Living At The Epicenter


Winner of the Samuel French Morse Poetry Prize

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Winner of the Samuel French Morse Poetry Prize

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"It was not the end of the world,/but it might have been/for all they knew." Life at the epicenter is both scary and exciting. In the title poem of this volume, an epigraph tells of Eliza Bryan, of New Madrid, Missouri, whose descriptions of the major earthquakes that shook the region in 1811 and 1812 have survived: "2 A.M. she wakes to a babel of trees/wind and windfowl, stones/and a hollow thunder confounded." The images are grim: the Mississippi "like an animal in heat"; the wrecked boats torn from their moorings."Nothing's familiar." Yet to Funk, it is all too familiar, hardly far from her thoughts, or our own, what with the turbulent scenes we witness throughout television's global village. The power of nature is before our eyes every day-sometimes we notice; sometimes we notice only when it shakes us up. To Funk's credit, she appreciates the natural world. With Eliza Bryan and a pen in hand, she tries to tell us what she has learned: "how in the middle of the night/the world we've known/can open up without warning,/all of nature/begin speaking in tongues." Highly recommended.-Louis McKee, Painted Bride Arts Ctr., Philadelphia
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555532475
  • Publisher: Northeastern University Press
  • Publication date: 11/2/1995
  • Series: Samuel French Morse Poetry Prize
  • Pages: 64
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Table of Contents

Stalactites 3
The Moons of Uranus 5
Insomnia 6
The Bee Orchid 7
The Ant Mimic 8
The False Coral 9
The Firefly 10
Sea Change 11
Assateague Island 13
Backstroke 14
August: A Lunar Eclipse 15
Living at the Epicenter 19
"The Golden Key" 27
The Wreck of the Essex, 1819 29
Turning Forty 30
Flowstone 31
Bioluminescence 32
Wandering Prayer 34
Redbud 36
After Dark 43
Gem City Mine 44
Cicada 45
Midnight 46
Another World 47
Women 48
When the Light Changes 50
Blondin 52
Snake Road 53
Faultline 55
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