Sunday Skaters: Poems

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In her first collection since the Lamont Prize-winning Unfinished Painting, Mary Jo Salter gives us subtle, witty, and moving poems that reflect a woman's travels through love, family, time, and place. Here are a pair of beautiful lovers on the Boulevard du Montparnasse and a woman in "nice-mother shorts" buying ice cream for six little boys and pondering the question "What do women want?" Here's a warm impassioned evening in Rome and a series of cloudy crystalline afternoons in Iceland. In a tone that is by ...
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Overview

In her first collection since the Lamont Prize-winning Unfinished Painting, Mary Jo Salter gives us subtle, witty, and moving poems that reflect a woman's travels through love, family, time, and place. Here are a pair of beautiful lovers on the Boulevard du Montparnasse and a woman in "nice-mother shorts" buying ice cream for six little boys and pondering the question "What do women want?" Here's a warm impassioned evening in Rome and a series of cloudy crystalline afternoons in Iceland. In a tone that is by turns playful ("Young Girl Peeling Apples"), rueful and wise in a long benediction for a young couple getting married, compassionate about a quarrel overheard in a restaurant, and tender ("Lullaby for a Daughter"), these poems encompass a broad range of melody and tempo. The book culminates in a pair of multifaceted, bittersweet portrayals of American icons - Thomas Jefferson and Robert Frost. The poet is captured as he approaches his forties, at that inspiriting moment when - impoverished and still far from famous - he is preparing to enter a world of public acclaim and private tragedies. The ex-President is seen musing over his long life, notably his sojourn in Paris just before the French Revolution, when the charms and romance of the Old World contend with his loyalties to the New. In Sunday Skaters, herself showing a skater's economical and powerful grace, Salter moves here and beyond, over a glittering terrain.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780679431091
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/26/1994
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 102
  • Product dimensions: 6.23 (w) x 8.64 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

What Do Women Want? 3
Boulevard du Montparnasse 5
June: The Gianicolo 6
A Dissertation 7
Young Girl Peeling Apples 10
Argument 12
A Communion 15
Two Sketches 17
Inside the Midget 18
Lines Written on Your Face 21
The Twelfth Year 22
Moving 24
A Benediction 25
Poppies 39
Lullaby for a Daughter 43
Lament 44
Hilary in Her Glory 45
Half a Double Sonnet 46
A Fracture 47
Brownie Troop #722 Visits the Nursing Home 48
The Age of Reason 49
Two Prayers 51
Picture 57
Icelandic Almanac 58
Sunday Skaters 62
Art Lesson 66
Rootless 70
Letter from America 72
The Hand of Thomas Jefferson 79
Frost at Midnight 94
Notes and Acknowledgments 101
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