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Memoir of the Hawk: Poems

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Memoir of the Hawk creates a world populated by hundreds of characters, believable and strange, tugged at the edges by the unexpected. In the privacy of their homes, who can save them from themselves? In the forests and hills and on the beautiful lakes, what could possibly be wrong? Even in the sweet hometown, with its kindly police, menace lurks in a thousand disguises. Mystery and magic surround this metropolis of the imagination. Once again, James Tate has given us a world of...

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Overview

Memoir of the Hawk creates a world populated by hundreds of characters, believable and strange, tugged at the edges by the unexpected. In the privacy of their homes, who can save them from themselves? In the forests and hills and on the beautiful lakes, what could possibly be wrong? Even in the sweet hometown, with its kindly police, menace lurks in a thousand disguises. Mystery and magic surround this metropolis of the imagination. Once again, James Tate has given us a world of surprising pleasures:

... lost in the interstellar space between teacups in the cupboard, found in the beak of a downy woodpecker, the lovers staring into the void and then jumping over it, flying into their beautiful tomorrows like the heroes of a storm.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060935436
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/28/2002
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,070,133
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

James Tate was born in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1943. He is the author of sixteen books of poetry, including The Ghost Soldiers; Return to the City of White Donkeys; Memoir of the Hawk; Shroud of the Gnome; Worshipful Company of Fletchers, which won the National Book Award in 1994; Selected Poems, which won the Pulitzer Prize and the William Carlos Williams Award in 1991; Distance from Loved Ones; Reckoner; Constant Defender; Riven Doggeries; Viper Jazz; Absences; Hints to Pilgrims; The Oblivion Ha-Ha; and The Lost Pilot, which was selected by Dudley Fitts for the Yale Series of Younger Poets. He teaches at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.

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New Blood



A huge lizard was discovered drinking
out of the fountain today. It was not menacing
anyone, it was just very thirsty. A small crowd
gathered and whispered to one another, as though
the lizard would understand them if they spoke
in normal voices. The lizard seemed not even
a little perturbed by their gathering. It drank
and drank, its long forked tongue was like a red
river hypnotizing the people, keeping them in a
trance-like state. "It's like a different town,"
one of them whispered. "Change is good," the
other one whispered back.


Memoir of the Hawk. Copyright © by James Tate. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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Table of Contents

New Blood
Vale of the White Horse
I Must Have Been That Man
Te Deum Laudamus
Young Man with a Ham
The Lovely Arc of a Meteor in the Night Sky
A True Story
Cunning
The Little Brother
You Don't Know Me
Overheard on the Driving Range
The Storm and Stress Period
Endless Time
Slow Day at Manny's
The Workforce
Family Sorrow
Witches
Sudden Interest in the Dead
The Experiment with John
An Afternoon in Hell
Memory
Mental-Health Workers
September
The Second Mrs. Tyler
Behind the Milk Bottle
Thinking Ahead to Possible Options and a Worst-Case Scenario
T.B. Blues
Boom-Boom
Grand Opera
Madonna of the Chair
How the People Are Governed
Introspection
An Afternoon Stroll
Traveler
Blanc Is Noir
War and Peace
Our Lady of the Shivers
Hotel of the Golden Dawn
Year of Progress
Maine
Precious Little We Can Do
Toads Talking by a River
Whereabouts
My Private Tasmania
At the End of the Little Street
Overcoming Self-Consciousness
Rememberability
Plentitude
Fasting Day
Scattered Reflections
No Explanation
The London Times
The End of Zen
Geese at Night
You Think You Know a Woman
Curious
Denied Areas
Night Blindness
To Beg for Food in a Contemptible Way
The Shifting Dapples of Sunlight
Torture
Her Silhouette Against the Alpenglow
Hanging by a Thread
Chirpy, the Ruffian
Snake Charming Secrets of the Indian Subcontinent
Doink
Somehow Not Aware That She Was Heaven-Born
From the Morning Twilight to the Gloaming
A Children's Story about an Anemic Bedbug
To Each His Own
Burnt Green Earth
All Over the Lot
Watching an Owl Slowly Wink
Overworked and Haunted
Morbidly Anxious
Fork-Tongued
Negative Employee Situation
The Rug
Just to Feel Human
Wondrous Object
Beacon
The Lack of Good Qualities
The Arrival
The Choirmaster
Climbing Like a Monkey Through the Thick Branches
Perfection
The Fine Rain
Invisible
The Plumber
Dreams of Carefree Living
A New Lifestyle
Beauty Prizes
Ashes of Roses
A Lorgnette, a Parachute
Her First Novel
Like a Manta Ray
The Man of the People
Tickle Me Pink
Creatures
Pillow Fights with Myself
Edison's Later Years
The Reproductive System
The Hundred-Eyed Security Forces
The Old Candy, the New Candy
Primeval
Farewell to a Friend
The Black Dog
Ultraviolet Ukulele
The Raising of Quibbles
The Muse's Darling
Praying at the Bus Stop Is Forbidden
Duel to the Death
I Surrender
The New Love Slave
The Eggs
Wasted
The Drought
The Splendid Rainbow
Mob of Good Old Boys
A Walk with Twinkie
Frontier Guards
Carl's Shoes
Hayden and Madge
A Tattered Bible Stuffed with Memos
A Winner
The Bookclub
The Shallots
The Unveiling
Bitterness
A Fresh Performance
A Little-Birdie Told Her
The Real Thing
We Aim to Please
Still the Same
For Its Own Sake
Penury
Wild Beasts
Hungry Hearts
In the Ring or on the Field, Igor Hummed
Demigoddess
The Painter of the Night
The Wine Talks
Right Conduct
Time to Conjure Up the Good Spirit
Worldling
The Eternal Ones of the Dream
Boobies of Fernando Po
The Magic Flight
Link
War of Nerves
Red in Tooth and Claw
Carnivorous Sponges
The Guilty One
The Diagnosis
From Whence They Came
What Kady Did
Swift, Silent and Deadly
Kinky's Head
The Flying Petunias
The Mailman
Loving Nell
The Phantom Gardener
Second Growth
Look at Me
The Closing, the Nose Wiping
How Animals Live
The Shadowlife
When You Are Lost
Swiftsure Blue
Capital Punishment
Memoir of the Hawk
Rapture
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