Civil Twilight

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The poems in Civil Twilight animate the present with a resonant sense of the past as character and as compass. The poems in the collection reveal a fascination with the possibilities that exist at every moment and the human urge to resist the inevitable and keep those possibilities open. The language of these poems is personal and precise, attuned to the mind and the ear, and, with each line, readers are reminded of the perilous nature of our existence here on earth and of the ...
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Overview

The poems in Civil Twilight animate the present with a resonant sense of the past as character and as compass. The poems in the collection reveal a fascination with the possibilities that exist at every moment and the human urge to resist the inevitable and keep those possibilities open. The language of these poems is personal and precise, attuned to the mind and the ear, and, with each line, readers are reminded of the perilous nature of our existence here on earth and of the joys our lives hold.
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Bob Hicok
"The abiding interest of these poems are memory and the difficulty of making a self. I read this book as an emotional narrative, the details of the poet's life less important than the spirit in which they are rendered. It's Schilpp's lyrical imagination that I'm most drawn to here: I can feel her, in poem after poem, creating a reality that is shaped most of all by beauty. The poems succeed because they show her struggling to redeem her past. It's a testament to her ability as a poet that I know myself better having read this book. These are beautiful, quietly powerful poems."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780887485510
  • Publisher: Carnegie-Mellon University Press
  • Publication date: 1/11/2012
  • Series: Carnegie Mellon Poetry Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 104
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

MARGOT SCHILPP's poems have appeared widely in literary journals, including American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Copper Nickel, The Cincinnati Review, Crab Orchard Review, New England Review, and The Southern Review. A recipient of fellowships from Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Fundación Valparaí so (Spain), she lives in Connecticut with her husband, Jeff Mock, and their daughters, Paula and Leah.
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Table of Contents

Civil Twilight
Help
On Not Making Arrangements
Confessions of a Nanotechnologist
Wow
Subliminal Brain Track #47: Automobiles
Gravity
Décolletage
Good Girl

Iowa Sonata with Combine and Squirrel

Optimum Conditions
Rediscovering Fire
Let Them Watch
Score
Cumulus
End of Summer Dithyramb
Advice in the Form of Confusions
Secrets
Kicking Digger Out
An Explanation of Women's Undergarments
To Dad from Bob, Christmas 1939
Little Black Dress
In the Key of C

Charmed
Waiting Up
Concealments
Gratitude
On Not Following Instructions
Monsters
Coming of Age
At Rest in the Throat of Air
Customs
Making a List
Little Hymn to Plastic Surgery
Grasp
Black River
Channels
In Retrograde

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