The Storm and Other Poems

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A reissuing of The Storm and Other Poems by William Pitt Root.
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Overview

A reissuing of The Storm and Other Poems by William Pitt Root.
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Editorial Reviews

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"The natural world is portrayed with an astounding succession of vivid images. It is a pleasure to read a book filled with so much light and joy."—Library Journal

"What does a person do to read [work] like Root's? What does he need to possess in order to 'understand'? Knowledge of successions of love, puzzles of loyalty, memory. . . . The balance between the poet's offering and the reader's is very shrewd."—Benjamin DeMott, New York Times Book Review

"Root's great tropes are Light and Dark; the Sea and Journey his great reservoirs of force. This poet is ambitious, oratorical, convincing . . . assaying confrontations of the self and some dissolving Other . . . [in an] immense brawl with the universe."—Richard Howard, Kenyon Review

From the Publisher
"The natural world is portrayed with an astounding succession of vivid images. It is a pleasure to read a book filled with so much light and joy."--Library Journal

"What does a person do to read [work] like Root's? What does he need to possess in order to 'understand'? Knowledge of successions of love, puzzles of loyalty, memory. . . . The balance between the poet's offering and the reader's is very shrewd."--Benjamin DeMott, New York Times Book Review

"Root's great tropes are Light and Dark; the Sea and Journey his great reservoirs of force. This poet is ambitious, oratorical, convincing . . . assaying confrontations of the self and some dissolving Other . . . [in an] immense brawl with the universe."--Richard Howard, Kenyon Review

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Meet the Author

Trace Elements From a Recurring Kingdom recollected WILLIAM PITT ROOT's first five books. It was preceded by Faultdancing, written on the Mendoccino coast near the San Andreas fault. Work more recent appears in The Atlantic Monthly, Poetry, Ploughshares, Rattapallax, Turnrow, and thedrunkenboat.com and in anthologies such as Howling for the Wolves (2005), Kindled Terraces: American Poets in Greece (2004), and Stories from Where We Live (2003). William Pitt Root has been US/UK Exchange Artist (London & Cornwall), Fellow of the Rockefeller and Guggenheim Foundations, Stanford University, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Translated into nearly 20 languages, his poems have been broadcast over Radio Free Europe. For years Root commuted weekly from Tucson (where he was poet laureate 1997-2002) to teach in the writing program at Hunter College in Manhattan. He and his wife, poet Pamela Uschuk, now live with a cadre of animal companions in the Rockies in western Colorado near the vast Weminuche Wilderness.
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Table of Contents

The Dream

Whiskey Creek Bridge
The Wavering Field
Field Late in the Fall
The Gulf
On the Tidal Ledge
Passing a Sawmill at Night
The Passage of the Living

A Dream of Snow
Ceremony
The Death of a Family
Retreat Near Mt. Tamalpais, California
One Sunday
The Grandfather
"Toward Night an Old Man Drove to Search"
Accident on the Highway at Night
August at Sixty
End of Winter in an Old Neighborhood
Fisherman

The Firstborn
The Visiting Hour
Living It Up
The Jellyfish
Holocaust
End of a Season
Snow
Starlings
"In Late Winter"
"While the Ocean Turns"

The City Dreaming of Horses
Silhouettes
Malfunction
Lunch Hour
Stockroom
Exorcism

"A Year has Passed Already, So"
With My Wife Beside the Washougal River, Still Stranded During the Fifth Week of the Airlines' Strike
Playing Until Dark
"Checking In"
Summer of Morning Glories
Jennifer by Moonlight
From the First and Lasting Dream

The Storm

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