Sapphics and Uncertainties: Poems 1970-1986 / Edition 1

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"Desperately and delightfully unfashionable" was how reviewer Richmond Lattimore characterized Timothy Steele's Uncertainties and Rest when it first appeared in 1979. Sapphics against Anger and Other Poems appeared in 1986 and solidified and extended Steele's reputation as, in the words of Publishers Weekly, "one of the finest contemporary poets to write in meter and traditional forms." Sapphics and Uncertainties: Poems 1970-1986 draws together these two books into a single volume. This collection offers the most substantial gathering yet from a body of work widely praised for its tonal and thematic range and for its wit and warmth of feeling.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557283757
  • Publisher: University of Arkansas Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 5.53 (w) x 9.01 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Meet the Author

Timothy Steele is an American poet and scholar. Steele generally writes in meter and rhyme, and his early poems, which began appearing in the early 1970s in such magazines as Poetry, The Southern Review, and X. J. Kennedy's Counter/Measures, are sometimes said to have anticipated and contributed to the revival of traditional verse associated with the New Formalism movement. Steele's poetry is more strictly "formal" than the work of most New Formalists in that he rarely uses inexact rhymes or metrical substitutions, and is sparing in his use of enjambment. In addition to four collections of poems, he is the author of two books on prosody: Missing Measures, a study of the literary and historical background of modern free verse; and All the Fun's in How You Say a Thing, an introduction to English versification. Steele was an original faculty member of the West Chester University Poetry Conference, and received its Robert Fitzgerald Prosody Award in 2004.

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Table of Contents

From a Rooftop 3
The Sheets 5
Snapshots for Posterity 6
Old Letters 7
Small Lives 8
Mockingbird 9
Janet 10
Life Portrait 11
Sapphics against Anger 12
1816 13
Near Olympic 14
Native Sympathy 17
Golden Age 18
The Wartburg, 1521-22 19
Shucking Corn 20
On the Eve of a Birthday 21
Nightpiece 23
The Lady of Bright Counsel 24
Short Subjects 25
Last Tango 28
In the King's Rooms 29
Timothy 30
Chanson Philosophique 31
The Treatise on Harmony 32
Jacaranda 33
An Aubade 35
Summer 36
Waiting for the Storm 36
At Will Rogers Beach 37
The Chorus 40
But Home Is Here 41
Angel 43
Love Poem 44
The Skimming Stone 45
Toward Calgary 46
With a Copy of Ronald Firbank 51
Sunday Afternoon 52
Profils Perdus 53
Stargazing at Barton 54
Suburbs of the Sea 55
I. Evening, After Auction 55
II. History of a Friendship in Mattapoisett 55
III. A Couple, A Domestic Interior 56
IV. Summer Fairytale 57
The Messenger 58
Incident on a Picnic 59
Learning to Skate 60
For My Mother 61
An Interlude of Epigrams 62
Family Reunion 65
Coda in Wind 66
This Is 67
Three Notes toward Definitions 68
I. Of Culture 68
II. Of Faith 69
III. Of Friendship 70
Autobiography 71
Don Juan: A Winter Convalescence 72
Nightpiece for the Summer Solstice 73
Strictly Romantic: Coastal Town in Maine 74
At the Summit 75
Baker Beach at Sunset 76
Jogging in the Presidio 77
California Street, 1975-76 78
Last Night as You Slept 79
A Devotional Sonnet 80
Mornings in a New Apartment 80
Rural Colloquy with a Painter 81
One Morning 82
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2002

    Steele's first two collections

    Sapphics and Uncertainties contains Tim Steele's first two collections of Poetry, 'Sapphics against Anger and Other Poems' and 'Uncertainties and Rest.' It's a slim volume of intelligent poetry written in meter and form. This collection, much like the lates one 'Color Wheel', shows why Steele is considered one of the best poets writing formal verse. Every line, every word is well thought out. Steele is one of the poets that should be on your shelf.

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