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Sam Hamill is the author of over thirty books of poetry, essays and translations of poetry from classical Chinese to Ancient Greek.

“Sam Hamill’s poems have been part of my indispensable reading for many years. Direct, earthy, yet intelligent and sensitive, they are in the best tradition of the American West, I think, and at the same time in a beautifully original voice with touches of Oriental subtlety. Very highly recommended.”—Hayden Carruth

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Overview

Sam Hamill is the author of over thirty books of poetry, essays and translations of poetry from classical Chinese to Ancient Greek.

“Sam Hamill’s poems have been part of my indispensable reading for many years. Direct, earthy, yet intelligent and sensitive, they are in the best tradition of the American West, I think, and at the same time in a beautifully original voice with touches of Oriental subtlety. Very highly recommended.”—Hayden Carruth

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As founding editor of Copper Canyon Press, Hamill has encouraged a generation of young American poets. But his own spare, haunting works are mostly out of print and overlooked, a state this expansive collection should remedy. The works here, featuring a plain-spoken English that is heavily influenced by his studies and translations of Japanese and Chinese poetry, generally consider aging (``this slow, insistent tolling/ of our flesh'') and death (``It is beautiful and sad/ the way we,/ dying/ make monuments of the dead''). Arranged in roughly chronological order, the poems chart Hamill's development from early autobiographical pieces that examine his history and its particular contexts (``Dead Letter'' and ``Man in the Landscape'') to later, longer works (``Requiem'' and ``Blue Monody'') that exhibit his engagement with Eastern thought and poetry and explore an interior terrain. Taken together, Hamill's depiction of his travels and loves, his fear of death and love of life become one long argument that, as he notes, ``The untouchable touches us./ What is beautiful alters.'' (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781877727535
  • Publisher: White Pine Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/1995
  • Pages: 236
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

A Lover's Quarrel 3
Prolegomenon 11
The Egg 12
Dead Letter 14
Letter to Robert Hedin 18
First Snow 20
Man in the Landscape 21
Saprophyte 25
Natural History 26
A Cold Fire 29
Letter to John Logan from La Push 30
Lifer 31
Between You and Me 32
Naming the Beast 34
Reading Seferis 40
The End of the Road from Nantucket 44
Gnostology 46
Requiem 49
The Cartographer's Wedding 67
The Journey 69
Homage to Trakl 70
The Body of Summer 74
A Rose for Solitude 75
Pastoral 80
George Seferis in Sonora 81
A Word for Spring 85
Black Marsh Eclogue 87
Kah Tai Purgatorio 88
Nihil Obstat 89
October Frost 90
Passport 92
Kali 93
Elegy 94
Hermes Rising 95
Sheep to Slaughter 96
Animus Mundi 97
Seated Figure 98
Dresden Cattle 99
Treblinka Lights 100
Cloistered 101
Hellenic Triptych 102
"True Illumination is Habitude" 107
Scrutability 110
At Rexroth's Grave 111
A Dragon in the Clouds 112
Tammuz in the Garden 114
The Gift of Tongues 115
Getting It Wrong Again 116
Conscientious Objection 118
From the Bunkers 122
September Sowing 124
Friend 132
With the Gift of a Nootka Rose 134
Unforgiven 139
A Photograph of Kavafis 140
Classical Tragedy 141
Listen, Ianni 142
Historical Romance 144
The Uta Mound 153
Two Poems for Tanabata Matsuri 156
Organic Form 162
Mountains and Rivers without End 163
Ten Thousand Sutras 164
Kannon 166
Watching the Waves 167
Arse Poetica 171
Io no piangeva 172
Malebolge: Prince William Sound 174
Blue Monody 176
Yellow Ribbons, Madness, Victory 198
A Leaf 201
Abstract 202
Destination Zero 203
Elegy 220
Old Bones 221
Another Duffer 223
Sonnet 224
Cooking 225
Jubilate Sutra 226
What the Water Knows 233
A Note on the Poems 234
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