The Strange Attractor: New and Selected Poems

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The unfading poetic brilliance of Robert Morgan shines through these ninety-three pieces spanning thirty-five years. Celebrated for his recent fiction, Morgan makes obvious in this volume he was first, and remains foremost, a wordsmith of poetic sensibilities—a craftsman of taut, forceful imagery, alert with wonder to the mystery of what lies in plain sight.

Like Robert Frost, Morgan takes the natural world as a metaphorical base for human projection. Much of his work is a love ...

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Overview

The unfading poetic brilliance of Robert Morgan shines through these ninety-three pieces spanning thirty-five years. Celebrated for his recent fiction, Morgan makes obvious in this volume he was first, and remains foremost, a wordsmith of poetic sensibilities—a craftsman of taut, forceful imagery, alert with wonder to the mystery of what lies in plain sight.

Like Robert Frost, Morgan takes the natural world as a metaphorical base for human projection. Much of his work is a love song to the Appalachian Mountain terrain and a way of life all but gone: his father speaking in tongues; his mother canning peaches; carpentry, farming, the seasons in slow motion, family history, and wind-borne strains of music. He captures the aura around such common objects as resin, cellars, hog-wire fence, the whippoorwill, and crickets. Infusing his poetry with mountain idiom, even when pondering the cosmos beyond, Morgan creates lyrics with a rhythm like rain.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807129517
  • Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2004
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 6.16 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Morgan grew up on a farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and currently lives in an old farmhouse outside Ithaca, New York. He is the author of eleven books of poems, including Topsoil Road, and is the recipient of numerous honors, including the Campbell-Brockman Poetry Award, the James G. Hanes Poetry Prize of the Fellowship of Southern Writers, the Greensboro Review Amon Liner Poetry prize, and Poetry magazine's Eunice Tietjens Prize. He has also published eight novels, among them Gap Creek, which was a New York Times Notable Book, an Oprah Book Club Selection, and winner of the Southern Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction. For more information visit Robert Morgan's Official Author Website: http://www.people.cornell.edu/pages/rrm4/

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Robert Morgan grew up on a farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and currently lives in an old farmhouse outside Ithaca, New York. He is the author of eleven books of poems, including Topsoil Road, and is the recipient of numerous honors, including the Campbell-Brockman Poetry Award, the James G. Hanes Poetry Prize of the Fellowship of Southern Writers, the Greensboro Review Amon Liner Poetry prize, and Poetry magazine's Eunice Tietjens Prize. He has also published eight novels, among them Gap Creek, which was a New York Times Notable Book, an Oprah Book Club Selection, and winner of the Southern Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction. For more information visit Robert Morgan's Official Author Website: http://www.people.cornell.edu/pages/rrm4/

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Table of Contents

Under Cover 3
Fasting 4
Triolet 5
Natural Radio 6
Wrecking Bar 7
Funny Books 8
Family 9
Signal Corps 10
Legends 11
The Strange Attractor 12
Time's Music 13
Trophy 14
Rhymer Spring 15
Church Dust 16
High Country 19
From a Cliff 20
Water Tanks 21
Beginning 22
Elegy 23
Ziconia 24
Prayer Meeting 25
Long Beach 26
Cellar 29
Resin 30
White Pines 31
Hog-Wire Fence 32
Whippoorwill 33
Exhaustion 34
Toolshed 35
Cedar 36
Bees Awater 37
Double Springs 41
Roost Tree 42
Face 44
Pumpkin 45
Compass 46
Land Diving 47
Paradise's Fool 48
Mockingbird 51
Mountain Bride 63
Death Crown 64
Canning Time 65
Bean Money 66
Wallowing 67
Bricking the Church 68
Burning the Hornet's Nest 69
Zircon Pit 70
Secret Pleasures 71
Passenger Pigeons 75
Horace Kephart 76
Buffalo Trace 77
White Autumn 78
Yellow 80
Manure Pile 81
Lightning Bug 82
Radio 83
The Gift of Tongues 84
Bellrope 85
Uncle Robert 86
Chant Royal 89
Firecrackers at Christmas 91
Man and Machine 93
Field Theory 95
Sigodlin 99
Audubon's Flute 100
Inertia 101
Odometer 102
Rearview Mirror 103
Vietnam War Memorial 104
Mountain Graveyard 105
Heaven 106
Sidney Lanier Dies at Tryon 1881 107
Writing Spider 109
The Body of Elisha Mitchell 110
Shaking 111
The Way Back 112
When He Spoke Out of the Dark 113
Ghosts in the Carpet 117
We Are the Dream of Jefferson 118
Appleglow 119
Earache 120
Subduction 121
Topsoil Road 125
Wild Peavines 126
Squatting 127
Care 128
Mowing 129
Polishing the Silver 130
Family Bible 131
Chicken Scratches 132
Harvest Sink 133
History's Madrigal 134
The Grain of Sound 135
Honey 136
June Bug 137
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