A World Remembered

Overview

Poems are often fragments of a larger narrative, whether they come from the life of the writer or characters imagined, shaped so that they can be whole in themselves. The poems in A World Remembered are from the narrative of my own life and lives I have known or imagined, and I hope they also combine to make the story that is a book—a community of momentary understandings even if the world remembered is only what we think we know.

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Overview

Poems are often fragments of a larger narrative, whether they come from the life of the writer or characters imagined, shaped so that they can be whole in themselves. The poems in A World Remembered are from the narrative of my own life and lives I have known or imagined, and I hope they also combine to make the story that is a book—a community of momentary understandings even if the world remembered is only what we think we know.

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What People Are Saying

Howard Frank Mosher
"In its unfailing grace and humanity, In the Country of Elegies is a deeply-felt affirmation of those moments in life that matter most to all of us."
Hayden Carruth
"I hear Mozart over and over again in Alan Broughton's writing, joy, and grief reaching beyond restraint yet always beckoning toward a kind of decorum from the natural ambience—or from somewhere, I don't know where."
Ted Kooser
"Broughton's work assures us that there is still a poetry being written in which the poet attempts to come to terms with his experiences, and not with the flowering of his style, the popularity of his forms, or the current fashions in writing. Fortunately for the persistent reader of new collections and little magazines, one now and again comes upon a little poetry among all of the poems, and I am happy to have this opportunity to say that Broughton is writing some of this poetry."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780887485176
  • Publisher: Carnegie-Mellon University Press
  • Publication date: 1/8/2010
  • Series: Carnegie Mellon Poetry Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

T. ALAN BROUGHTON lives in Burlington, Vermont, and Keene Valley, New York. He has published novels, collections of short stories and poetry, and for thirty-five years he taught at the University of Vermont. He was awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. Born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, he attended Exeter Academy, Harvard, the Juilliard School of Music, Swarthmore College, and the University of Washington. A World Remembered is his seventh book of poems.

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Table of Contents

DISCOVERIES
A World Remembered
Remembrance
Discoveries
How Poetry Nearly Died
Handyman
Widow at Sundown
Acquaintance
Catechism
Song Endures
Scene in Late May
Psalm
Great Blue Heron

TELLING STORIES
The Blind Masseuse
Crossroads
Carnival
Leaving a Mark
Lascaux, 1940
Water Babies
Revisions
Barbershop Quartet
Ballad of the Comely Woman
Lyrics for the Same Old Song
Ballad of the Usual Blues
One Night
After the Wedding
Crossing

LATER THAN YOU THINK
Finding the Falls
Origins of Desire
Port of Departure
School Days
Small Voyages
The Figure in the Window
Korean Pastoral
Later Than You Think
What Lasts

IN A TIME OF NEED
Lamentation in a Time of Need
Refuge
History of a Street
Running Together
Man in the Woods
Moment of Silence
The Kiss
Beyond the Garden Gate
On the Road
Restoration

LEAVE-TAKING
Harrowing the Field
Song for Sampson
The Old Orchard
An Ending
Leave-taking
Going to Glory
Shall I Compare Thee?
Serenade for a Flirt
Landfall
Anniversary
The Return of Strangers
A Momentary Stay
The Garden
My Father, Dying
Partial Correspondence
In the Country of Absence
Burial Space
Hunter's Moon
Making a Mask

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