For the Scribe

For the Scribe

by David Wojahn


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For the Scribe, the ninth collection by award-winning poet David Wojahn, continues his explorations of the interstices between the public and the private, the historical and the personal. Poems of recollection and elegy commingle and conjoin with poems which address larger matters of historical and ecological import. The subjects of extinction and apocalypse figure prominently and obsessively in these pages, both in short lyrics and in several lengthy sequences. The poems also evidence the mastery of technique for which Wojahn is renowned, whether he is writing in fixed forms or in free verse. For the Scribe is the most ambitious and searching collection thus far from a poet who has been a named finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in poetry, winner of the Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets, the O. B. Hardison Award from the Folger Shakespeare Library, and the William Carlos Williams Book Award.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780822964544
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date: 02/15/2017
Series: Pitt Poetry Series
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 1,107,233
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

David Wojahn is professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University and also teaches in the MFA in Writing Program of the Vermont College of Fine Arts. He is the author of Spirit Cabinet, The Falling Hour, Late Empire, Mystery Train, Glassworks, Icehouse Lights, and Interrogation Palace, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Wojahn is the recipient of four Pushcart Prizes, the William Carlos Williams Book Award, the Carole Weinstein Poetry Prize, the George Kent Memorial Prize, and the O. B. Hardison Jr. Poetry Prize, among other honors. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Table of Contents


My Father's Soul Departing 5

Extinction Event: A Cache of Photos of the Last Ivory-Billed Woodpecker 7

Extinction Event: Two-Minute Film of the Last Tasmanian Tiger 10

Atahulpa 12

Bivalve 15

Briefe Historic of the Noose in the Colonic of Virginia 18

Give Orange Me Give Eat Orange Me Eat Orange Give Me Eat Orange Give Me You 28

Can is Familiar us 31


Elegy: Robot Folding Laundry 37

Absolute Rhythm 39

For the Scribe Gar.Una of Uruk, 3,000 BC 42

Nineteen Eleven Blues 45

Extinction Event: Decoy Birds 50

Study Skins 53

Sinatra: The Concert at Pompeii, 1991 56

Body Politic: To Ezra Pound in Purgatory 59

Anniversary Poem 69


Extinction Event: Catawba Cotton Mill, 1908 73

In the Attic 76

Chalk Line 78

Ichor 82

Concerning Pan 85

Extinction Event: The Book of Revelation as Interpreted by Link Wray 88

Occupy 91

Watching Fox News on the Holiday of Martin Luther King Jr. 92

Jefferson Composing His Bible 102

Sclera 104

Lorme Niedecker: The Only Recording, 1970 106

Ode to Fox P2 109

Notes 113

Acknowledgments 117

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