Desert Fathers, Uranium Daughters [NOOK Book]

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Award-winning poet Debora Greger grew up in Washington near the site of the Hanford atomic plant, which, unbeknownst to its workers, manufactured plutonium for the bomb dropped on Nagasaki. “The high school team was named the Bombers,” she writes. “The school ring had a mushroom cloud on it.” In Desert Fathers, Uranium Daughters she uses what The Nation has characterized as her “deadpan wit, intelligence and marvelous insight” to explore the legacy of a Catholic girlhood spent in a landscape where “even the dust,...
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Overview

Award-winning poet Debora Greger grew up in Washington near the site of the Hanford atomic plant, which, unbeknownst to its workers, manufactured plutonium for the bomb dropped on Nagasaki. “The high school team was named the Bombers,” she writes. “The school ring had a mushroom cloud on it.” In Desert Fathers, Uranium Daughters she uses what The Nation has characterized as her “deadpan wit, intelligence and marvelous insight” to explore the legacy of a Catholic girlhood spent in a landscape where “even the dust, though we didn’t know it then, was radioactive.”

“Call us out of the animal,” Greger writes, invoking the ghost of a poet conjured in “Nights of 1995,” in what could be construed as the motto of a collection filled with what Poetry called “priceless instants where the mundane flares up into the miraculous.”

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Cahners\\Publishers_Weekly
In her fifth collection of verse, Greger Movable Islands brings clarity and a deft allusive touch to themes of innocence and faith, love and death. These poems are animated by the spirit of Washington State's Hanford nuclear plant, where the plutonium used in the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki was manufactured. Greger grew up near Hanford, a town ignorant of the nearby toxic danger even while its fathers went to work at the plant. Greger displays a bracing combination of nostalgia and deadpan wit in her evocation of a childhood filled with Catholic school ideals and Cold War fears. "Someone's father left Mass early/ for the first shift at the reactor./ Who needed intercession by the mother of God?/ The angel Plutonium would keep us safe." Greger's imagery runs often to light, dust and weeds in the company of Catholic motifs such as angels and saints, repeated in formal measures of iambic pentameter and the occasional sonnet. The glow of youth and innocence against a backdrop of mortality-"the world trimmed in white/ on its way to death"-hovers delicately over these poems.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440673009
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/1/1996
  • Series: Poets, Penguin
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 96
  • File size: 127 KB

Meet the Author

Debora Greger is a poet and professor who has won grants and awards from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Guggenheim foundation. Her work has appeared in American Poetry Review, The New Yorker, and Paris Review.
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Table of Contents

The Landscape of Memory 1
Adam's Daughter 3
The Desert Fathers: The Flagpole-Sitter 5
The Age of Reason 7
Andante pastorale 9
The Blessing of the Throats 12
Memories of the Atomic Age 15
Ship Burial 19
Lives of the North American Martyrs 21
Northwest Passage 24
A Brief History of Blasphemy for the Feast of the Assumption 26
The Cloud of Unknowing 29
Psyche and Eros in Florida 33
Nights of 1995 35
Ovid at Land's End 37
Bureau de change 42
Sunday at the Ruins 44
In the Eternal City 46
The Love of Ruins 49
Keats in Ohio 51
The Flea Market at the End of History 54
Much Too Late 56
The Patron Saint of Venice 61
I Dinosauri di Venezia 63
The Body Translated into Heaven 65
The Further Travels of Marco Polo 67
In the Museum of the Eighteenth Century 70
Il Diluvio universale (particolare) 72
A Return to Earth 75
The Desert Father 79
Mass in B Minor 81
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