In My Unknowing: Poems

In My Unknowing: Poems

by Chard deNiord

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In his new poetry collection, Chard deNiord explores the paradoxical nature of unknowing.


I wept with joy above the river.
I wept with sorrow above the river.
My tears were clear, both sweet and bitter.
One leaf cried out to another,
“Empty me today of all my color.
Fill me tomorrow with a shot of sugar.”
This was the still ritual for my feet:
To stand on the earth that took of earth earth with ill and sing.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780822987536
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date: 03/16/2020
Series: Pitt Poetry Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 96
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Chard deNiord is cofounder of the New England College MFA program in poetry. He is the author of the poetry collections Asleep in the FireSharp Golden ThornNight MowingThe Double Truth, and Interstate. His book Sad Friends, Drowned Lovers, Stapled Songs is a collection of interviews with American poets. His second collection of interviews with poets is I Would Lie to You if I Could: Interviews with Ten American Poets.

Table of Contents

Contents I In My Unknowing Weatherman Night Walk I Wept with Joy above the River Poet Dispatch from Putney II The Widow Then There Reception On Encountering a Friend with Little Time at the Walpole Inn To the End Grief Is the River with a Foreign Name The Lake Elegy III Dumuzi in Bliss Dumuzi’s Wound Dumuzi in Grief Ghost with Cigarette Wrestler’s Lament IV Children of Aleppo Buzz The Day Inquisition in the Kitchen of Dorothy Day Letter to the President from a Citizen, August 19, 2019 Checklist V At the Sleep Clinic VI Drive-In Sex Is Goddess of Maple Swimming Hole Stag’s Reprieve Layover How It Went, My Heart Shepherd Testimony VII Dream of Heaven The Beavers Vesper Sunday Drive Gerald Stern, Sappho, and Anonymous in Provincetown, June 29, 1995 Jefferson’s Baths Where and How Blood Was Made Return as Ticket In the Garden Frog Pond Maraca Acknowledgments

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