The Muscled Truce

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In Her Fifth full-length collection, poet Catharine Savage Brosman gracefully employs a wide array of forms and styles to address the ontological question -- the problem of being, including the "momentary flame" of human life -- and the complexity of relationships with others and with oneself. The first section, "A Distant Shore," introduces characters chronologically from King Minos to D. H. Lawrence who are given voice through Brosman's craft in seamless transitions among free verse, blank verse, and rhyme. In ...
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Overview

In Her Fifth full-length collection, poet Catharine Savage Brosman gracefully employs a wide array of forms and styles to address the ontological question -- the problem of being, including the "momentary flame" of human life -- and the complexity of relationships with others and with oneself. The first section, "A Distant Shore," introduces characters chronologically from King Minos to D. H. Lawrence who are given voice through Brosman's craft in seamless transitions among free verse, blank verse, and rhyme. In the second part, "The Muscled Truce," twelve short poems describe activities as ways of encountering the world, acting on it, and meeting its demands. The book closes with "A Cosmic Comedy," in which works about contemporary, often mundane situations reinforce earlier metaphysical concerns of nature, religion, aging, and death. At turns witty and weighty, personal and universal, The Muscled Truce bears Brosman's indelible emotional imprint and reveals her amazing technical flexibility, continuing her tradition of writing "poetry that might legitimately be assigned a vintage" (Baton Rouge Advocate).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807128909
  • Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2003
  • Pages: 72
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.23 (d)

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Catharine Savage Brosman 's creative works include four previous poetry volumes, most recently Places in Mind,and two books of essays. A native of Colorado and longtime resident of New Orleans, she is a professor emerita of French at Tulane University.

Catharine Savage Brosman 's creative works include four previous poetry volumes, most recently Places in Mind,and two books of essays. A native of Colorado and longtime resident of New Orleans, she is a professor emerita of French at Tulane University.

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Table of Contents

King Minos Speaks 1
At Saqqara 3
Thomas Coryate in India 4
Byron Leaves England for the Last Time, 1816 6
From a Letter of Queen Victoria before the Wedding of the Princess Royal 8
Carolina 10
Darby House 12
Rene Char Leaves France, 1944 14
Ernst Hanfstaengl in England 15
Near the Gers 17
Inner Music 19
Up Island 21
At the Lawrence Memorial 23
The Beekeeper 25
The Gardener 26
The Dressmaker 27
The Golfer 28
The Printer 29
The Pianist 30
The Traveler 31
The Camper 32
The Hiker 33
The Skater 34
The Winegrower 35
The Swimmer 36
Painting, Anonymous, circa 1700 37
Pigeon Man 38
Night Birds 40
Bells in Guanajuato 42
Syzygy 44
Sweet Olive 45
Sunset 46
Shadows 47
The Young Bird 48
Robins 49
On the Lake Fork of the Gunnison 51
On Prytania Street: Tending Lafayette Number 1 52
In the Virgin Islands 54
In the Patio 59
Stars for Jubilee 61
In the San Juans 62
On Her Sixty-Sixth Birthday 64
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