Heaven-and-Earth House: Poems

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Heaven-and-Earth House is a book of lyrical poems and dramatic monologues that attempts to explore the balance between the physical and the spiritual, the mind and the body. The book is set and grounded in Mary Swander's own Midwestern landscape. It follows her quest to find her sense of place within the surrounding Amish countryside of her native Iowa, and to find her sense of self within and without her physical body. Through gardening, tending goats and sheep, through her work with massage, over and over again...
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Overview

Heaven-and-Earth House is a book of lyrical poems and dramatic monologues that attempts to explore the balance between the physical and the spiritual, the mind and the body. The book is set and grounded in Mary Swander's own Midwestern landscape. It follows her quest to find her sense of place within the surrounding Amish countryside of her native Iowa, and to find her sense of self within and without her physical body. Through gardening, tending goats and sheep, through her work with massage, over and over again she is put in touch with the five basic elements. Earth, water, fire, metal and air come to encompass not only a schema of medicine but a life process that seeks finally to find the hope of "worldly" transcendence. Always close to the earth and its animals, always beautifully constructed, always masterly in the ways of storytelllng, Mary Swander's poems are experiences both moving and profoundly delightful.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Swander ( Driving the Body Back ) writes with zealous music of Midwestern rural encounters--of keeping company with a goat ``satyrette'' who is due to give birth; of waiting in the cellar for an expected tornado; or simply of noting the endurance of okra (``teach me the secret / of your stalks''). Her vigor as a writer seems very like nature's: ``I risk and run the mutt down, dodging horse plops /and buggy ruts.'' But Swander rarely excludes the human from the natural. Her most telling poetry is firmly peopled, whether by a narrator or by others observed in the midst of a place. Part of her work's pleasure is the tones of voice she evokes in it--``Praise the Lord and pass the setting gel. / Honey, I thought I knew what hell was until I entered / this hospital''--and the turns of thought that voice can lead to. Swander's writing is more accessible than poetry is sometimes believed to be, yet sacrifices nothing by opening a pathway with ``common'' language; the rhythms of weather, humor and talk body forth with an engaging confidence and candor. (May)
Library Journal
In his third collection, Swander (Driving the Body Back, LJ 4/15/86) conveys an overall theme of illness and suffering, the testimony given by patients and their caregivers. At least half the poems deal with medical matters, while the rest focus on nature, the Amish life, and sense of place. This uneasy division in subject matter makes the book a tough read, mainly because the harrowing nature of the medical poems quite overshadows the gentle, ruminative tone of the more pastoral works. At first, the reader sympathizes with what appears to be the poet's plight, but the bald realism of her treatment of ward life and illness finally becomes transparent. Moreover, her poetry lacks the element of formal rigor, an ingredient that made, for example, L.E. Sissman's poetry of disease and mortality so memorable beyond the grim facts. Not recommended.-Frank J. Lepskowski, Oakland Univ., Rochester, Mich.
Pat Monaghan
Swander, a poet of substance and fine craft in earlier volumes, here steps up into the big leagues of her art. This is a marvelously joy-filled book despite the fact that many of its poems deal with illness and the threat of death. Swander's not looking, however, for any heaven beyond the absolute present, "lying in a field in Iowa / staring at the heavens." With almost liturgical stateliness, her poems attend to life's small joys: a muddy road, calm weather, spicy apples. She catalogs herbal cures--"monk's hood, thistle, lion's foot"--and praises gardens--"eye of potato, thin neck of cabbage"--in a voice that recalls both Whitman and Tom McGrath. Swander is a poet truly coming into her own.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679429845
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/3/1994
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 84
  • Product dimensions: 6.37 (w) x 8.71 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Swander
Mary Swander is the author of two earlier books of poems, Succession (1979) and Driving the Body Back (1986). She has published a variety of writing widely, in such magazines as The Nation, The New Yorker and Poetry. Her dramatic adaptation of Driving the Body Back and her coauthored musical Dear Iowa have been produced throughout the Midwest and on Iowa Public Television. She received her Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, and she has been the recipient of a number of grants and awards, including one from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Literary Arts Award from the Chicago Public Library and the Nation-Discovery Award. She is a native Iowan and an associate professor at Iowa State University. As an avid gardener, she has written for National Gardening Magazine, and is the coauthor (with Jane Staw) of a book of interviews with Midwestern gardeners, Parsnips in the Snow (1990).

Good To Know

In our interview, Swander shared some fun facts with us:

"I live in an old one-room Amish schoolhouse."

"I have a dog who can answer the phone."

"I am a licensed massage therapist and a licensed hypnotherapist."

"I play the clawhammer banjo."

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    1. Hometown:
      Ames, Iowa
    1. Date of Birth:
      November 5, 1950
    2. Place of Birth:
      Carroll, Iowa
    1. Education:
      B.A., Iowa State University, 1973; M.F.A., Iowa Writers' Workshop, 1976
    2. Website:

Table of Contents

Heaven? 3
Amish Phone Booth 5
Rules for School 7
School Children 9
Goatherd's Complaint 12
Mud Road 13
Scheherazade 15
I-80 Lieder 18
Heaven-and-Earth House 19
More Tests 21
Muskrat 23
The Art of Acupuncture 24
Early Frost 26
Father Di Pilato at Veteran's Auditorium 27
Dutchman's Breeches 31
Novena 32
Ode to Okra 33
Jackpot 34
Frog Gig 36
Coyote-Fox 37
Stay Still, Duck 40
Take Two 41
No Wonder 44
Two Skulls 46
The Cat and the Fiddle 47
On the Orval Yoder Turnpike 49
Gulf 50
Shunning 52
The Day 53
Cooped 54
The Orderly 59
Dear Diary 62
Kathleen 65
Rosary Manto, L.P.N. 67
The Doctor Explains 70
Prime Cut 74
Just A Dumb Farmer 76
Peelings 79
House of Cards 82
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