I Was Thinking of Beauty

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It's been said about Lea that “this extraordinary poet finds an elegance and beauty that can be glimpsed throughout his often harsh landscape.” This new collection evidences that skill. Here the natural world coexists with the poet’s boundless intellect. Lea’s keen narrative eye keeps us fully in the present as he reminisces on the past—which Lea unravels, chisels away at in search of a deeper understanding—so vivid it could be our own.

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Overview

It's been said about Lea that “this extraordinary poet finds an elegance and beauty that can be glimpsed throughout his often harsh landscape.” This new collection evidences that skill. Here the natural world coexists with the poet’s boundless intellect. Lea’s keen narrative eye keeps us fully in the present as he reminisces on the past—which Lea unravels, chisels away at in search of a deeper understanding—so vivid it could be our own.

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What People Are Saying

Carl Dennis
“The poems…often grow out of reminiscence, but they are poems without nostalgia, in which the harsh has equal billing with the beautiful, in which memories are approached not as sources of grand revelation but as nodes of vitality…”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935536314
  • Publisher: Four Way Books
  • Publication date: 4/9/2013
  • Pages: 76
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Vermont Poet Laureate SYDNEY LEA’s honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship. He has taught at Dartmouth, Wesleyan, Vermont College, among others.

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Table of Contents

Metaphor
Peaceable Kingdom
House of Women
Dead Farms
You Listen to Dexter Gordon
Farmall Cub Tractor
The Vanishing
You of the Mottoes
Blind, Dumb
Art
Winter Poet
Abattoir Time
Ars Vitae
Teacher at Cloudland Falls
Small Jeremiad
The Gray Museum
Hum and Click
Father’s Blues
Bald Sentiment
The Turning
The Picture
To a Young Father
Impossibilities: Wild Landscape With Children
Fathomless
Plain Fact
Thaw
Idiot Moon
Too Early for Grackles
Not Like Silvio
Unnaming
I Was Thinking of Beauty
Sober
Mahayana in Vermont

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