There is No Finished World

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In poems that are relentlessly introspective yet never trivial, Corey delves into human experience at its most potent moments and shows us that the large questions are best considered within the context of the most minute details. When, as an editor and sitting in a hospital keeping a death watch, he addresses a poet whose poem he has rejected because it doesn’t rise to the emotional level of the situation, he says, "I’m sure/ you’re thinking this private critique unfair,/ and you’d be right to be upset, except/ ...

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Overview

In poems that are relentlessly introspective yet never trivial, Corey delves into human experience at its most potent moments and shows us that the large questions are best considered within the context of the most minute details. When, as an editor and sitting in a hospital keeping a death watch, he addresses a poet whose poem he has rejected because it doesn’t rise to the emotional level of the situation, he says, "I’m sure/ you’re thinking this private critique unfair,/ and you’d be right to be upset, except/ that you’d be wrong. This place, right here, is where/ we always meet: Beatrice with her chart/ devoid of final blessings, you and I/ searching for the words that nail sensation to the sky."

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  • ISBN-13: 9781893996687
  • Publisher: White Pine Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2003
  • Edition description: 2003 First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Knotter 11
Forgetting Mortality 15
Employment 16
A String Around Your Finger 18
The Sounds of Those Faithful 20
"Walk-ins Welcome" 21
Trailer on Trailer on Trailer 22
What I Don't Understand 23
What the Road Said 24
What the Eagle Said 25
One Answer 26
Universe 27
Poems of This Size 31
Carpe Diem 32
The Boy Scout's Motto Explodes 33
Black Hole 34
20-Century Skepticism, or, Another Idea Succumbs to Art and Truth 35
Style 36
Know 37
Strengthening the Myth 38
Editing Poems During a Hospital Deathwatch 39
Measures 43
Living Hands 44
One Night in Lima 48
1998: One Hundred Years Together 49
Who Would Not Seek the Perfect Gesture of Love? 51
Anything 55
Death Tricks 57
My Daughter Playing Beethoven on My Chest 58
Notes from the Year of My Father's Dying 60
Apology to My Daughters, 20 and 17 62
Called Forward 64
My Daughters' Photograph as a Bookmark in Howl 65
No Beauty 68
Dirt 70
To My Daughters at My Death 71
Abjuring Political Poetry 75
The Drive to Work 76
Seattle Merry-Go-Round 78
Two Views of Charles Burchfield's Six O'Clock: For Adults: Where the Painting Is 80
Two Views of Charles Burchfield's Six O'Clock: For Children: The Painting Comes Home 81
The Ghost of the Poet 82
Emily Dickinson Considers Basketball 83
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