The Grace of Necessity available in Paperback
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- Carnegie-Mellon University Press
For the past 25 years Samuel Green has lived on a tiny island only four square miles in size populated by fewer than a hundred people. The island has no regular phone service, no electricity, no stores. These poems are informed by the lessons Green has learned living in a small rural community where loss and grief have immediate effects, and where love, meaningful work, intimate daily engagement with the natural world, and fidelity to “the art of the marginal” offer a way forward.
About the Author
SAMUEL GREEN has lived nearly all his life in the Pacific Northwest. He joined the U.S. Coast Guard at 17, and saw service first in Antarctica, and then in South Vietnam. Later he earned his M.A. in English from Western Washington University through the Veterans Vocational Rehabilitation Program. He has been a visiting poet at colleges in Utah, Wyoming, and Washington, most recently at Seattle University, teaching winter quarters in Seattle, and summer quarters in Ireland. His poems have appeared in Poet & Critic, Poetry, Poetry Northwest, Poetry East, Prairie Schooner, Southern Poetry Review, and many other journals. For the past two dozen years, Green has lived in a hand-built log house on a tiny, remote island, where he and his wife, Sally, are publishers of the award-winning Brooding Heron Press.
Table of Contents
WORKING IN THE DARK Miserere: That We Might Keep Her Present Among Us • Cemetery Work Bee • Grave Digging • Winter Solstice, 1997 • White Fir in Snow • Laying Stone • The Work That Is Given • What the Fisherman Knows • Bearing the Word • Nearly Automatic Writing: Testimony of My Great Grandmother • On Board the Sea Lassie, Summer, 1944 • Wood Splitting • Teaching My Son to Kill • At Least the Rabbits • Grubs • Skates, West Beach Resort • Children, Waking • What's Brought Back • For Hayden, Ill DAILY PRACTICE, 2001-2002 Aug. 26/Aug. 30 • Sept. 8/Sept. 9 • Sept. 11/Sept. 12 • Sept. 14/Sept. 16 • Sept. 18/Sept. 19 • Sept. 23/Sept. 27 • Sept. 28/Oct. 1 • Oct. 2/Oct. 8 • Oct. 9/Oct. 12 • Oct. 13/Oct. 16 • Oct. 17/Oct. 18 • Oct. 26/Oct. 30 • Nov. 2/Nov. 7 • Nov. 17/Dec. 5 • Dec. 6/Dec. 17 • Dec. 19/Feb. 15 • March 21/March 26 • March 31/April 9 •April 10/April 11 • April 12/April 13 • April 14/April 19 • April 20/April 21 • April 24/April 27 • May 5/May 7 • May 8/May 13 • June 3/June 5 • June 6/June 9 • June 12/June 17 • June 19/June 29 • July 11/July 22 THE ONLY TIME WE HAVE At the Pond's Edge • Winter Bath • When the True Beloved Goes • Some Things You Missed While You Were Away • Barred Owl's Call • February Song • Psalm • Apologia • Some Reasons Why I Became a Poet • Ars Poetica I • Ars Poetica II: Blade on Bone • Ars Poetica III: A Neighbor Talks about Building Houses • If You Had to • Scripsit • Abraham • Night Dive • Getting By: Winter, 1984-85 • Bird in the Bush • Finding a Wren's Nest • Rhyme: Putting an Edge on Things • Sharpening • Picking Off the Egg Cases • Notes on "Mole Greeting the Sun" • Old Man Folding a Kerchief in the Supermarket
What People are Saying About This
"Samuel Green's poems, like his life, fall naturally, smoothly, and uniquely into his days. They are a calendar of events in nature. And it is worth remembering that events, whatever else they may be, are always thoughts, and nature is always the world. Green's language, as clear and direct as any scientific discourse, is charged nevertheless with the intricate force of meaning and personality. These poems cherish us even while we are cherishing them. Read them, and you will see."
"'The shudder of exact description'throughout this book of days, Samuel Green both knows it, and tests it further, knowing that the earth's fierce actualities yield themselves only to a vision that has been pressed into feeling as an olive is pressed into oil. With the steady, alert application of awake attention, Green brings to these compressed accountings of labor, of love, of the wide community of shared existence, the full measure of both the world's exactitude and its splendor. I commend to you this warm-hearted and full-seeing volume."
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Samuel Green, the poet laureate of Washington State, is a splendid poet, and this new book continues his terrific work. This is partly a book of poetic days, partly a meditation on death and grief, partly observations on life in ordinary time, partly a celebration of love, entirely crafted by a master of attentiveness. Green is able to capture the piercing, crystal moment and make us see it in a new way -- which is surely the gift of a master poet. Much of his work reflects the life he and his wife Sally have lived for the past he past 25 years on remote Waldron Island off the Washington coast in a log house he built himself. What a wonderful place it must be. I can't recommend his work highly enough. Enjoy.