Paper Anniversary

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"Much of the best American poetry is local in origin but national or international in significance. Think of Frank O'Hara's New York, James Wright's Ohio, Ted Kooser's Nebraska. Bobby Rogers says in a poem 'all art is folk art, made with whatever is at hand,' and his poems are set mostly in Memphis and elsewhere in the Middle South. Like all good poems, though, they travel to large subjects: the limits of language, love and its absence, joy."---Ed Ochester, 2009 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize judge" "Bobby Rogers has the avuncular voice of a

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Overview

"Much of the best American poetry is local in origin but national or international in significance. Think of Frank O'Hara's New York, James Wright's Ohio, Ted Kooser's Nebraska. Bobby Rogers says in a poem 'all art is folk art, made with whatever is at hand,' and his poems are set mostly in Memphis and elsewhere in the Middle South. Like all good poems, though, they travel to large subjects: the limits of language, love and its absence, joy."---Ed Ochester, 2009 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize judge" "Bobby Rogers has the avuncular voice of a pool hall sage and the wisdom of generations of grandmothers. His poems are full of the best news, the kind the soul, as W.C. Williams attested, can get nowhere better than in the life of the lively mind. I think any reader will find this an auspicious, welcome arrival."---Dave Smith" "In his superb Paper Anniversary, Bobby Rogers is a near mystic of the domestic because love of family and landscape is connected to the eternal---and if not the eternal, our longing for love to last. His moving, widely thoughtful, and commodious poems are full of joy tinged with elegy."---Andrew Hudgins" "Combining a sprawling contemporary colloquialism with the aesthetic yearnings of a consciousness that seeks to understand itself through poetry, Paper Anniversary reminds us of the enduring power of narrative. In this postmillennial era when meaningful human voices grow increasingly less audible and more frustratingly inarticulate, can there be anything more important than that?"---Kate Daniels.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822961246
  • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2010
  • Series: Pitt Poetry Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 64
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Bobby C. Rogers is professor of English at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. His poems have appeared in the Southern Review, the Georgia Review, Image, Shenandoah, Puerto del Sol, and numerous other magazines. He is the recipient of the Greensboro Review Literary Prize in Poetry and has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

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Table of Contents

Meat and Three 1

Arkansas Stone 3

Burning the Walls 6

Philosophy 8

Anagnorisis 10

At Marx's Grave 12

Book Loaned to Tom Andrews 14

Rest 15

Daylight 17

How I'm Telling It 18

Accompaniment 21

In Season 24

Poet's Model 28

While the River Is Wide 30

Prooftext 32

New Bill Meyer Stadium 35

Gray 37

Paper Anniversary 38

Ornithology 40

Nocturne 43

Prayer 45

Winter 46

The Creative Process 48

Newground 50

Night Air 52

My Father's Whiskey 56

Pastoral 57

Real Estate 59

Regarding Change 61

Fence Story 62

Piece of Memory 65

Essay on Sources 67

The Mind of the Poet 69

A Student's Notes: Marseilles, Christmas 1986 71

Jerry Lee Lewis Plays "That Lucky Old Sun" at Bad Bob's Vapors Club, Memphis, Tennessee 74

Acknowledgments 77

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