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Family Gathering

Family Gathering

by Fred Chappell

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Though the extended family has given way to the nuclear family, for some folks the extended family lives and thrives. In this new collection, Chappell (Spring Garden; The World Between the Eyes) reveals the security and intimacy afforded by an extended family, in which each member "recognizes what we are, yet holds us in affection." The speaker of the poems is an observer, recording "the buzz and stutter,/ Rasp and rattle of family" that unfold around him. Formal in design, the poems use rhyme and off rhyme effectively; the regular rhythms change tempo to avoid monotony, and strong imagery appears throughout. While not presenting a continuous story line, the witty poems in this volume do disclose a family and all of its secrets, quirks, traditions, conflicts, victories, births, and deaths. Readers are carried "downstream in time, gesticulating, shouting,/ alarmed by a force you never knew before." Highly recommended for public and academic libraries.--Tim Gavin, Episcopal Acad., Merion, PA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\

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Louisiana State University Press
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Fred Chappell 's many books of poetry include Spring Garden, The World Between the Eyes, Midquest, and Source. He is also the author of eight novels. A recipient of the Bollingen Prize and the Aiken Taylor Prize, Chappell lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife, Susan.

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