The Grace of Necessity

Paperback (Print)
Buy Used
Buy Used from BN.com
$9.38
(Save 41%)
Item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging.
Condition: Used – Good details
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $1.99
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 87%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (11) from $1.99   
  • New (2) from $9.55   
  • Used (9) from $1.99   

Overview

For the past 25 years Samuel Green has lived on a tiny island only four square miles in size populated by fewer than a hundred people. The island has no regular phone service, no electricity, no stores. These poems are informed by the lessons Green has learned living in a small rural community where loss and grief have immediate effects, and where love, meaningful work, intimate daily engagement with the natural world, and fidelity to “the art of the marginal” offer a way forward.
Read More Show Less

What People Are Saying

Hayden Carruth
"Samuel Green's poems, like his life, fall naturally, smoothly, and uniquely into his days. They are a calendar of events in nature. And it is worth remembering that events, whatever else they may be, are always thoughts, and nature is always the world. Green's language, as clear and direct as any scientific discourse, is charged nevertheless with the intricate force of meaning and personality. These poems cherish us even while we are cherishing them. Read them, and you will see."
Jane Hirshfield
"'The shudder of exact description'—throughout this book of days, Samuel Green both knows it, and tests it further, knowing that the earth's fierce actualities yield themselves only to a vision that has been pressed into feeling as an olive is pressed into oil. With the steady, alert application of awake attention, Green brings to these compressed accountings of labor, of love, of the wide community of shared existence, the full measure of both the world's exactitude and its splendor. I commend to you this warm-hearted and full-seeing volume."
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780887484797
  • Publisher: Carnegie-Mellon University Press
  • Publication date: 3/4/2008
  • Series: Carnegie Mellon Poetry Series
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 1,316,301
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

SAMUEL GREEN has lived nearly all his life in the Pacific Northwest. He joined the U.S. Coast Guard at 17, and saw service first in Antarctica, and then in South Vietnam. Later he earned his M.A. in English from Western Washington University through the Veterans Vocational Rehabilitation Program. He has been a visiting poet at colleges in Utah, Wyoming, and Washington, most recently at Seattle University, teaching winter quarters in Seattle, and summer quarters in Ireland. His poems have appeared in Poet & Critic, Poetry, Poetry Northwest, Poetry East, Prairie Schooner, Southern Poetry Review, and many other journals. For the past two dozen years, Green has lived in a hand-built log house on a tiny, remote island, where he and his wife, Sally, are publishers of the award-winning Brooding Heron Press.
Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

WORKING IN THE DARK
Miserere: That We Might Keep Her Present Among Us
Cemetery Work Bee
Grave Digging
Winter Solstice, 1997
White Fir in Snow
Laying Stone
The Work That Is Given
What the Fisherman Knows
Bearing the Word
Nearly Automatic Writing: Testimony of My Great Grandmother
On Board the Sea Lassie, Summer, 1944
Wood Splitting
Teaching My Son to Kill
At Least the Rabbits
Grubs
Skates, West Beach Resort
Children, Waking
What's Brought Back
For Hayden, Ill

DAILY PRACTICE, 2001-2002
Aug. 26/Aug. 30
Sept. 8/Sept. 9
Sept. 11/Sept. 12
Sept. 14/Sept. 16
Sept. 18/Sept. 19
Sept. 23/Sept. 27
Sept. 28/Oct. 1
Oct. 2/Oct. 8
Oct. 9/Oct. 12
Oct. 13/Oct. 16
Oct. 17/Oct. 18
Oct. 26/Oct. 30
Nov. 2/Nov. 7
Nov. 17/Dec. 5
Dec. 6/Dec. 17
Dec. 19/Feb. 15
March 21/March 26
March 31/April 9 •April 10/April 11
April 12/April 13
April 14/April 19
April 20/April 21
April 24/April 27
May 5/May 7
May 8/May 13
June 3/June 5
June 6/June 9
June 12/June 17
June 19/June 29
July 11/July 22

THE ONLY TIME WE HAVE
At the Pond's Edge
Winter Bath
When the True Beloved Goes
Some Things You Missed While You Were Away
Barred Owl's Call
February Song
Psalm
Apologia
Some Reasons Why I Became a Poet
Ars Poetica I
Ars Poetica II: Blade on Bone
Ars Poetica III: A Neighbor Talks about Building Houses
If You Had to
Scripsit
Abraham
Night Dive
Getting By: Winter, 1984-85
Bird in the Bush
Finding a Wren's Nest
Rhyme: Putting an Edge on Things
Sharpening
Picking Off the Egg Cases
Notes on "Mole Greeting the Sun"
Old Man Folding a Kerchief in the Supermarket

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)