Ledger of Crossroads / Edition 1

Ledger of Crossroads / Edition 1

by James Brasfield
     
 

ISBN-10: 0807135208

ISBN-13: 9780807135204

Pub. Date: 12/01/2009

Publisher: Louisiana State University Press

In James Brasfield's Ledger of Crossroads, layered by light and shadow, the crossroads emerge from distinct yet inseparable geographies. Grounded in the sensual world, the poems fuse American and Eastern European landscapes: "the char of silence and beauty, / brick foundations of what was here, dirt roads / cut through pines, rivers and the dust of the dead."

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In James Brasfield's Ledger of Crossroads, layered by light and shadow, the crossroads emerge from distinct yet inseparable geographies. Grounded in the sensual world, the poems fuse American and Eastern European landscapes: "the char of silence and beauty, / brick foundations of what was here, dirt roads / cut through pines, rivers and the dust of the dead." Here are experiences from the American South, of those who believed Jim Crow "the way things... had to be," and from the fallen imperiums of those "who have always / returned to fewer trees and a wall," whose intimate perceptions provide moments of reprieves: "beyond the faint scent / of almond in the air and heavy clouds / funneling from the earth into snowfall, / the current calmed within that distant / bend of the Vistula." Here we become the identities of others, their time and place, from the strata of their histories. They enter our lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807135204
Publisher:
Louisiana State University Press
Publication date:
12/01/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

I

Identities 3

The Chair and the Pipe 6

The Renovation 7

The Anatomy of Nostalgia 9

Perigee 11

From the Ledger of Crossroads 13

MacDougal Street 15

II

Necessary Days 19

Heart of Dixie 20

The Illness, 1960 21

Waynesboro 24

Passage 26

Pietas 27

Woods 28

III

Tracks 33

The Knobbed Whelk 34

Letter from Germany 35

Chernivtsi 37

Celan 39

The Blue Cottage 40

The Replenishment 43

IV

The Relief 47

Notes 55

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