Dog Angel: Poems / Edition 1

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Full of wit, vivid language, and devastating honesty, the poems of Dog Angel trace the timelines of life forward and backward, and offer a moving examination of the connections that bind us together into families and communities. In these poems, we are often greeted by the congenial dead, corrected by the unreserved optimism of children, and reminded of the possible/probable/hoped for existence of God -- as perceptions of the divine are transformed from a kindergartner's dyslexically scrawled "doG loves U" to the ever-present but oft-ignored Dog Angel of the title.
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“Kercheval renders those moments where life, philosophy, history, and culture collide to yield wisdom or the questions that might lead us to wisdom. ‘Dog Angel’ gives us poems that reach towards God.”
Prairie Schooner

“Death, beauty, fragility, humor, loss, freedom are all fair and fertile game, and within this extremely cohesive collection of poems, Kercheval convinces us that the bile-inducing darkness of being human can and does exist in full view of the wonder of understanding. It is through her deft, contained and often witty touch with language that Kercheval is able to seduce us with the everyday world, and then surprise us as to what riches (and darkness) lie both below and above the status quo.”
Capital Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822958406
  • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
  • Publication date: 3/14/2004
  • Series: Pitt Poetry Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 88
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.27 (d)

Table of Contents

Enter Mecca 3
Not 7
The Rented Car 9
Olive 12
Happy Hour 13
The Hotel Where My Family Used to Stay 15
Once Upon a Time I Had a White Comb 16
I Open Your Death Like a Book 18
Rose Red 20
Bread 21
Blue Plate 23
Notes from a Lecture on Rilke's Requiems 27
16 Hours in Bradford, Pennsylvania 35
In the Gardens of the Alcazar 45
Magdalena at the Prado 46
What Max, Age Two, Remembers about Spain 48
La Festividad de los Tres Reyes 50
Florida 54
The Steeplejack 56
3 Reflections God Might See in My Living Room Window 58
Clocks 60
When the dead come back 62
Pump 65
Small Treatise on the Usefulness of Language 67
August in My Neighbor's Garden 68
I Dream My Children Are Giving Me a Final Exam 70
The Great Molasses Flood 73
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