For a Limited Time Only

For a Limited Time Only

by Ronald Wallace
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822959968

ISBN-13: 9780822959960

Pub. Date: 08/11/2008

Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press

For a Limited TIme Only, Ronald Wallace's eighth collection of poems, is perhaps his darkest and most meditative to date, focusing his experiences with illness, old age, and mortality; his father-in-law's death after a long bout with Alzheimer's; his step-father's death after a  painful struggle with esophageal cancer, his own bout with prostate cancer.

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For a Limited TIme Only, Ronald Wallace's eighth collection of poems, is perhaps his darkest and most meditative to date, focusing his experiences with illness, old age, and mortality; his father-in-law's death after a long bout with Alzheimer's; his step-father's death after a  painful struggle with esophageal cancer, his own bout with prostate cancer. These personal experiences form the core of the first three sections of the book, but are mediated by theological and philosophical speculations that find further voice in the character of a “Mr. Grim,” whose angry, self-pitying, gruff, comic, self-depreciating, nostalgic, defeated, and hopeful riffs on the human condition provide a bridge to the affirmative, often comic, close. In the final two sections, in poems in praise of his dentist, his barber, his wife, his grandparents, the morpheme, Mr. Malaprop, Pluto, tattoos, hamburger heaven, sex talk, and poetry itself, Wallace once again proves the resilience of hope and humor in what is, for him, finally a world of wonders.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822959960
Publisher:
University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date:
08/11/2008
Series:
Pitt Poetry Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
93
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

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Trouble 3

In Praise of My Dentist 4

In the Sweet B&B 6

In Van Diemen's Land 7

Ditched 8

In Slow Motion 10

Inner City 11

Out Walking 12

As It Turns Out 14

Itinerant Guest 15

Then 16

Gone 17

Professor of Plums 18

The Hand of God 20

Limited Time Offer 21

Now You See It

Jilted 25

Off with Her Head! 26

Obituary 28

The Planning Session 30

Abracadabra 31

Pascal's Wager 33

What It's Like 34

On Your Own Terms 35

Professor Penis 36

Cured 37

The Autobiography of Mr. Grim

Mr. Grim's Fairy Tales 41

Mr. Grim's Gavotte 42

Mr. Grim Thinks What's in a Name 43

Mr. Grim Getting Lucky 44

Mr. Grim and Grymalkin 45

Mr. Grim in Praise of Late Nights & Inclement Weather 46

Mr. Grim and God 47

The Autobiography of Mr. Grim 48

Mr. Grim in Heaven 49

Mr. Grim's Lease on Life 50

In the Realm of Possibility

In the Realm of Possibility 53

Hamburger Heaven 55

Pluto 57

Pasta 59

Home Improvement 61

Home Maintenance 62

All Hands on Deck 63

The Origin of the Ear 64

This Is Not a Step 66

Mr. Malaprop 67

In Praise of the Morpheme 68

In Praise of My Barber 69

Tattooed 71

All Manner of Wonders

Career Day 75

The Workshop Poem 76

No Pegasus 77

The Submission 78

Sex Talk 80

On Television 81

Caution 82

Sustenance 83

For Ruby, Age 2 84

The Old Mower 85

Little Quack Cuaquito 87

Mother's Day in the Butterfly House 89

All Manner of Wonders 90

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