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Work Life: New Poems

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“Always an elegist, in the Vergilian mode, Kane touches greatness here in the beautiful poignance of 'Third Parent,' a farewell to his late mother-in-law. Only a handful of American poems in the last few decades perform the work of mourning so eloquently. Kane is a meditative poet resigned to a kind of faithless faith that longs for a transcendence not available to it.”—Harold Bloom

Paul Kane writes poems of heartbreaking beauty. Cerebral and emotional in equal measure, Work ...

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Overview

“Always an elegist, in the Vergilian mode, Kane touches greatness here in the beautiful poignance of 'Third Parent,' a farewell to his late mother-in-law. Only a handful of American poems in the last few decades perform the work of mourning so eloquently. Kane is a meditative poet resigned to a kind of faithless faith that longs for a transcendence not available to it.”—Harold Bloom

Paul Kane writes poems of heartbreaking beauty. Cerebral and emotional in equal measure, Work Life contains his most personal lyrics.

A recipient of Fulbright, Guggenheim, and National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships, Paul Kane teaches at Vassar College.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933527079
  • Publisher: Turtle Point Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 100
  • Sales rank: 1,206,798
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author


Paul Kane is the author of two previous poetry collections, The Farther Shore and Drowned Lands. He has written a critical study of Australian poetry and edited an edition of Ralph Waldo Emerson's poems. He has won fellowships from the NEH and the Guggenheim Foundation. He has been awarded Fulbright and Mellon Grants. He teaches at Vassar College.
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Table of Contents


Knowing     1
A Portent
A Portent     5
To Make a Desert     6
Two Trees     8
Admiralty Bay     11
A Myth of Justice     13
No Photo. Go Home     15
Third Parent
Third Parent     19
At Olana     22
Widower     23
For My Father Dying     24
The Night Heron     25
Dear Margie     26
Engraved     27
A Murder of Crows     28
Psyche
Psyche     31
Like Life Itself
Like Life Itself     53
Doo Town     54
Teen Town     56
A Whiter Shade of Pale     59
Two-Liners     61
At the Poe Museum     63
In Her Garden     64
At a Fountain in Rome     65
Two-Liners     67
High-rise Terminal     69
Maven to Her Mirror     70
Uncle John's Band     72
Two-Liners     74
Argument from Design
Argument from Design     79
At Karacadag     86
Alphabet at Morning     87
Eucharist at Mont St.-Michel     88
From the Book of Hours     89
The Desert Father     90
In Vida's Garden     91
Enneads     92
On the Sabbath     96
Tobias and the Angel     97
On Earth     99
Acknowledgements     101
About the Author     103
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