI Nettle 19
XLVII Marigold 20
XLVIII Dressage 20
XLIX A Woman 21
L Another 21
LI Epitaph: The Playboy 22
LII Blue Law 22
LIII El Perfecto 23
LIV Epitaph: Lydia 24
LV Sex Manual 24
LVI L'Amoureuse 25
LVII The Voice 26
LVIII Ave atque Vale 27
LIX I Love You 27
LX Midway in This Life 28
LXI A Glorious Twilight 29
LXII Wedding Anniversary 30
LXIII The Stories 30
LXIV Coming Home 31
LXV A Hanging Lamp 31
LXVI Definition 32
LXVII Corollary 32
LXVIII Epitaph: Prevarication 32
LXIX The Stars 33
LXX Allora 34
LXXI Depot 35
LXXII The Swallows 35
LXXIII 2 in 1 35
LXXIV Gigi 36
LXXV What Fun 36
LXXVI Now Look Here 36
LXXVII Threads 37
LXXVIII Stand-Up Comic 38
LXXIX Upon an Amorous Old Couple 38
LXXX The Old Actor 39
LXXXI Liberal 40
LXXXII Conservative 40
LXXXIII Villon 41
LXXXIV The Ubi Sunt Lament of the Beldame Hen 41
LXXXV Epitaph: Justice 42
LXXXVI A Riddle 43
LXXXVII Another 43
LXXXVIII Another 44
LXXXIX In the Garden 45
XC Serenade 46
XCI Bedtime Prayer 47
XCII Another 47
XCIII Another 47
XCIV Autumn Oaks 48
XCV A Reflection 48
XCVI The Moon Regards the Frozen Earth 49
XCVII The Earth Replies 49
XCVIII To Old Age 50
XCIX Apology 51
C The Epigrammatist 52
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