Saving Daylight

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“Harrison doesn’t write like anyone else, relying entirely on the toughness of his vision and intensity of feeling to form the poem... here’s a poet talking to you instead of around himself, while doing absolutely brilliant and outrageous things with language.”—Publishers Weekly

“One is simply content to be in the presence of a writer this vital, this large-spirited.”—The New York Times Book Review

Although best known for his acclaimed fiction,...

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Overview

“Harrison doesn’t write like anyone else, relying entirely on the toughness of his vision and intensity of feeling to form the poem... here’s a poet talking to you instead of around himself, while doing absolutely brilliant and outrageous things with language.”—Publishers Weekly

“One is simply content to be in the presence of a writer this vital, this large-spirited.”—The New York Times Book Review

Although best known for his acclaimed fiction, Jim Harrison’s poetry has earned him recognition as an “untrammeled renegade genius.” Saving Daylight, his tenth collection of poetry–and first in a decade–is grounded in thickets and rivers, birds and bears, and the solace of dogs in a crazed political world. Whether contemplating the ephemerality of 90,000,000,000 galaxies or the immediate grace of a waitress, Harrison relishes the art and mysteries of being alive. “I’m enrolled in a school without visible teachers,” he writes in the title poem, “the divine mumbling just out of ear shot.”

From “The Little Appearances of God”

When god visits us he sleeps without a clock in empty bird nests.
He likes the view. Not too high.
Not too low. He winks a friendly wink at a nearby possum who sniffs the air unable to detect the scent of this not quite visible stranger...

Jim Harrison is the author of two dozen books, including Legends of the Fall and Dalva. His work has been translated into 20 languages and produced as four feature-length films. Mr. Harrison divides his time between Montana and southern Arizona.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Mountains and forests from the American West, oneiric apparitions and a hard-won, slightly bitter wisdom pervade this 10th book of poems from the prolific Harrison (Shape of the Journey), whose many prose works include Legends of the Fall. Harrison's passionate, sometimes uncontrolled poems portray his upbringing in northern Michigan and his long residence in the wilds of Montana, where "The moose/ down the road wears the black cloak of a god," and any small "community can drown in itself,/ then come to life again." His tough-guy tone and terse descriptions, along with his unpretentious free-verse line, might recall Gerald Stern or even Richard Hugo. Yet his leaps from topic to topic, his declamations and spontaneous, mystical utterances, suggest instead a Latin American influence-several poems appear both in English and in Spanish in facing-page translations, and several more pay tribute to the wild intuitions of Pablo Neruda. (Apr.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal

He's better known as a novelist, but Harrison writes tough, meditative poetry that appeals to a wide audience, capturing hard-won wisdom in language often evoking the scary beauty of this country's Northwest. His tenth collection is blessed with both wildness and grace. (LJ2/15/06)


—Barbara Hoffert
Library Journal
The poems in Harrison's (Legends of the Fall) tenth collection shift between rant and meditation as they blend philosophy with down-home observations about life, love, nature, and God. (Think Dylan Thomas, as written by Walt Whitman.) "I've been translating the language with which creatures address God," Harrison muses. Describing dreamlike states of consciousness-at times literally coming out of anesthesia or awakening from a night's sleep-the poems feel like self-induced hypnosis. Surrealistic images abound, with some of the longer poems getting lost in their own excesses. "Incomprehension," for example, comes from the "write anything and hope a poem appears" school. The best poems, like those written as letters, allow surreal images to gain momentum as, after a noisy rush of language, they arrive at a Zen-like quiet. Using conceits and other extended metaphors, these poems follow a thought as it feels its way, sticky hands and all, to an illogical conclusion that makes a kind of droll sense. Recommended for all libraries. [Harrison is perhaps best known as a fiction writer; four of his novels have been adapted into feature-length films.-Ed.] -Diane Scharper, Towson Univ., MD Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556592676
  • Publisher: Copper Canyon Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2007
  • Pages: 124
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Jim Harrison is the author of thirty books, including Legends of the Fall, Dalva, and Shape of the Journey. His work has been translated into two dozen languages and produced as four feature-length films. In 2007, Mr. Harrison was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He divides his time between Montana and southern Arizona.

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Table of Contents

Water 3
Cabbage 4
Mom and Dad 5
Night Dharma 6
Modern Times 7
Adding It Up 13
Young Love 15
The Movie 16
Livingston Suite 18
Hill 32
Buried Time 35
Angry Women 38
Before the Trip 39
Paris Television 40
Opal 41
The Man Who Looked for Sunlight 42
Alcohol 43
En Veracruz en 1941 44
In Veracruz in 1941 45
Dream Love 46
Flower, 2001 47
Patagonia Poem 48
Reading Calasso 49
The Bear 50
Bars 51
Diabetes 53
Searchers 54
Mother Night 55
The Creek 56
Birds Again 57
Becoming 58
Portal, Arizona 59
Easter Morning 60
Corrido Sonorense 62
Sonoran Corrida 63
Older Love 64
Los viejos tiempos 66
The Old Days 67
Two Girls 70
The Little Appearances of God 71
Waves 73
Time 74
An Old Man 75
To a Meadowlark 76
November 77
Cold Poem 78
Invasive 79
On the Way to the Doctor's 80
Espanol 82
Spanish 83
Pico 86
The Short Course 87
Science 91
The Fish in My Life 92
A Letter to Ted & Dan 93
Effuvia 96
Joseph's Poem 98
Unbuilding 99
Suzanne Wilson 101
Current Events 102
Poem of War (I) 103
Poem of War (II) 103
Rachel's Bulldozer 104
After the War 105
Brothers and Sisters 112
Fence Line Tree 113
Saving Daylight 114
Incomprehension 115
Memorial Day 117
Letter Poem to Sam Hamill and Dan Gerber 118
Hakuin and Welch 119
L'envoi 120
Marching 121
About the Author 123
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