Sacred Conversations


A collection of poetry by Peter Cooley.
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A collection of poetry by Peter Cooley.
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What People Are Saying

Prairie Schooner
“With his stunning eye for detail, with his ability of manipulate voice for dramatic expressiveness, with his skill in weaving in and out of a range of styles from the subtly impressionistic to the overly dramatic, Cooley is one of our most distinctive American poets.”
The Gettysburg Review
“Cooley finds occasion for celebration in the minute and circumstantial events of day-to-day living . . . [his] obsession with interpreting each aspect of the ‘miraculous ordinary’ forms the most distinctive feature of his verse.”
Indiana Review
“Cooley’s spiritual receptivity may surprise some readers accustomed to the secular drone of much contemporary poetry, but his faith is never dogmatic, never held above the reader to admonish. Instead, it merely conditions his daily interaction with the world as father, as husband, and especially as a poet, whose duty it is to ‘transcribe’ the ‘squints and hintings’ of his presence.”
Black Warrior Review
“The Astonished Hours is a cohesive book thematically, and the craft and grace of the poems demonstrates the power of free verse as a ‘form,’ and of voice itself as perhaps the most important late twentieth-century ‘form.’”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780887482564
  • Publisher: Carnegie-Mellon University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/1998
  • Series: Carnegie Mellon Poetry Series
  • Pages: 104
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 8.51 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

PETER COOLEY was born in Detroit and grew up there and in the suburbs of the city. A graduate of Shimer College, The University of Chicago and The University of Iowa, he lives in New Orleans, where he is Professor of English at Tulane University. Married and the father of three children, he has published five books of poetry: The Company of Strangers, which has been reissued by Coyne & Chenoweth, The Room Where Summer Ends, Nightseasons, The Van Gogh Notebook, and The Astonished Hours, all of which were published by Carnegie Mellon University Press.
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Table of Contents

To My Hypocrite Reader
To the Sun
For Tess of the d’Urbervilles
The Return
Poem for the Moment of My Death
For Lear
My Raven
Against Imagining
For Jay Gatsby

For Daisy Miller
Rites of Passage
A Vision
Museum Piece
For Anna Karenina
Holy Hour
Postprandial: The Landings, A Retirement Center Offering an Independent Lifestyle
Morning After My Death
No Moral Lesson
In Place of Happiness
The National Cremation Society
I Have to Tell You This

Attempt at Elegy
No Land of Counterpane
Poem on the First Day of School
The Video Arcade
To Emily Dickinson in New Orleans
Coincidental Music
For Jake Barnes
At the Special Olympics
For Hamlet
The Sea Birds

In Possibility
Poem on My Birthday
For Arthur Dimsdale
Brother Body
For Jude the Obscure
Body of Night
Why I Despise Myself
To My Son on His Eleventh Birthday
Little Mad Song
For Ozma of Oz

For Emma Bovary in Heaven
November: Another Poem on My Birthday
The Crow
Driving, Christmas Eve
Psalm Before Sleep
For Gregor Samsa
To the Reader
Poem on the First Day of Spring
Invitation to the Voyage

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