Long for This World

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Long for This World features the best of Ronald Wallace's work from his previous collections of poetry—Plums, Stones, Kisses & Hooks , Tunes for Bears to Dance To, People and Dog in the Sun, The Makings of Happiness, Time's Fancy and The Uses of Adversity—along with a generous selection of twenty-six new poems. If Wallace's recent poems sometimes seem darker and deeper, more meditative and complex, less sanguine about the tragedies of daily life, they never sacrifice the comic sense, the synthesis of ...

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Overview

Long for This World features the best of Ronald Wallace's work from his previous collections of poetry—Plums, Stones, Kisses & Hooks , Tunes for Bears to Dance To, People and Dog in the Sun, The Makings of Happiness, Time's Fancy and The Uses of Adversity—along with a generous selection of twenty-six new poems. If Wallace's recent poems sometimes seem darker and deeper, more meditative and complex, less sanguine about the tragedies of daily life, they never sacrifice the comic sense, the synthesis of technical skill and strong emotion, and the sensory immediacy that have become his hallmarks.

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Editorial Reviews

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“Wallace . . . writes poetry in forms with remarkable ease and eloquence: sonnets, ballades, even a pantoum. . . His Midwest roots in no way diminish his cosmopolitan outlook or his universal vision. Wallace’s poems are by turns fresh, compassionate, whimsical.”
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“Wallace writes poems that simultaneously entertain and educate, offer wisdom without being pretentious, and elevate humor to philosophical heights.”

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“I read Ron Wallace when I want a shot of pure poetry. Wallace’s poems have the rare ability to be both surprisingly individual and universal at the same time. They take the meat-and-potatoes of everyday life . . . and make them sing in a way that’s both fresh and uplifting.”

—Harriet Brown, xxx newspaper

“Wallace’s work is often meditative, sometimes comic, and he has an especially nice touch with the sonnet form, but if this book shows anything, it is the impressively wide range of his talents.”
—Dennis Johnson, Mobylives.com

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822958147
  • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
  • Publication date: 3/5/2003
  • Series: Pitt Poetry Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,183,537
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Ronald Wallace is the author of seven previous books of poetry, including: Long for This World: New and Selected Poems; The Uses of Adversity; Time's Fancy; People and Dog in the Sun; and The Makings of Happiness. His works of literary criticism include: God Be with the Clown: Humor in American Poetry; The Last Laugh: Form and Affirmation in the Contemporary American Comic Novel; and Henry James and the Comic Form. Wallace is Halls-Bascom Professor of English, Felix Pollak Professor of Poetry, and codirector of the creative writing program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Table of Contents

Installing the Bees 3
Oranges 4
One Hook 5
After Being Paralyzed from the Neck Down for Twenty Years, Mr. Wallace Gets a Chin-Operated Motorized Wheelchair 6
Prayer for Flowers 7
Trout 8
Grandmother Grace 11
The Belly Dancer in the Nursing Home 13
The Assistant Professor's Nightmare 14
A Hot Property 15
"You Can't Write a Poem about McDonald's" 16
Picture of Molly, Age 4 18
1001 Nights 19
The Facts of Life 20
The Nude Gardener 23
This Night 25
At Chet's Feed & Seed 26
Poem Written Mostly by Fourth Graders 27
Matheny 29
Nightline: An Interview with the General 30
People and Dog in the Sun 31
Early Brass 35
Bluegills 36
Fresh Oysters & Beer 37
Off the Record 39
Fan Mail 40
The Hell Mural: Panel I 42
Building an Outhouse 44
In the Amish Bakery 45
The Fat of the Land 46
The Life Next at Hand 51
Why I Am Not a Nudist 52
A Valentine 53
The Story 54
The Swing 56
Hardware 57
Pantoum: The Sturdy of Worry 58
Why God Permits Evil 59
Ballade of the Humpback Whales 60
Teachers: A Primer 61
In the Cards 66
Grandfather, His Book 67
The Friday Night Fights 71
Fielding 72
Tonight's Lecture: The Effects of Head Wounds on Foot Soldiers, A Case Study 73
Panties 74
The Bad Sonnet 75
L=a=n=g=u=a=g=e 76
Les poetes celebres 77
The McPoem 78
Waxworms 79
Skin 80
An Essay on Love 81
Man Sleeping 82
Local Hero 85
The Old West 87
Redundancies 88
Literature in the 21st Century 89
Gas 90
How Laughter 92
General Fuckup 94
Failed Poems 95
Alas, Thomas Midgley 96
Bird Brain 97
The Truth 98
The Physical 99
No Deal 100
Claustrophobia 101
The Face of God 102
Shoes 104
Photo from Liberia 105
Sayonara 107
The Invasion of the Body Snatchers 108
Hey Buddy, Need a Lift? 109
On Prozac 110
SmackDown! 111
In the Virgin Islands 112
Lucky 113
Pleasure 114
Blessings 115
Acknowledgments 117
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