From Now On: New and Selected Poems, 1970-2015

From Now On: New and Selected Poems, 1970-2015

by Clarence Major

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780820347967
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Publication date: 04/01/2015
Pages: 360
Sales rank: 1,071,705
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

CLARENCE MAJOR is a prizewinning poet, painter, and novelist. He is the author of thirteen previous books of poetry. As a finalist for a National Book Award he won a bronze medal for his book Configurations: New and Selected Poems, 1958–1998. Among other awards he is also the recipient of a National Council on the Arts Award, a New York Cultural Foundation Award, and the Stephen Henderson Poetry Award for Outstanding Achievement, all three for poetry. His poetry has appeared in hundreds of anthologies and periodicals, in English and in foreign languages. He is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of California at Davis.

Table of Contents

Foreword Yusef Komunyakaa xi

A Note on the Early Poems xv

Acknowledgments xvii

From Swallow the Lake (1970)

Abbreviation of the Blues 3

Air 4

Blind Old Woman 5

Longlegs 6

Segregated Self 7

Something Is Eating Me Up Inside 9

From Private Line (1971)

A Mother's Pride 13

Private Line 14

Rock Music USA 15

From Symptoms and Madness (1971)

Picnic 19

Dream 20

The Backyard Smelled of Deodorant 21

Conflict 22

Not This-This Here! 23

This Temple 24

Holy Ghost Woman 25

Theater 26

The Distance between Tomorrow and Me 27

Float Up 28

My People Are in Centers 29

The Rose and Satisfaction 30

From The Cotton Club (1972)

1915 Interior 33

1919 34

In the Interest of Personal Appearance 35

Ladies Day 1902 36

The Bust 37

Like Family 38

Quick History of an Untarnished Sad Moment in Time 39

Rig 40

From The Syncopated Cakewalk (1974)

Bruce and Nina 43

Outpost 44

H 45

The Ground 46

I Depart Some Months for Whole Areas 47

Law Magic 48

The High Purpose 49

Doodle 50

Gothic Westchester 51

Her Emotional Nature 52

Zigzag Patterns 53

Mountain Man 54

Old Car 55

Queen Pamunkey 56

The Jefferson Company 57

The Other End of the Land 58

American Setup 59

Cadillac 64

From Inside Diameter: The France Poems (1985)

Beaulieu 71

Bouquet for Lovers 72

Inside Diameter 73

Losing Control at Nice 75

Over Drinks at Cafe au Charbonnage 76

In the City of Motorbikes 77

Last Days in France 78

Selected Moments in France 79

From Surfaces and Masks (1988)

III, VI, XI, XVI XX, XXVI, XXIX, XXXII, XXXIV, XXXVIII, XXXIX, XL, XLI, XLII, XLIV 83

From Some Observations of a Stranger at Zuni in the Latter Part of the Century (1989)

Some Observations of a Stranger at Zuni in the Latter Part of the Century 113

Glossary 145

From Parking Lots (1992)

Parking Lots 153

From Configurations: New and Selected Poems 1958-1998 (1998)

Round Midnight 161

Love against Death 164

Train Stop 167

Un Poco Loco 170

No Time for Self-Pity 174

September Mendocino 175

Brief Visit to Venice 179

Drawing from Life 180

The Slave Trade: View from the Middle Passage 182

Bernardston 191

Frenzy 199

Bricks and Sleep 201

The Apple-Maggot Fly 203

From Waiting for Sweet Betty (2002)

Waiting for Sweet Betty 207

In My Own Language 209

Unknown Presence 210

Mendocino 212

Photograph of a Gathering of People Waving 213

From the Train Window Going and Coming 215

Gathering Mushrooms: Cambria 216

An Eighteenth-Century Moment 217

From Myself Painting (2008)

The Red Bench 223

Plein Air 224

Windows and Women 226

The Young Doctor (1916) 228

East Lansing, Michigan 230

Black Snake Blues 231

Difficult Pose 233

When the Model Does Not Show 235

Three 237

In Search of a Motif for Expressive Female Figuration 240

From Down and Up (2013)

Down and Up 251

Evening Newspaper 253

Father 254

The Rope 255

At The Movies 257

New Poems (2015)

Plein Air 261

Inside Outside (Again) 262

On the Beach 263

Leisure Dilemma 264

Alchemy 265

Holiday at the Beach 266

Waiting for the Storm 267

Ancestor Land 268

Shop or Store 269

Summer Visit 270

Morandi 271

Ava 272

Facebook 274

Mirror, Mirror 275

Domestic Agenda 276

Today's War 277

War and Its Effects 278

Water and Sand 280

Noon 281

The Moon 282

The Seasons 284

From Now On 287

Faith 288

After Light 289

Bitterroot 290

The Vegetable King 291

Hooray! 292

Wild Music 293

The Convex Mirror 295

Symbolism of Chains 296

As with Molly's Yeses 298

We Were All There 299

Dog Fight 300

Classified Notes 301

The Knot 302

On the Road Back 305

Long Avenue and River Street 306

The Sometime Difficulty with Teaching 307

Two Double Burgers 309

A Battlefield 311

Nancy's Nanny Goat 313

The Art of Confessional Poetry 315

The Green Monkey 317

Horses Don't Care 319

Dragons 321

Quicksand 323

The Chipmunk and the Hawk 324

Faith, Hope, and Charity 326

Onion 328

The Invisible 331

Always 333

The Things You Hear 334

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