City of Salt (Pitt Poetry Series)

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City of Salt, Gregory Orr’s sixth book of poems, is largely autobiographical and presents moments of intense emotion which are anchored in clearly dramatized events.  These are poems of elegy and celebration, and of occasions where the two modes fuse in acts of redemptive imagination.

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“Stark, chillingly beautiful poems that record the unraveling of a family and their doomed attempt, moving to another country, to rebuild.”
—Prairie Schooner

"A reader unfamiliar with Orr's work may be surprised, at first, by the richness of both action and visual detail that his succinct, spare poems convey. Lyricism can erupt in the midst of desolation."
—Boston Globe

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822955573
  • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1995
  • Series: Pitt Poetry Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 64
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Gregory Orr is professor of English and director of the M.F.A. program at the University of Virginia.

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Table of Contents

Origin of the Marble Forest 3
A Litany 4
A Moment 5
Haiti, 1961 6
House of Childhood 7
Everything 8
The Citadel 9
In the House of Orphans 10
A Dark Night 11
Elegy 12
Who'd Want to Be a Man 15
The Door 16
The Vase 17
Night Journey 18
The Motorcycle 19
A La Mysterieuse 20
Muse of Midnight 21
Tristan and Iseult 22
The Hinge 23
The Fire Hydrant 24
The Cliff 25
The Gray Fox 26
Self-Portrait at Twenty 27
Looking Back 28
Lament 29
After Piero Cosima's Venus and Sleeping Mars 33
Betrayals/Hades, Eurydice, Orpheus 34
Investigation 35
The Change 36
Penelope/The White Door 37
In the Art Museum 38
Suspicions 39
Annunciation 40
Glukupikron 41
Aubade 42
Scarlet T-shirt: The Lyric Muse 43
Full Moon 47
The Gift 48
Father's Song 49
The Search 50
Cartoons 51
I Found a Bird 54
Clear Night 56
The Path 57
My Father's Voice 58
Elegy 59
The Cherry Orchards 61
Under Pressure 62
Three Small Songs 63
The City of Salt 64
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