The Quotable Moose: A Contemporary Maine Reader

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The best of Maine's contemporary authors celebrate their state in poetry, fiction, and essays that comprise a lively sampler as varied as the state that inspired it. A treasury of works --many previously unpublished--it includes Philip Booth, Franklin Burroughs, Carolyn Chute, Robert Creeley, Amy Clampitt, George Garrett, Susan Kenney, Cathie Pelletier, and 32 others.
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Overview

The best of Maine's contemporary authors celebrate their state in poetry, fiction, and essays that comprise a lively sampler as varied as the state that inspired it. A treasury of works --many previously unpublished--it includes Philip Booth, Franklin Burroughs, Carolyn Chute, Robert Creeley, Amy Clampitt, George Garrett, Susan Kenney, Cathie Pelletier, and 32 others.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A rich diversity of poetry, fiction and essays are collected to celebrate the uniqueness of Maine and its people. Forty of Maine's top writers chronicle a full spectrum of moods and emotions: father and son embrace nature in Richard Gillman's uplifting poem, ``Together Among the Monarchs''; a woman faces heart-wrenching loneliness in ``Northern Lights'' by Elizabeth Cooke. McNair's introduction does a wonderful job of setting the tone of the book while also grouping the works loosely into sections ``chosen and arranged to lead the reader step-by-step into the realities in Maine.'' One of these ``realities'' that surfaces frequently is the hard, but often rewarding life of Maine natives. Perhaps writer Carolyn Chute sums it up best when she describes what small-town Maine is not : ``In those other places you are a stranger. Nobody lives there long enough to make a history, gossip, rumors, truth. In those places your exterior is most important.'' She passionately extols the completeness of people, who are free to be themselves, she claims, and warns of efforts by the office of tourism and developers to attract outsiders to a falsified image of the state. Through the variety of settings used by the writers--islands, backwoods and small towns--readers will feel as though they have taken a statewide journey and seen life as an authentic Mainer does. (May)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874516739
  • Publisher: University Press of New England
  • Publication date: 5/1/1994
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 269
  • Product dimensions: 5.53 (w) x 8.47 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Together Among Monarchs 3
Apparition 6
Mallards 7
The Ecuadorian Sailors 14
Brief Afternoons 16
Of Moose and a Moose Hunter 17
Cecile's Dog Bo 34
Into Woods 45
Blitzkrieg and the Nautical Plow 55
Moth at My Window 57
Somerset County 61
Northern Lights 63
The Bird Feeder 72
No Night Life 75
Vespers 79
Maine Eats 80
The Cornfield 100
For Those in Peril on the Sea: A Meditation 102
Handed Down 107
3,000 Dreams Explained 109
Civil Defense 113
The Front Parlor 133
from The Saltwater Farm and the Spleeny Yowun 136
Poem 146
Cold Spring Nights in Maine, Smelts, and the Language of Love 147
The Solemn Son 158
Bob Ward (1955) 159
Bent Reeds 160
Crazy Lady 174
Bird Lady 179
Stormy Night 181
Wish 183
Fog-Talk 195
On the Island 196
Man Climbing Katahdin 211
Where the Deer Were 213
Unexplained Lights 214
This Room 220
Waldoboro Eve 221
Some Clear Night 222
Totally 223
Piles 225
The Other Maine 228
Ghosts, Balloons, Some Martians 233
How It Is, How It Was, How It Will Be 235
Afloat on Snow 236
Spring Tide 239
Presence 241
About the Contributors 243
Acknowledgments 249
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