A powerful new volume from the National Book Award finalist that demonstrates how the lyric is essentially elegiac.
Whether addressing the deaths of friends and other poets or celebrating the closing of the day and the autumn of the seasons, Against Sunset reveals Stanley Plumly at his most personal and intimate. As much an homage to the rich tradition of the Romantics as it is a meditation on memory itself, these poems live at the edges of disappearances.
From “Against Sunset”
The horizon, halfway disappeared between above and below
night falls too or does it also rise out of the death-glitter of water?
And if night is the long straight path of the full moon pouring down
on the face of the deep, what makes us wish we could walk there,
like a flat skipped stone?
|Publisher:||Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
Stanley Plumly (19392019) authored ten books of poetry and four works of nonfiction, including Elegy Landscapes, Posthumous Keats, and The Immortal Evening. Winner of the Truman Capote Award and the Paterson Poetry Prize, among others, Plumly was Maryland's poet laureate from 2009 to 2018 and taught at the University of Maryland where he founded the graduate program in creative writing.
Table of Contents
Dutch Elm 3
Brown Fields 4
With Deborah in Amherst 7
Love Poem 11
Variation on a Line From Elizabeth Bishop's "Five Flights Up" 12
Terminal Insomnia 13
Jack Gilbert 15
Crashing at Bill's After My Class at NYU, Two Bottles of Italian Red, Real Stilton and Some Brie and Almost Stale Saltines 17
Mortal Acts 18
To Autumn 20
Red Brick 25
My Noir 27
The Sleeping Dogs of Erice 32
Travel in the Afterlife 34
Nineteen Species of Sandpipers - Sibley 35
Thanking Friends for the Art of Ornithology 40
Shelley's Arrogance 41
Paul Guest Addresses his Apple with a Stylus 43
Aspects of the Novel 47
Early Nineteenth-Century English Poetry Walks 48
Too Broad a Brush the Field Guide to the Natural World of Washington, D.C. 63
Limited Sight Distance 66
Interrogating Matthew 5-8 73
Within The Hour 74
Lost Then Found Photograph of My Parents 75
At the Picture Window 76
A Moment for Maurice Sendak 79
Against Sunset 82