Time's Fancy (Pitt Poetry Series)

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• Winner of the 1995 Banta Book Prize for a Wisconsin Author Part of what sets Wallace apart from other poets who write about personal and family life is his virtuosity with complex forms. . . . Yet Wallace is no mere technician; he weds considerable formal command with grace, passion, intelligence and wit."--Publishers Weekly
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Overview

• Winner of the 1995 Banta Book Prize for a Wisconsin Author Part of what sets Wallace apart from other poets who write about personal and family life is his virtuosity with complex forms. . . . Yet Wallace is no mere technician; he weds considerable formal command with grace, passion, intelligence and wit."--Publishers Weekly
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Part of what sets Wallace apart from other poets who write about personal and family life is his virtuosity with complex forms. This collection provides ballades, canzones, sonnets and pantoums in abundance. Yet Wallace is no mere technician; he weds considerable formal command with grace, passion, intelligence and wit. The most effective poems are those that seem to offer the most effortless touch or the most unassuming subject matter. A sonnet about a bird's nest becomes an occasion to marvel at a small daily miracle, while a poem about a pair of skirmishing cats prompts a meditation on consciousness. Wallace is also an astute portraitist, capturing his subjects quickly, as in a sonnet sequence that recalls every gesture, vanity and tic of childhood teachers: Mr. Watts ``sat cross-legged on his desk,/ a pretzel of a man, and grinned/ as if chemistry were some cosmic joke.'' He is on less sure ground in poems about an anorexic daughter and in others about his father, evidently a deeply embittered sufferer of multiple sclerosis. Although artfully shaped, such revelations seem invasive, like a stranger's unwelcome confidence. (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822955481
  • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/1994
  • Series: Pitt Poetry Series Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

The Life Next at Hand 3
Cricket 4
The Failures of Pacifism 5
Earthly Pleasures 6
The Astronomy of Loss 8
Pastoral 9
Beethoven and the Birds: The Piano Trio in C Minor 10
Quick Bright Things 11
February 14 15
Sweet Corn 16
Dragonflies 17
The Physics of Marriage 18
Tricks 19
The Theory of Relativity 20
Canzone: Siesta Key 21
Ballade of the Orangery 24
Hunger 25
Why I Am Not a Nudist 26
A Valentine 28
The Story 31
The Swing 33
The Sins of the Fathers 34
1959 35
Honky-tonk 36
Strips 38
Poison Ivy 39
Hardware 40
Ballade of David Parsons 41
The Resurrection and the Light 42
Running 43
The Inaccessible 44
Saints 45
Canzone: Egrets 47
Pantoum: The Sturdy of Worry 53
The Furnace Men 54
Man and Machine 56
Why God Permits Evil 58
Ballade of the Recycling Center 59
Possum, 1942 60
Exploration and Discovery 61
Sentences: A Play in Five Acts 62
Ballade of the Humpback Whales 64
Dream Lanes 67
Teachers: A Primer 68
In the Cards 73
Grandfather, His Book 74
Personal Effects 75
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