The Marriage in the Trees

Overview

Many of the poems in The Marriage in the Trees, Stanley Plumly's sixth book of poetry, concern the passing of the author's parents. They have the power of the deeply personal, and are clearly, in their wisdom and mastery of form and language, the work of a mature poet, one of our finest. Images of trees and birds dominate these poems. Birds—owls, doves, crows, and cardinals—whether remembered from childhood or spotted in a rain shower at Union Square, frequently inspire Plumly's lyrical meditations. They serve as...

See more details below
Available through our Marketplace sellers.
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (9) from $10.00   
  • New (2) from $12.22   
  • Used (7) from $10.00   
Close
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any BN.com coupons and promotions
$12.22
Seller since 2009

Feedback rating:

(68)

Condition:

New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

New
Brand NEW! A wonderful poem book. Stated FIRST Edition. We are not only impatient and ship immediately, but we also sprinkle a little JOY on each order!

Ships from: Westport, CT

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$60.00
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:

(178)

Condition: New
Brand new.

Ships from: acton, MA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Close
Sort by
Sending request ...

Overview

Many of the poems in The Marriage in the Trees, Stanley Plumly's sixth book of poetry, concern the passing of the author's parents. They have the power of the deeply personal, and are clearly, in their wisdom and mastery of form and language, the work of a mature poet, one of our finest. Images of trees and birds dominate these poems. Birds—owls, doves, crows, and cardinals—whether remembered from childhood or spotted in a rain shower at Union Square, frequently inspire Plumly's lyrical meditations. They serve as symbols of the vitality at the abrupt edges of life. Trees—losing their leaves in the autumn, blooming in the spring, providing wood for both a home as well as a casket and cover from exposure—stand watch over these poems as they do over the life around us, symbols of permanence amid the transience of life. "They/link the past, medieval to modern/the leaves still dark in summer, bronze and butter through hundreds of falls and winters./They're what's left of a larger thing." Memory, history, and family are powerful presences here, the past infusing the present with questions and with meaning. The Marriage in the Trees advances Stanley Plumly's standing as one of our strongest and most accomplished lyric poets.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Arguably a shade lighter in tone than 1989's Boy on the Step LJ 10/15/89, Plumly's sixth collection of lyric poems nevertheless sustains the air of melancholy his readers have come to expect; trees are "gothic with winter," a neighbor seems "boiled at birth/ in anger," and the streets harbor characters out of Fellini "Dwarf with Violin". When Plumly considers nature he approaches it on human terms, as metaphor "The sycamore made maps of disappearance", as literary creation rather than thing-in-itself. He shares with Keats-an explicit if ghostly presence here-and the Romantics the assumption that other living things possess an unknowable wisdom we can only appreciate intuitively. Peering into the invisible, the poet tries to fathom the patterns and forces to which all things submit. Earthy, edgy, and ethereal, these poems speak with dignity and simplicity; they collude with our fleeting senses of presence and absence, jar us when necessary, but at times strive to formulate the questions whose answers have no end.-Fred Muratori, Cornell Univ. Lib.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780880014878
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/1997
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 79
  • Product dimensions: 5.84 (w) x 8.55 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Stanley Plumly was born in Barnesville, Ohio, in 1939, and grew up in the lumber and farming regions of Virginia and Ohio. His work has been honored with the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award and nominations for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the William Carlos Williams Award, and the Academy of Amerian Poets' Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize. He is currently a Distinguished University Professor and Professor of English at the University of Maryland.

Read More Show Less

Read an Excerpt

Woman on Twenty-Second Eating Berries

She's not angry exactly but all business,
eating them right off the tree, with confidence,
the kind that lets her spit out the bad ones
clear of the sidewalk into the street. It's
sunny, though who can tell what she's tasting,
rowan or one of the serviceberries —
the animal at work, so everybody,
save the traffic, keeps a distance. She's picking
clean what the birds have left, and even,
in her hurry, a few dark leaves. In the air
the dusting of exhaust that still turns pennies
green, the way the cloudy surfaces
of things obscure their differences,
like the mock orange or the apple rose that
cracks the paving stone, rooted in the plaza.
No one will say your name, and when you come to
the door no one will know you, a parable
of the afterlife on earth. Poor grapes, poor crabs,
wild black cherry trees, on which some forty-six
or so species of birds have fed, some boy's dead
weight or the tragic summer lightning killing
the seed, how boyish now that hunger
to bring those branches down to scale,
to eat of that which otherwise was waste,
how natural this woman eating berries, how alone.
Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Woman on Twenty-Second Eating Berries 3
White Bible 4
Reading with the Poets 6
Will Work for Food 8
Snipers 10
Souls of Suicides as Birds 12
Conan Doyle's Copper Beeches 14
Humility Elm 16
For My Father, Dead at Fifty-Six, On My Fifty-Sixth Birthday 18
Dove 19
Dwarf with Violin, Government Center Station 20
Alms 21
Keats in Burns Country 23
Shadower 27
Panegyric for Gee 28
One-Legged Wooden Redwing 30
The Art of Poetry 32
Doves in January 35
For Judith on Valentine's Day 36
In Answer to Amy's Question What's a Pickerel 37
State Birds 38
White Oaks Ascending 39
"Woman Drowns after Slipping from Floating Refrigerator" 41
Lazarus at Dawn 43
The Last Parent 45
Drunks 46
The Marriage in the Trees 53
Nobody Sleeps 54
Cardinals in a Shower at Union Square 56
Detail Waiting for a Train 58
Dusk Coming On Outside öööööööö, New York 59
Field 60
Farragut North 62
Human Excrement 64
Canto XVIII 65
Complaint against the Arsonist 70
Red Somersault 72
William Matthew's Armistice Poppies 74
Constable's Clouds for Keats 76
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)