Sparks From A Nine-Pound Hammer

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807126943
  • Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2001
  • Series: Southern Messenger Poets Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 76
  • Sales rank: 984,722
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.18 (d)

Meet the Author

LSU Press

Steve Scafidi 's poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, New Virginia Review, Southern Poetry Review, Southern Review, and elsewhere. He is a cabinetmaker and lives in Summit Point, West Virginia, with his wife, Kathleen. This is his first book.

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Table of Contents

Something New under the Sun 1
On the Occasion of an Argument beside the River Where I Live 2
Three Meditations on the Word Night 3
Sister Dream 6
The Hayfield Chandelier 7
The Sublime 8
Drinking Gift Whiskey 9
Lies 10
The Pranks of Breath 11
Elegies 12
On Looking into Golding's Ovid 14
Among the Millions of Things That History Will Forget 15
Ferocious Ode 16
Florence's Horse 17
Twilight's Swimmer 18
The Twenty-Seventh Mile of a Marathon 19
The Sweet Life 20
Winter Gossip 21
To a Lady Reading 22
The Facts of Springtime 23
The Morality of Bodies 24
Ode to And 25
This Page 26
Elegy for Emmett Till 27
For the Last American Buffalo 29
When This Book Comes Out I Am a Dead Man 30
Who Wants to Know What Love Is Worth? 32
To Publius Ovidius Naso 33
The Bee of Was 34
The Latitudes of Desire 35
Naked Sunlit Afternoon with Vultures 37
The Mower and the Moon 38
Icarus on the Beach in the Afternoon 39
To a Lady Still Reading 41
I Won't Go Lying Down 42
The Mission Chairs 43
True Stories of Bullets 45
For the Eighth Annual Celebration of St. Cecilia, the Patron Saint of Music, Purcellville, Virginia, November 1999 49
To Whoever Set My Truck on Fire 50
Here the Street is Narrow 52
Onlookers with the Burned Body of Jesse Washington, 18-Year-Old African American, Waco, Texas, 1916 53
Prayer for a Marriage 55
For Maurice Sendak 56
Ten-Letter Word for a Lucky Man 57
Luck's Bird over Love's House 58
Ode to Rosa Parks 59
If Every Night You Sleep You Die 60
This House 61
Three Poems for the Side of a Rocket Going to the Moon on a Saturday Night 63
Summit Point Peace 64
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2001

    Arrival of a Major American Voice

    Sparks of a Nine-Pound Hammer marks the arrival of a major American voice of a new generatation. In this stunning first collection, Steve Scafidi confirms that poetry still upholds the power to transform the psyche of our collective past. This daring poet does not hold back from truthfully expressing the unfortunate presence of racism in the South. Yet, Mr. Scafidi maintains the facility to celebrate the shock of dreams with grace. Take a deep breath when reading Sparks of a Nine-Pound Hammer because the poetry will, like the photo of the poet suggests, kick your behind.

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