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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: 11/1/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 10.42 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

James Richardson was born in 1950, and was educated at Princeton. He is the author of six books of poetry and two critical studies. He is a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist and winner of an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is currently Professor of English and Creative Writing at Princeton University.

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Table of Contents

Headshapes 3
Teach anything 4
Seeing through 6
Milk 7
On not caning my students 9
Agnus Dei 10
Proverb I : chewing thorns 14
Avoidance 15
Hut hurt hat heart 17
Proverb II : it is the grass 18
Kiganda women : secondary school 19
Fildah with Stanley Kunitz II 20
Proverb III : the blind mother 21
Walking with Jude and the chicken 22
Proverb IV : a problem shared 24
Proverb V : nose and eyes 25
Failure 26
Proverb VI : caution is not cowardice 28
Angel saint 30
Almost 32
Batume 37
Pair I : on my knees 38
Peonies 39
Katende passion fruit and ground nuts 40
Eating white ants 41
Sunday children 43
Gospel and offertory 44
Backless pews 45
Wednesday morning charisma 46
Raphael's prayer in Kyakatebe 48
Prove VII : the chicken 49
Pair II : the firefly 50
Bees 51
Taxi conductor and driver 52
Proverb VIII : a strawberry blossom 53
Turning Ugandan 54
Antenatal clinic 56
Immunizing in Bukoba 58
I thought she was singing 62
I give thanks for excesses 64
The artist, the art 66
Washing day with Gerald 71
Walking to the well 72
Scythe singer 73
Luganda lesson 74
Chewing 76
Gerald of Kiganda 78
Constant 79
Betrayals 80
Dark under Kiganda stars 82
When Gerald beats the bean pods 83
Every time 85
Twenge, Tu'zi, Gulu 86
To comfort 87
Proverb IX : forewarned, forearmed 89
Fried talipah in Ggaba 90
I woke this morning 93
Slough stray 94
Proverb X : the lame horse 95
Of Magdalene 97
Gerald's prayer in Gulu 99
Gerald : sleeping most nights under my bed 100
Mornings with the calf 102
Proverb XI : the whiteness of my teeth 104
Blacker 105
Layers 106
Proverb XII : the hunter 107
Fixing liver 109
Sometimes now 110
People are allowed to do this 111
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