Out of the Ruins: Poems by William Johnson

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Bill Johnson's poems recreate his world in the Pacific Northwest where wild rivers, steelhead, moose, and lightning are common sights. Whether beholding the Northern Lights, painting the trim on his house, or staring into a high meadow where the dark shape of a bear "lumbers through patches of late melting snow," Johnson pledges his allegiance to the indescribable joy we find in creation. He uses even the most homely objects in his poems?a worn out pair of work boots, a collapsed barn?to embody the past and unite...

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Overview

Bill Johnson's poems recreate his world in the Pacific Northwest where wild rivers, steelhead, moose, and lightning are common sights. Whether beholding the Northern Lights, painting the trim on his house, or staring into a high meadow where the dark shape of a bear "lumbers through patches of late melting snow," Johnson pledges his allegiance to the indescribable joy we find in creation. He uses even the most homely objects in his poems—a worn out pair of work boots, a collapsed barn—to embody the past and unite it with the present. In doing so, he leads us out of the ruins along the path to love and redemption.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781881090311
  • Publisher: Confluence Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Series: Poetry Ser.
  • Pages: 60
  • Product dimensions: 5.97 (w) x 8.97 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Meet the Author

F. William Johnson is a retired Anderson, Indiana, General Motors product engineering manager who introduced the lighter weight, lower cost plastics and the unique retracting headlamps in many automotive applications. He has written many magazine articles including the award-winning Bottoming Out, in Reminisce Magazine. A native of Martinsville, Indiana, and a graduate of Wabash College, Crawfordsville, Indiana, he now lives in Ft. Myers, Florida.
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Table of Contents

I. Northern Lights
Stopping at an Abandoned Farm 3
Morning Work 4
Northern Lights 5
Fort Wright Bridge 6
Trout 7
Root Cellar 8
Quince 9
My Father's Work 10
Girl and Barn: A Photograph, 1931 11
Terminal Ice 12
Letter from Arlington 13
Snapbeans 14
II. Painting the Trim
New Year's Eve 17
Floating the Salmon River 18
Bear in Fog 19
My Daughter's Song 20
At Dworshak Dam 21
Fireweed 23
Burning the Raspberry Canes 24
Bouquet 25
At Sheep Lake During the GulfWar 26
Painting the Trim 27
On Finding a Snapshot of My Children 28
III. Obsequy for the End of the Century
Coyoteskin 31
On the Palouse 32
A Japanese Fisherman on the Henry's Fork 33
Chinese Ruins on the Salmon 34
Icefishing on Lost Valley Reservoir 35
Steelhead 37
Moose 38
Obsequy for the End of the Century 39
The Salmon 40
A Pulling 41
Black Lead Mountain 43
Suicide Race 44
In Mountain Lightning 45
IV. Out of the Ruins
Passage 49
Late Autumn Run 50
The Elm 52
Out of the Ruins 53
Hawks 54
At Fishtrap 55
Workboots 56
Dragging Bottom 57
Cedar 58
Paring My Mother's Nails 59
Wildrose Cemetery 60
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