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Poems to Live by in Troubling Times

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In this allnew sequel to the Beacon bestseller Poems to Live By in Uncertain Times, editor Joan Murray has once again gathered an astonishing group of poems that speak to our personal and shared concerns in a troubled time.

Poems to Live By in Troubling Times features works carefully selected and deftly organized to help guide us through the complexities of our current situation. Included are poems that speak to our anxiety and terror; rally our hope and courage; warn us of ...

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Overview

In this allnew sequel to the Beacon bestseller Poems to Live By in Uncertain Times, editor Joan Murray has once again gathered an astonishing group of poems that speak to our personal and shared concerns in a troubled time.

Poems to Live By in Troubling Times features works carefully selected and deftly organized to help guide us through the complexities of our current situation. Included are poems that speak to our anxiety and terror; rally our hope and courage; warn us of complacency and complicity; stir us to action and compassion; lead us to question our leaders and politicians; move us to meditation and prayer; urge us to confront war and violence; and give us hope for peace and justice.

Readers will find wisdom to sustain them as they face difficulties in their individual lives or confront our common contemporary predicament. These are not poems that provide easy answers or overheated rhetoric but poems that speak directly and deeply to the soul, from the most important and celebrated poets of our era.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807068946
  • Publisher: Beacon
  • Publication date: 4/15/2006
  • Pages: 146
  • Product dimensions: 5.35 (w) x 7.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Joan Murray is editor of Poems to Live By in Uncertain Times and The Best of Pushcart Poetry. A National Poetry Series Open Competition winner, she is author of Queen of the Mist, Dancing on the Edge, and Looking for the Parade. Her poems have also appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Harper's, Ms., The Nation, and Best American Poetry and have been featured on NPR's Morning Edition. Murray lives in Old Chatham, New York.
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Table of Contents

Nocturne 3
A suitcase strapped with a rope 4
From the frontier of writing 6
In trying times 8
Out in the open (part II) 10
The terrorist, he watches 12
Dedications to Bashert 14
The measures taken 19
Heart labor 23
A comfort spell 24
Making a fist 27
Healing 29
Spell against sorrow 30
The sun 32
Happiness 34
Riding the elevator into the sky 36
Whenever that happened 41
Crash 42
Intrusion 43
Scruples 44
From Twelve chairs 46
Those destroyed by success 49
Twentieth century 53
What happens 55
Small frogs killed on the highway 59
To be of use 60
On living (part I) 62
Her head 64
Nocturnal visits 66
The dream 68
Perhaps ... 70
On the threshold 72
They said 77
As the president spoke 79
"Next to of course God America I" 80
Waiting for the barbarians 81
From The teeth mother naked at last 84
"For those dead, our dead ..." 87
The last election 89
Last-minute message for a time capsule 91
The task 95
I can't speak 96
Eagle poem 98
Prayer before birth 100
Breyten prays for himself 102
A prayer that will be answered 104
O sweet irrational worship 105
Fishing in the keep of silence 107
American wars 111
Fresco : departure for an imperialist war 112
Conscientious objector 114
While the record plays 116
Forced march 119
I gave away that kid 121
"They" 123
Every day 124
- When they sleep 129
Sabbath poem I (1979) 130
Hidden justice 132
Ourselves again 134
What I leave to my son 136
Someone 138
The season of phantasmal peace 140
The place where we are right 142
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