Sweet Lorain

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As an elegist of the lives of those who have been changed by hardship and suffering - especially by war - Bruce Weigl has become one of the most admired American poets of his generation. In this, his seventh book of poems, Weigl returns not only to Vietnam but to the Lorain, Ohio, of his youth. In his continued quest for emotional and spiritual enlightenment, Weigl writes about the connections between his childhood in a working-class world and the powerful effects of the American war in Vietnam on all of us. With...
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Overview

As an elegist of the lives of those who have been changed by hardship and suffering - especially by war - Bruce Weigl has become one of the most admired American poets of his generation. In this, his seventh book of poems, Weigl returns not only to Vietnam but to the Lorain, Ohio, of his youth. In his continued quest for emotional and spiritual enlightenment, Weigl writes about the connections between his childhood in a working-class world and the powerful effects of the American war in Vietnam on all of us. With his characteristic fluidity of syntax and strong metaphor, Bruce Weigl has created in Sweet Lorain a description of living one life in two vastly different worlds.
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A study of the epic genre and its evolution from Homer to Milton, arguing that there is room in the epic world for open-endedness and indecision. Discusses six works, including the Iliad, the Odyssey, the Faerie Queen, and Paradise Lost, identifying core generic elements, particularly the employment of the imperial citadel as sacred center, and analyzes the ways in which the works draw upon earlier models and reflect social changes. Distribted by Ashgate. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810150546
  • Publisher: Northwestern University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1996
  • Pages: 67
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Sitting with the Buddhist Monks, Hue, 1967 1
The One 5
What I Saw and Did in the Alley 7
Yes to the Voices of Eons Ago 9
Care 10
At the Confluence of Memory and Desire in Lorain, Ohio 12
Three Meditations at Nguyen Du 13
Words for the Husky Girl 16
At the Dreamland Theater, 1959 17
That Finished Feeling 18
Hanoi Christmas 1992 20
Hymn of My Republic 22
Cleaning out the Shaker Gears, Elyria Foundry, Elyria, Ohio, 1971 24
From the House on Nguyen Du 26
Our 17th Street Years 29
Carp 30
Conversation of Our Blood 33
Seeking the Redwing 36
Three Fish 37
Our Middle Years 38
Brother Crow of Pearl Avenue 39
When the Hunger is Gone 40
Rhapsody 42
The Here and the There 43
On Mai Hae De, Anniversary of the Liberation 44
Elegy for Peter 45
My Early Training 46
Meditation at Melville Ave. 47
For the Novice of Tran Quoc Pagoda 49
Meditation in Hue 50
First Letter to Calumpang 51
Chain 52
On the Ambiguity of Injury and Pain 54
Red Squirrel 55
Meditation at La Grange 56
Words Like Cold Whiskey between Us and Pain 57
The Veil Lifted 59
Bear Meadow 61
Fever Dream In Hanoi 63
Notes 67
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