Darkened Rooms of Summer: New and Selected Poems

Darkened Rooms of Summer: New and Selected Poems

Darkened Rooms of Summer: New and Selected Poems

Darkened Rooms of Summer: New and Selected Poems


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For nearly half a century Jared Carter has been quietly mapping the American heartland. Line by line, his poetry has shown us the landscape, sounded the voices, conjured the music, and tested the silence of the ever-changing and yet ever-constant Midwest that figures so prominently in the American story. And yet what we find in Carter’s poetry is endlessly new. Here, in poems selected from his first five books, is the summer-long buzz of the cicada and the crack of the cue ball, the young rebel on his big Harley, and the YMCA secretary who backstrokes her way across the indoor pool. Here, too, are thirty new poems in fixed form that illustrate Carter’s continued quest for a poetry of “universal interest.” Taken together, these selections are, truly, poetry in the American grain.

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ISBN-13: 9780803253858
Publisher: Nebraska Paperback
Publication date: 03/01/2014
Series: Ted Kooser Contemporary Poetry
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 192
File size: 777 KB

About the Author

Jared Carter lives in Indiana. He has received the Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets, the Poets’ Prize, a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and two literary fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction Ted Kooser xv

From Work, for the Night Is Coming 1981

Geodes 3

Early Warning 4

For Jack Chatham 5

The Madhouse 6

Walking the Ties 8

Glacier 9

Mississinewa County Road 10

The Oddfellows' Waiting Room at Glencove Cemetery 11

The Undertaker 12

Monument City 14

Work, for the Night Is Coming 15

At the Sign-Painter's 16

Turning the Brick 18

Landing the Bees 19

The Measuring 20

Ginseng 22

Shaking the Peonies 25

Birdstone 26

From After the Rain 1993

After the Rain 29

Phoenix 30

The Gleaning 34

Scryer 36

The Shriving 37

Mississinewa Reservoir at Winter Pool 40

The Purpose of Poetry 41

Poem Written on a Line from the Walain Olum 42

Foundling 44

Barn Siding 46

Cicadas 64

Interview 65

Drawing the Antique 66

For an Old Flame 68

Portrait Studio 69

Cecropia Moth 70

Seed Storm 71

Galleynipper 72

Changeling 74

Mourning Doves 75

The Believers 76

For Starr Atkinson, Who Designed Books 78

From Les Barricades Mystérieuses 1999

Improvisation 81

Summons 82

Candle 83

Berceuse 84

Ditchweed 85

Cemetery 86

Interlude 87

Ford 88

Millefiori 89

Clavichord 90

Tankroom 91

Phosphorescence 92

Palimpsest 93

Labyrinth 94

Linen 95

Reprise 96

Hawkmoth 97

Comet 98

From Cross this Bridge at a Walk 2006

Covered Bridge 101

Visit 116

Recollections of a Contingent of Coxey's Army Passing through Straughn, Indiana, in April of 1894 119

Spirea 121

Picking Stone 126

From A Dance in the Street 2012

Prophet Township 133

Summit 136

Roadside Crosses 138

Fire Burning in a 55-Gallon Drum 139

In the Warehouse District 140

In the Military Park 141

The Pool at Noon 142

Plastic Sack 145

Wind Egg 146

Hidden Door 148

Cicadas in the Rain 149

Sphinx 150

War 151

At the Art Institute 152

Mourning Dove Ascending 155

Up in Michigan 156

Blank Paper 158

Under the Snowball Bush 160

Snow 162

What Is Dream? 164

New Poems

Clouds 167

Schoolhouse 168

Dryad 169

Awakening 170

Homestead 171

Gone 172

Web 173

Etruria 174

Boleyn 175

Vow 176

Cross-harp 177

Torc 178

Ariadne 179

Poetry 180

Perseus 181

Twilight 182

Question 183

Polyxena 184

Graveyard 185

Achilles 186

Mourning 187

Philoctetes 188

Adultery 189

Treadwheel 190

Priestess 191

Moth 192

Journeyman 193

Visitor 194

Prescription 195

Evergreen 196

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