Naming the Stars: Poems

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Many of the poems in Naming the Stars are about the difficulty of balancing the desires of one self with those of another and the problem of solving the arguments between the body and the soul. The collection's perspective often shifts as the poet wonders how to tell a story that she is not certain she understands even as she lives it, but she finds solace in the sonnet and near-sonnet, giving the volume a recurring shape and a sequential thread. This is Sutphen's third book of poems and it is a change, both in ...

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Overview

Many of the poems in Naming the Stars are about the difficulty of balancing the desires of one self with those of another and the problem of solving the arguments between the body and the soul. The collection's perspective often shifts as the poet wonders how to tell a story that she is not certain she understands even as she lives it, but she finds solace in the sonnet and near-sonnet, giving the volume a recurring shape and a sequential thread. This is Sutphen's third book of poems and it is a change, both in style and subject matter: the poems here are more immediate and revealing emotionally, and the language (lean and complex) matches this intensity.

Naming the Stars

This present tragedy will eventually
turn into myth, and in the mist
of that later telling the bell tolling
now will be a symbol, or, at least,
a sign of something long since lost.

This will be another one of those
loose changes, the rearrangement of
hearts, just parts of old lives
patched together, gathered into
a dim constellation, small consolation.

Look, we will say, you can almost see
the outline there: her fingertips
touching his, the faint fusion
of two bodies breaking into light.

Joyce Sutphen's first book of poetry, Straight Out of View, won the Barnard New Women's Poets Prize (Beacon Press, 1995) and was recently republished by Holy Cow! Press (2001). Her second book of poems, Coming Back to the Body (Holy Cow! Press, 2000), was a finalist for a Minnesota Book Award in Poetry. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, The Gettysburg Review, Shenandoah, and other journals. She has read her work on NPR's A Prairie Home Companion. Ms. Sutphen's awards include the Eunice Tietjen's Memorial Prize from Poetry magazine, a Loft-McKnight Artist Fellowship, a Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship, and grants from the Jerome Foundation. She holds a Ph.D in Renaissance Drama and teaches literature and creative writing at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780930100056
  • Publisher: Holy Cow! Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2003
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 1,233,185
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Joyce Sutphen grew up on a farm near St. Joseph, Minnesota, and currently lives in Chaska, Minnesota. She has degrees from the University of Minnesota, including a Ph. D. in Renaissance Drama. Her first book, STRAIGHT OUT OF VIEW, won the Barnard New Women's Poets Prize (Beacon Press, 1995, republished by Holy Cow! Press in 2001). COMING BACK TO THE BODY (Holy Cow! Press, 2000) was a finalist for a Minnesota Book Award, and NAMING THE STARS (Holy Cow! Press 2004), won a Minnesota Book Award in Poetry. In 2005, Red Dragonfly Press published Fourteen Sonnets in a letterpress edition, and in 2006 she co-edited To Sing Along the Way, an award-winning anthology of Minnesota Women Poets from the Territorial Days to the Present (New Rivers Press). Her most recent book is FIRST WORDS (Red Dragonfly Press, 2010). Her poems have appeared in Poetry, American Poetry Review, Atlanta Review, Minnesota Monthly, North Dakota Review, and many other journals, and she has been a guest on A Prairie Home Companion, hosted by Garrison Keillor.

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Table of Contents

Naming the stars 11
Raku songs 12
Gone missing 16
To take her home 18
She doesn't tell 19
How we ended up together 20
The unreliable narrator 21
Learning by heart 22
The problem was 23
Handprint 27
One of those stories 28
Since you will not send me word 29
Remembering love, pure and useless 30
Crossing the Seine at Pont Neuf 31
The collector's edition 32
Losing touch 33
Off line 34
Hanging up 35
Polaroid # 2 36
Measuring the distance 37
Road talk 38
Notice 39
Ever after 40
Alone 43
The bottom line 44
The sound of no one calling 45
Aisle and view 46
One afternoon in early autumn 48
The apostate's creed 49
Empty 50
The old enmity 51
Reasons for leaving 52
What comes after 53
Advice and content 54
In the wake 55
Seeing, up close again 56
The lamp in the spine 57
Cafe song 58
Riding on faith 61
This body 62
Beginning again 63
What the elders taught us 64
The future archaic 65
Walking in early June 66
Soundings 67
In the middle of things 68
After, always after 69
Now that anything could happen 70
Leaving Friday Harbour 71
What to pack 72
Getting the machine 73
Some glad morning 74
At the moment 75
Now, finally, a love song 76
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