From These Earthly Parts

From These Earthly Parts

by Peggy Whiteneck

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Overview

Earthly....earthy....down to earth. Peggy Rose Whiteneck's first poetry collection,From These Earthly Parts, is the work of a woman not only rooted in earth, but bathed in its mysteries. That strong sense of being grounded is also reflected in her philosophy of crafting poems: "I want my work to be accessible to all kinds of people and to connect deeply with the truths of their own experience - whether or not they've ever had the particular experiences described in specific poems. Maybe I'm swimming against the tide of literary opinion that assumes poetry is supposed to be esoteric and inscrutable, but I still believe a poem's first mission is to communicate - and to do so for as broad an audience as it can reach." Peggy was born in Massachusetts and raised on a farm in New Hampshire. She has lived in Maryland, Virginia, and Florida and has traveled to Guatemala, Ecuador, Peru, and France. She now lives and works in Vermont and calls it home.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780978694852
Publisher: Old Line Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 03/01/2009
Edition description: OLD LINE PUBLISHING
Pages: 75
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Peggy was born in Massachusetts and raised on a farm in New Hampshire. She has lived in Maryland, Virginia, and Florida and has traveled to Guatemala, Ecuador, Peru, and France. She now lives and works in Vermont and calls it home.

Read an Excerpt

Tending the Fields at the Towers Farm

Frogs bounce
rubber-band
boink upon
trampoline pond.
Sounds like one
string plucked on
ever-tuning banjo.
Banged note.
Plunk.

Crows crowd
caw across
creeping gray
blanket sprawl
on murkened oaks.
Dawn-dusk alarm
clocks mocking
mockers' attack
shuck off.

Fluorescence floats
flicker on nightfall,
flits glinting
glimpse in gaps
of burning bush.
Breeze flutters
dinky bulb's blip
brighting by.
Fire flies.

Table of Contents

Home in Vermont

Mud Season 8
Restoring the Ruined Homestead 9
We've Always Had Terrorists 10
What a Summer Day Does for an Encore 11
Tending the Fields at the Towers Farm 12
Life Cycle of a Farm Truck 14
The Second Stage of Autumn 15
Behind the Trees 16
A Sense of Place 18

Animal Instinct

Names for an Edible Cat 22
Chance Encounter 23
Spotted Fawn 24
The Gerasene Pig Farmer 26
Church Cat 27
Ornithologic Erotica 28
Cats Don't Come from These Earthly Parts 30
Hoof and Mouth 31
Did It Come to That 34

Nuts in the Batter

Recipe 38
Nuts in the Batter 39
Behind the Passive Aggressive Behind the Wheel 40
Renters 41
All Speak Well of Her 43
Stalker 44
Middle Child 45
Clusters' Last Stand 47
Snake Oil 48

Rehearsing for the Change

Rehearsing for the Change 52
Bad Back (1) 54
Bad Back (2) 55
Gym Class 56
Interstitial Season 58
If Farmhouse Walls Could Talk 59
Peak 60
Time in Latin America 61
Last Call for the Anawim 62

Nevertheless

Fortune, Cookie! 66
Federal Execution, June 11, 2001 67
Least in the Kingdom 68
Airport Pickup 69
W.C. Williams Was Right 70
Leaving My Mother 71
Wild Leeks 72
Leaning on Fences 74
Nevertheless

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