The Empty Boat: Poems by Michael Sowder

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The Empty Boat explores the spiritual and aesthetic dimensions of the human relationship to the natural world, asking how nature speaks to us and what wisdom and solace it may offer the tragic aspects of our lives. From haunting poems that give voice to losses - of spouse, father, companions - and seek redemption in wilderness, to those that celebrate ecstatic moments of mystical vision, the book's trajectory moves ever toward Taoist landscapes of thought. The book concludes with the return of love and ...
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Overview

The Empty Boat explores the spiritual and aesthetic dimensions of the human relationship to the natural world, asking how nature speaks to us and what wisdom and solace it may offer the tragic aspects of our lives. From haunting poems that give voice to losses - of spouse, father, companions - and seek redemption in wilderness, to those that celebrate ecstatic moments of mystical vision, the book's trajectory moves ever toward Taoist landscapes of thought. The book concludes with the return of love and re-imaginings of the relationship of presence and emptiness in our lives.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781931112451
  • Publisher: Truman State University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2004
  • Series: New Odyssey Series
  • Pages: 77
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Lightning whelk 3
Ludington Beach, Lake Michigan 4
My grandfather from Kentucky 6
My godfather's house 8
Killing a crow 10
At the rehabilitation center 12
Learning names 14
Watching crows 15
Reading Sylvia's journals 17
Wapiti 19
Cuervo thoughts on the East Rim 20
Tattoo 22
Driving to North Carolina 25
The Gulf 27
Rose bush 29
In the dentist's office, reading an old issue of Poetry 30
Crow with Lexus 32
Elegy for Ford 33
Fishing, his birthday 41
Watching Orion 45
Three days in Grand Island 47
At the edge of a field 49
Waking up 50
Former attorney offers prayer of Thanksgiving for his new job 51
May in the kingdom of Hsuang Tsung 53
Down the Etowah 54
Fallen crow 55
A lesson 57
Christ's kite 58
Ikkyu 61
The strangeness of crows 62
In the luminous dark 64
November suns 65
Cleaning the face of the First American Bank 66
Saint Francis in ecstasy 67
That drink 68
May morning, Snake River 69
Rifle River 70
New snow, Ann Arbor 71
The lost verse 72
My friend takes my dog for a hike 73
Falling asleep 75
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2005

    STUNNING!

    Articulate and elaborate poetry on spirit and the spirit of nature.

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