Family Gathering

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Library Journal
Though the extended family has given way to the nuclear family, for some folks the extended family lives and thrives. In this new collection, Chappell (Spring Garden; The World Between the Eyes) reveals the security and intimacy afforded by an extended family, in which each member "recognizes what we are, yet holds us in affection." The speaker of the poems is an observer, recording "the buzz and stutter,/ Rasp and rattle of family" that unfold around him. Formal in design, the poems use rhyme and off rhyme effectively; the regular rhythms change tempo to avoid monotony, and strong imagery appears throughout. While not presenting a continuous story line, the witty poems in this volume do disclose a family and all of its secrets, quirks, traditions, conflicts, victories, births, and deaths. Readers are carried "downstream in time, gesticulating, shouting,/ alarmed by a force you never knew before." Highly recommended for public and academic libraries.--Tim Gavin, Episcopal Acad., Merion, PA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807126264
  • Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Series: Poems Series
  • Pages: 62
  • Product dimensions: 5.51 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.23 (d)

Meet the Author

Fred Chappell 's many books of poetry include Spring Garden, The World Between the Eyes, Midquest, and Source. He is also the author of eight novels. A recipient of the Bollingen Prize and the Aiken Taylor Prize, Chappell lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife, Susan.

LSU Press

Fred Chappell 's many books of poetry include Spring Garden, The World Between the Eyes, Midquest, and Source. He is also the author of eight novels. A recipient of the Bollingen Prize and the Aiken Taylor Prize, Chappell lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife, Susan.

LSU Press

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Table of Contents

Elizabeth Retreats 1
Uncle Einar 3
Uncle John 5
Genealogist 6
The Calculator 7
Aunt Wilma Describes Her Many Charms 8
The Clencher 10
Aunt Bettie, Resigned 12
The Album 13
Cousin Ellie 14
Scorekeeper 15
Cousin Lilias 16
Cousin Marjorie 17
Adventures in Perception 18
Collusion 19
The Rubaiyat of Uncle Hobart 20
Nothing in Excess 23
Packrat 27
Morris 28
The Long View 29
True Believer 30
Nonbeliever 30
Glad Hand 31
Secretless 32
Wallflower 32
Mistaken Premise 33
Hubert 35
Aunt Alicia and the Facts of the Case 36
Aunt Lavinia Strikes 37
Traddutore, Traditore 39
The Jitters 40
The Utter Failure 41
Listener 42
The Look 43
A Victim 44
Small World 45
Photographer 47
Slow Dance with Cousin Bradford 48
A Castle in Spain 49
Aunt Mary Recalls Her Mother's Advice 50
Clotheshorse 51
It's a Gift 52
Common Knowledge 53
Mum's the Word 54
The Traitor 55
Dozing 56
Grandfather 57
Aunt Wilma Reveals Her Cunning Design 58
The Strain of Mercy 60
Elizabeth in the Porch Swing 61
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