How Things Are

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C. K. Williams
James Richardson in How Things Are has devised a genuinely original music for his poems. Supple, sinuous, solid, it is equally fluent in the language of every day, and in an intellectual diction and a scientific lexicon unique to his voice. Second, or no, perhaps really first: there's a broad, probing, unusual intelligence in his work, an unusual kind of technical introspection and a wide ranging inspiration and content that use as their matter images and ideas from sources as far afield as ancient philosophy, and contemporary science and philosophy. Or perhaps it's all of that, together with Richardson's gift for unlikely metaphor and unwearied symbol, of quotidian detail and rhetorical expansiveness, that makes his poetry seem so immediately useful; it is work that brings news to us of packets of mental and emotional experience that haven't sung so well together in poetry for a longer time than one would care to think.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780887483271
  • Publisher: Carnegie-Mellon University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2000
  • Series: Carnegie Mellon Poetry Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

How Things Are: A Suite for Lucretians 11
1 The Flood 33
2 Little Bridge 35
3 Salvage 36
4 Undersong 37
5 Letter from One of Many Worlds 38
6 River Sunset 39
7 Water Music 41
8 The Water As It Was 43
9 The Dreaming-Back 44
10 The Bridge Again 45
On My Roof 49
Poison 50
Alcohols 51
Defense 53
My Young Carpenter 54
Holes 55
A Disquisition upon the Soul 56
Three Inescapable Sentiments 57
Nine Oaks 59
What It Comes To 60
"When Winter Snows upon Thy Golden Hairs" 61
In the Wind 62
Mothy Ode 65
For the Squirrels 68
Milkweed, among Other Things 70
For the Birds 73
In Deer Country 78
Through Autumn 81
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