How the Dead Bury the Dead

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With reverence and exaspersation and good humor, the poems in William Greenway?s new book, How the Dead Bury the Dead, evoke the pain of loss and celebrate the ways we transform our losses into strength. Dislocated from his native Georgia to the rust belt of the Midwest, haunted by the ghost of his father, by memories of his mother, and by dreams of his own mortality, Greenway turns his warm wit on every problem that life has set for him, a stand-up Hamlet with a soft Southern accent and a feel for the power and...
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Overview


With reverence and exaspersation and good humor, the poems in William Greenway’s new book, How the Dead Bury the Dead, evoke the pain of loss and celebrate the ways we transform our losses into strength. Dislocated from his native Georgia to the rust belt of the Midwest, haunted by the ghost of his father, by memories of his mother, and by dreams of his own mortality, Greenway turns his warm wit on every problem that life has set for him, a stand-up Hamlet with a soft Southern accent and a feel for the power and pathos in Richard Wilbur’s line, ""I dreamt the past was never past redeeming."" In poems that bring back, without nostalgia, the people and places of his early years, he reconciles the ache of absence with the deep, persistent richness of this world, finding in the practices of the Shona, and African tribe, an artistic and philosophical model for his own approach to life.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781884836015
  • Publisher: University of Akron Press, The
  • Publication date: 4/1/1994
  • Series: Akron Series in Poetry
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 94
  • Product dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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William Greenway, a native of Georgia with a BA from Georgia State University and a PhD from Tulane University, is a professor of English at Youngstown State University.
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Table of Contents

Yards 3
Child of Many Prayers 4
Elementary 5
Midway 6
Anniversaries 7
Father Dreams i 8
Father Dreams ii 9
Father Dreams iii 10
Father Dreams iv 11
Father Dreams v 12
Father Dreams vi 13
Father Dreams vii 14
Father Dreams viii 15
Father Dreams ix 16
Hands 17
Athletes Dying Young 18
Tough 19
All Hallows 20
Bible Camp 22
First Love 24
Tying a Tie 25
The Date 26
The Time 28
The Song of Calling Rain to Rain 30
Gray 31
Small Road to Nowhere 35
Driving Toward the Ocean in the Afternoon 36
Bayou 37
Every Reason 39
Between Pittsburgh and Cleveland 40
Advent 41
Rust Belt 42
Winter in the South 43
Hardheads 44
Fortified Hills 45
The Great Northern Possum 47
The Original Adam and Eve 48
The Place Names of Dreams 49
New House on the Market 50
Moving 51
At Worm's Head 52
The Goodwin Sands 53
Disserth 55
The Lake of the Sky 56
Magi 59
Nineveh 60
Seventh Heaven 63
Prayers 64
Archeology 65
Skin 66
How the Dead Bury the Dead 67
Tool 69
Epistle to the Church at Smyrna Georgia 70
The Magic Flute 72
The Texas Chainsaw Revival 74
Tenderhooks 75
Intensive Care 77
The History of Effects 79
The Gospel of Peter 80
Job 81
November Whiskey 83
Heart Shot 84
No Swimming 85
Apnea 87
For My Friends, Who Complain That I Never Write Anything Happy 88
One Owner 89
Hypochondria 90
Dying in the Fish Restaurant 91
Entrance 92
All of Us Are Children 93
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