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Family Matters: Poems of Our Families
     

Family Matters: Poems of Our Families

by Ann Smith (Editor), Larry Smith (Editor), Theodore Roethke (Contribution by), Denise Levertov (Contribution by), Audre Lorde (Contribution by)
 

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Poetry. Anthology. FAMILY MATTERS contains over 150 fine poems of families dealing with: Birth, Children, Couples, Parenting, Family Portraits, Family Life, Aging & Death. Featuring 100 poets, including: Robert Frost, Denise Levertov, Kenneth Patchen, Louise Bogan, Muriel Rukeyser, Galway Kinnell, James Wright, William Carlos Williams, Theodore Roethke, Li

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Poetry. Anthology. FAMILY MATTERS contains over 150 fine poems of families dealing with: Birth, Children, Couples, Parenting, Family Portraits, Family Life, Aging & Death. Featuring 100 poets, including: Robert Frost, Denise Levertov, Kenneth Patchen, Louise Bogan, Muriel Rukeyser, Galway Kinnell, James Wright, William Carlos Williams, Theodore Roethke, Li-Young Lee, Antler, Joy Harjo, Maggie Anderson, David Ray, Daryl Ngee Chinn, Jim Daniels, Gary Soto, Richard Garcia, Vivian Shipley, Irene McKinney, Hershman John, Peter Meinke, Lynn Powell, Susan Terris, Ron Wallace,Toshi Washizu, and 80 more!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780933087958
Publisher:
Bottom Dog Press
Publication date:
10/02/2005
Series:
Bottom Dog Press Harmony Series
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.50(d)

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PERHAPS THE WORLD ENDS HERE Joy Harjo

The world begins at a kitchen table. No matter what, we must eat to live.

The gifts of earth are brought and prepared, set on the table. So it has been since creation, and it will go on.

We chase chickens or dogs away from it. Babies teethe at the corners. They scrape their knees under it.

It is here that children are given instructions on what it means to be human. We make men at it, we make women.

At this table we gossip, recall enemies and the ghosts of lovers.

Our dreams drink coffee with us as they put their arms around our children. They laugh with us at our poor falling-down selves and as we put ourselves back together once again at the table.

This table has been a house in the rain, an umbrella in the sun.

Wars have begun and ended at this table. It is a place to hide in the shadow of terror. A place to celebrate the terrible victory.

We have given birth on this table, and have prepared our parents for burial here.

At this table we sing with joy, with sorrow. We pray of suffering and remorse. We give thanks.

Perhaps the world will end at the kitchen table, while we are laughing and crying, eating of the last sweet bite.

Meet the Author


Ann Smith grew up in a large, extended Italian-American family in Mingo Junction, Ohio. The family gathered around food. She now lives in Huron, Ohio, with her husband Larry. They have three grown children and four grandchildren and one grandchildren due by the publication of this book. Dr. Smith is a retired Professor from Medical University of Ohio in Toledo. She is a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Mental Health Nursing and provides family counseling in the Behavioral Medicine Department of Firelands Regional Medical Center. She also provides counseling, Therapeutic Touch, and Reiki at the Reiki and Counseling Center in Sandusky, Ohio. She has written several articles on family relationships in those families experiencing chronic pain and is currently researching the effects of Therapeutic Touch on arthritis of the knee.

Larry Smith was raised in a working-class family in the industrial Ohio Valley in Mingo Junction, Ohio. He received his masters and doctorate of literature from Kent State University. He and his wife Ann are the parents of three adult children and live along the shores of Lake Erie in Huron, Ohio. He has taught at Firelands College of Bowling Green State University since 1970, where he directs the Firelands Writing Center. He is editor-in-chief of Bottom Dog Press and is the author of six books of poetry, two fiction books, and literary biographies of Kenneth Patchen and Lawrence Ferlinghetti. His forthcoming book is A River Remains: Poems (Word Tech Press, 2006).

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