The Dead and the Living [NOOK Book]


The 1983 Lamont poetry selection of the Academy of American Poets.

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The Dead and the Living

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The 1983 Lamont poetry selection of the Academy of American Poets.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

The 1983 Lamont poetry selection of the Academy of American Poets.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307760548
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/5/2012
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 1,335,763
  • File size: 2 MB

Table of Contents

Part 1 Poems for the Dead
I Public
Ideographs 5
Photograph of the Girl 6
Race Riot, Tulsa, 1921 7
Portrait of a Child 8
Nevsky Prospekt 9
The Death of Marilyn Monroe 10
The Issues 11
Aesthetics of the Shah 12
Things That Are Worse Than Death 13
II Private
The Guild 17
Grandmother Love Poem 18
The Eye 19
Birthday Poem for My Grandmother 20
Of All the Dead That Have Come to Me, This Once 21
Farewell Poem 22
The Winter After Your Death 24
Miscarriage 25
The End 26
Best Friends 27
Absent One 28
Part 2 Poems for the Living
I The Family
Possessed 33
The Victims 34
The Forms 35
The Departure 36
Burn Center 37
The Ideal Father 38
Fate 40
My Father Snoring 41
The Moment 42
My Father's Breasts 43
The Takers 44
The Pact 45
The Derelict 46
Late Speech with My Brother 47
The Elder Sister 48
II The Men
The Connoisseuse of Slugs 51
Poem to My First Lover 52
New Mother 53
The Line 54
The Fear of Oneself 55
Poem to My Husband from My Father's Daughter 56
Sex Without Love 57
Ecstasy 58
III The Children
Exclusive 61
Six-Year-Old Boy 62
Eggs 63
Size and Sheer Will 64
For My Daughter 65
Rite of Passage 66
Relinquishment 67
Son 68
Pre-Adolescent in Spring 69
Blue Son 70
Pajamas 71
The Killer 72
The Sign of Saturn 73
Armor 74
35/10 75
The Missing Boy 76
Bread 77
Bestiary 78
The One Girl at the Boys' Party 79
The Couple 80
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2002

    Death and Motherhood Distilled to Their Essence

    Sharon Olds has her finger on the joyous pulse of motherhood and on the fading pulse of death. For readers who have been forced to experience both at the same time she is a voice for the emotions they feel but may be unable to articulate for themselves. Her poem,The Line, left me thunder struck. It encapsulated how I felt when I learned my wife was dying from cancer-A voice for what I felt but could not express in words.

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