Desire Lines: New and Selected Poems

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The poems in Desire Lines, both new and selected, give shape to the desires we must nourish if we are to retain our compassion. The poems collaborate as a series of variations on the theme of desire, much like the way a motif weaves through a piece of music or a thread through a tapestry. Haskins presents autobiographical poems and poems that give voice to other women, both historical and imagined.

Lola Haskins has published six full-length poetry collections. A musician and ...

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Overview

The poems in Desire Lines, both new and selected, give shape to the desires we must nourish if we are to retain our compassion. The poems collaborate as a series of variations on the theme of desire, much like the way a motif weaves through a piece of music or a thread through a tapestry. Haskins presents autobiographical poems and poems that give voice to other women, both historical and imagined.

Lola Haskins has published six full-length poetry collections. A musician and dancer, Haskins shared the title role in Mata Hari, a full-length ballet, whose libretto she wrote for Dance Alive!, a touring dance company. She has read her poetry on National Public Radio and BBC radio.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781929918492
  • Publisher: BOA Editions, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 6/1/2004
  • Series: American Poets Continuum Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Lola Haskins has published six full-length poetry collections, most recently The Rim Benders (Anhinga Press). Her other works include Extranjera, (Story Line), Hunger (Story Line), Forty-Four Ambitions for the Piano (University Press of Florida) and Castings (Countryman Press). Among her awards are the Iowa Poetry Prize from the University of Iowa Press (for Hunger), the Writer Magazine/Emily Dickinson Award from the Poetry Society of America, and two NEA fellowships, including a fellowship in 2003. Haskins teaches in the computer science department at the University of Florida.
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Table of Contents

Nursery rhyme : numbers 13
Grandmother speaks of the old country 14
Aquarium 15
Children, stop us 16
In each of my fingers 19
If you stroke my back 20
Speaking with Lucy (d. 1736) : her answers 21
A study in time 22
Thoughts while teaching grammar 23
Imagined family photograph : double exposure 24
The phonograph arrives, 1904 25
The white curtains blow 26
Nightly he pumps at my dry well 27
Teaching the Miccosukkee : later 28
On their opposition to education 29
Dedication : Lola to Jane 30
I may not yet write 31
Surely there must be others 32
My fingers are mending 33
Becky's in the sweet corn running 34
Robbie coughs blood roses 35
Winston, you were wrong 36
I have grown plump and settled these months 37
My dear, today we sold the last pig 38
Mama said it was thundering 39
Patsy sees a ghost 40
Patsy speaks of the master 41
Patsy jumps over the broom 42
Supper 44
He is beginning to complain 45
Cleaning cotton at night 46
Breaking master's leg 47
Pasty is over 48
Things 51
The old cat 52
Loving a son 53
A confluence 54
To play pianissimo 57
Staccato 58
Octave 59
Accidentals 60
Grace notes 61
True legato 62
The prodigy 63
Why performers wear black 64
Fortissimo 65
Adagio 66
Ritardando 67
Technique 68
Sight-reading 69
The uses of the metronome 70
The power of the right foot 71
Some members of the chord family
The major 72
Minor, his wife 73
Diminished, their daughter 74
Modulation 75
Fermata 77
Playing Hiroshima 78
The pianist's next day 79
The pianist who keeps a loaded gun on her piano when she practices 80
The cow 83
Farm wife 84
Elegy 85
At eighty 86
The dresser 87
The laws of women 88
Flood 89
On passing forty 90
For someone considering death 91
Six cairns for Mary
Mary attends a ball (1830) 92
Mary in love (1832) 93
Mary, waking (1833) 94
His breakfast plate : the litter of Mr. Peake (1835) 95
Mary's duties (1836) 96
The very Reverend Charles Easton (1836) 97
The first dinner party - the puzzles of the meal 98
Sweet pea embroidery in rose and heliotrope 99
How to cut and dry : study of marriage 100
Cookery : to truss small birds 101
Secrets of the fur trade 102
Fashion : how to wear the veil 103
Room 1 (Mexico, oils 1969-71) : avenida 104
Room 1 (Mexico, oils 1969-71) : fabrica 105
Room 2 (Mexico, watercolours 1972-73) : view of Dzbilchaltun 106
Room 3 (London, various media 1974-79) : night cove (watercolour) 108
Room 3 (London, various media 1974-79) : nude (pencil) 109
1712 : he comes to the house 110
1715 : they have held the assize of bread 111
1716 : the maids have carried off the mutton 112
1720 : Elizabeth Danby I am 113
1723 : the comfort is damp to the skin 114
1724 : Jennet stirs in so frail sleep 115
New poems
Sleep positions 119
Grass 120
Eight short pieces
Epitaph for a poet 121
The teacher 121
Youth 121
Crying 122
Love 122
Love and cancer 122
Longing 123
Lillian 123
You're dreaming 124
Love story 125
Pastoral 127
The dream penitentiary 128
The composer interviews her piece 129
Appoggiatura and fermata 130
Composition 131
Daddy's writing 132
Dogwood, December 133
For mother, after the vision fire 134
The .38 135
Anger : five plays 137
Night waking 139
Times 140
Dearborn North Apartments 141
Words 142
How do you reconcile teaching computer science with being a poet? 143
The maker of lines
How I became an engineer 144
The seed road 144
The engineers hear from the public 145
Highways 145
She drives 146
Interstate dreams 147
Desire lines 149
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