Interglacial: New and Selected Poems & Aphorisms

Interglacial: New and Selected Poems & Aphorisms

by James Richardson
     
 

ISBN-10: 1931337217

ISBN-13: 9781931337212

Pub. Date: 11/01/2004

Publisher: Copper Canyon Press

This book gathers under one roof poems from all of Richardson’s earlier collections, a number of which are out of print: Reservations (1977), Second Guesses (1984), As If(1992), A Suite for Lucretians (1999), How Things Are (2000), and Vectors: Aphorisms & Ten-Second Essays (2001), as well as a large selection

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This book gathers under one roof poems from all of Richardson’s earlier collections, a number of which are out of print: Reservations (1977), Second Guesses (1984), As If(1992), A Suite for Lucretians (1999), How Things Are (2000), and Vectors: Aphorisms & Ten-Second Essays (2001), as well as a large selection of new poems and aphorisms.

A distillation of three decades of work, Interglacial will introduce this poet to a new generation of readers. Richardson fans will be pleased to discover early poems long out of print, and to see this poet’s work in a larger, retrospective context.

Praise for Vectors: Aphorisms & Ten-Second Essays:

“Not since the appearance of W.S. Merwin’s translations and adaptations of aphorisms in Asian Figures, some thirty years ago, has an American poet put down so much delightful and compelling wisdom.”—Daryl Scroggins in American Literary Review

“Page after page there is the exciting sense of something hidden and true coming to light, bringing with it a sense of delighted recognition and discovery for the reader, and articulated in a way that has never quite been done before. I can think of no deeper pleasure a work can bring.”—Laurie Sheck

“Vectors is the kind of book you read, reread, thumb through, and pick up several extra copies because you want to share the joy you found in perusing it with friends.”—Scott Hightower in Barrow Street

James Richardson was born in 1950, and is the author of six books of poetry and three critical studies. The recipient of the Cecil Hemley and Robert H. Winner Prizes from the Poetry Society of America and fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, he is Professor of English and Creative Writing at Princeton University.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781931337212
Publisher:
Copper Canyon Press
Publication date:
11/01/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 10.42(h) x 0.78(d)

Table of Contents

Headshapes3
Teach anything4
Seeing through6
Milk7
On not caning my students9
Agnus Dei10
Proverb I : chewing thorns14
Avoidance15
Hut hurt hat heart17
Proverb II : it is the grass18
Kiganda women : secondary school19
Fildah with Stanley Kunitz II20
Proverb III : the blind mother21
Walking with Jude and the chicken22
Proverb IV : a problem shared24
Proverb V : nose and eyes25
Failure26
Proverb VI : caution is not cowardice28
Angel saint30
Almost32
Batume37
Pair I : on my knees38
Peonies39
Katende passion fruit and ground nuts40
Eating white ants41
Sunday children43
Gospel and offertory44
Backless pews45
Wednesday morning charisma46
Raphael's prayer in Kyakatebe48
Prove VII : the chicken49
Pair II : the firefly50
Bees51
Taxi conductor and driver52
Proverb VIII : a strawberry blossom53
Turning Ugandan54
Antenatal clinic56
Immunizing in Bukoba58
I thought she was singing62
I give thanks for excesses64
The artist, the art66
Washing day with Gerald71
Walking to the well72
Scythe singer73
Luganda lesson74
Chewing76
Gerald of Kiganda78
Constant79
Betrayals80
Dark under Kiganda stars82
When Gerald beats the bean pods83
Every time85
Twenge, Tu'zi, Gulu86
To comfort87
Proverb IX : forewarned, forearmed89
Fried talipah in Ggaba90
I woke this morning93
Slough stray94
Proverb X : the lame horse95
Of Magdalene97
Gerald's prayer in Gulu99
Gerald : sleeping most nights under my bed100
Mornings with the calf102
Proverb XI : the whiteness of my teeth104
Blacker105
Layers106
Proverb XII : the hunter107
Fixing liver109
Sometimes now110
People are allowed to do this111

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