The Powers of Heaven and Earth: New and Selected Poems

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LSU Press

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807128268
  • Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2002
  • Pages: 247
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.42 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

John Frederick Nims (1913—1999) was the author of eight collections of poetry, including The Six-Cornered Snowflake, Zany in Denim, and Knowledge of the Evening. He also translated several books of verse, most recently The Complete Poems of Michelangelo, and wrote the highly acclaimed Western Wind: An Introduction to Poetry. Long affiliated with the magazine Poetry, he was its editor from 1978 to 1984, and he taught at many distinguished universities and workshops in America and abroad. Among the numerous honors he received for his work are the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, the Aiken-Taylor Award, the O. B. Hardison Award, and the Harriet Monroe Memorial Prize.

John Frederick Nims (1913—1999) was the author of eight collections of poetry, including The Six-Cornered Snowflake, Zany in Denim, and Knowledge of the Evening. He also translated several books of verse, most recently The Complete Poems of Michelangelo, and wrote the highly acclaimed Western Wind: An Introduction to Poetry. Long affiliated with the magazine Poetry, he was its editor from 1978 to 1984, and he taught at many distinguished universities and workshops in America and abroad. Among the numerous honors he received for his work are the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, the Aiken-Taylor Award, the O. B. Hardison Award, and the Harriet Monroe Memorial Prize.

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Table of Contents

The Mouse 3
The Powers of Heaven and Earth 4
Julianne-Julienne 8
Pascal on Ultrasound 9
Celebrating a Birthday 10
Love's Progress 11
The Opera 12
The Silence 13
Love and Other Wonders 14
Till News of You 16
A Memory of Places 17
Time's Arrow 18
Worth in the World 19
The Seizure 20
Rilke Surmised 21
Strange! 22
Explicating "The Necromancers" 23
The Only Text 25
Impervious 26
Timepiece 27
The Day Our Dog Died 28
Love's Bittersweet 28
The Beautiful Atheist 29
Scientist's Morning Prayer 30
Porno People 30
Cosi 31
Moses Descending 32
The Bathrobe 33
As in a Play by Dekker 33
Found Poem: Understanding the Universe 34
Freight 35
Cultural Heritage 39
Tandaradei! 39
Men's Room: The Ritz 39
Trivia 39
"Light" Verse 40
Etymology 40
Cajolery 40
You Pious People 40
Horace, Ode I, 4 41
Horace, Ode I, 5 42
Catullus, XVII 43
Catullus, XXV 45
Giacomo Leopardi, "L'infinito" 46
Goethe, "Die schone Nacht" 47
Rosalia de Castro, "Cando Penso Que Te Fuches ... " 48
Dollar Bill 51
Penny Arcade 52
The Genuine Ellis 53
Magazine Stand 55
Madrigal in Wartime 56
Scherzo: Writers' Conference, 1941 57
New Year's Eve 58
Prayer 60
Parting: 1940 61
Love Poem 65
Midwest 66
Christmas Tree 67
Trainwrecked Soldiers 68
Sign of Fever 70
The Masque of Blackness 73
The Indolent Day 79
City Dawn 80
The Bright Night of the Soul 81
Watcher Go Deftly 83
First Date 84
Japanese Prints 85
Incident 86
Winter in the Park 87
Vicarage Blues 88
Two Cretan Views 89
Portrait 91
The Child 92
Christmas 93
Adam's Ballad 94
The Evergreen 97
Dead Child 101
The Young Ionia 102
Decline and Fall 104
The Lover 106
Polonaise 108
Parallax at Djebel-Muta 110
Etruscan Tomb 113
Roman Letter 116
Florence 119
Reflections in Venice 121
A Frieze of Cupids 125
Originated in a Chorus of Satyrs 126
Ancient of Days 127
And a Fortune in Olive Oil 128
Affair at the Fork 129
Calliope to Clio 130
Ishtar 131
A Pretty Device of the Fathers 132
Natione non Moribus 133
The Academy Disporting 134
Isaiah's Coal 136
Last Judgment 137
De Fide 138
Old River Road 139
Conclusion 144
Few Things to Say 147
Days of Our Years 147
At Dawn 147
Love 147
Parting 148
Contemplation 148
Anacreon's Answer 148
Protestation 149
Epitaph for a Light Lady 149
With Fingering Hand 149
Avant-garde 149
Visiting Poet 150
Transplant 150
View from Moon 150
Philosopher 151
Minotaur 151
Embroidery at Bayeux 151
Sophomore 151
On the One Theme Still 152
Love and Death 152
The Visit 152
Lovers 152
Perfect Rhyme 152
The Observatory Ode 155
Cardiological 158
Tide Turning 159
Postcard from Minnesota 161
Slapstick I 164
Dawn Song 165
Plaza de Toros 168
The Year, 1520 169
Sonnet Almost Petrarchan 170
Design: A Further Word 171
With a Blonde in a Bar-Booth 172
A Ballad of Kisses and Combs 173
How to Tell the Girls from the Flowers 174
A Scholar Wonders 174
Stewardess Falls from Plane 174
Daughter, Age 4 175
Sally and Alison: Julie, And Joan 176
The Madness in Vermont This Fall 179
Love among the Philosophers 180
Spleen 182
A Summer Love 183
Watching the Planes Come in at La Guardia 184
First Date (2) 184
The Origin of Myth 185
Love Song for Outer Space 187
Finisterre 188
The Consolations of Etymology, with Fanfare 193
The Book of Life 193
As Goethe Said 194
Lunch with Old Flame 195
Ragdale Haiku 195
Crutches and Canes 195
Matthew 5:28 195
Disciples 195
Good Friday 196
Poets and Critics 196
Verse Translator 196
Occasions of Grace at a Poetry Reading 196
The Six-Cornered Snowflake 199
Gravity 211
The Shape of Leaves 213
Trick or Treat 214
From the Rapido: La Spezia-Genova 215
Water Music 216
Dropping the Names 221
The Wine of Astonishment 223
Hospital Breakfast: With Grace After 228
Elegy 230
Keeping Change 231
Palinode 234
Niagara 236
Closed for Restoration 239
Notes 241
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