Ghost Pain: Poems

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Ghost Pain articulates and explores many of the most painful, important themes of the last century, which extend like feelings from a lost limb into the current century: addiction, violence, the relation of the individual to the community and the larger world, the uses and the inadequacies of art. In Lea's poems these subjects are examined, not through the trendy lens of disembodied poetic consciousness, but through the lives and language of actual people. Lea renders the voices of rural New England - Tony, the ...
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Overview

Ghost Pain articulates and explores many of the most painful, important themes of the last century, which extend like feelings from a lost limb into the current century: addiction, violence, the relation of the individual to the community and the larger world, the uses and the inadequacies of art. In Lea's poems these subjects are examined, not through the trendy lens of disembodied poetic consciousness, but through the lives and language of actual people. Lea renders the voices of rural New England - Tony, the poet's friend who rebuilds a classic Chevy; singers in the church choir; children playing on the town square lawn. In Lea's rendering, these people may look like a Rockwell painting - the New England backdrop is little changed - but they are more the descendants of Frost's people in their inner dark, no longer sure of their purpose or place. They are, in short, our contemporaries.
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Library Journal
Editor of the New England Review for 13 years, Lea is an experienced author of poetry (as well as fiction and nonfiction) whose craft shows in every line. Especially noteworthy here are the portraits: a hapless man, lobotomized; an aging Don Juan; friends in "happy looking clothing"; even a deer, completely devoured by coyote, whose presence is reconstructed from absence. A quiet stunner. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932511130
  • Publisher: Sarabande Books
  • Publication date: 4/1/2008
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Lea, founder of New England Review, has published a novel, two collections of nonfiction, and eight poetry collections. Pursuit of a Wound was a Pulitzer finalist in poetry, and To the Bone was co-winner of the Poets' Prize. Lea has taught at Yale, Wesleyan, Vermont College, Eotvos Lorand University (Budapest), and Franklin College (Switzerland). He currently teaches at Dartmouth College.

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Table of Contents

I Was blind but now 5
1959 7
Gradus ad Parnassum 9
Getting involved 11
Evening walk as the school year starts 12
Blues in another time 14
Nowhere 16
November out his window 18
The Jetty 20
Epidemic 22
Was blind but now 24
Football against the school for the deaf 27
II A man walked out 29
i A man walked into a bar 33
ii Bell 34
iii 666 : father of lies 37
iv The old Indian 40
v Predator 43
vi The group 46
vii Road rage 53
viii Dry drunk, the rowing 56
ix Talent from birth 60
x Noon for good 62
III Broken haven 67
Ghost pain 69
Hole 72
Plume on the ceiling 75
Roadkill season, I-91 76
Wonder : red beans and ricely 78
In a time of torpor 81
i After looking into my grandmother's hymnal 83
ii Children, singing 85
Plume had a sore finger 86
Finds 88
i Winterkill 90
ii A hundred Himalayas 92
iii Young beech : how I see by now 94
iv Winter holding onto winter 96
Transport 98
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