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Insomnia: Poems by Linda Pastan

Incandescent poems about living and aging—about being awake in this young century—by one of our most moving and eloquent poets.These poems chart the journeys of sleepless nights when whole lifetimes seem to pass with their stories: loves lost and gained; children and seasons in their phases; and the world beyond, both threatening and enriching life. The time before sleep acts as an invitation to reflect on the world's quieter movements—from gardens heavy after a first storm to the moon slipping into darkness in an eclipse—as well as on the subtle but relentless passage of time. Insomnia embodies Linda Pastan's graceful and iconic voice, both lucid and haunting.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393353754
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 03/28/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 784,818
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Linda Pastan's many awards include the Maurice English Award, the Radcliffe College Distinguished Alumni Award, and the 2003 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. The former poet laureate of Maryland, she is the author of fourteen books of poetry—the latest of which, Insomnia, won the Towson University Prize for Literature. She lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Table of Contents

1 Counting Sheep

Insomnia: 3 AM 17

Cosmology 18

Consider the Space between Stars 19

First Snow 20

The Gardener 21

Counting Sheep 22

Eclipse 24

Meteor Shower 25

Derecho 26

Root Ball 27

The Blackbirds 28

Dido and Aeneas 29

Cassandra 30

Before the Rains 32

In the Orchard 33

A Brief History of Hurricane Lee 34

Elegy 35

Late In October 36

After The Snow 37

2 Ship's Clock

Ship's Clock 41

The Poets 42

Gods' Man 43

And Evening 44

Remembering Stafford on his Centennial 45

Elizabethan 46

On Installing Anne Bradstreet in the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Poets' Corner 48

At the End of the 19Th Century 49

Flora 50

On the Road to Pompeii 51

Chaos Theory 52

Edward Hopper, Untitled 54

Adam and Eve, by Lucas Cranach the Elder, 1526 55

The Conservation of Matter 56

The Bridge 57

Repetitions 58

Exercise 60

3 Musings Before Sleep

Fireflies 63

In the Happo-En Garden, Tokyo 64

Imaginary Conversation 65

Love Poem Again 66

Sex Education 67

Commencement Address 68

Necklace 69

MRI 70

Course of Treatment 71

At The Edge 72

River Pig 73

Fingerprints 74

Old Joke 75

Ghosts 76

The Grandfathers 78

Choosing Sides 79

At Maho Bay 80

The Hired Mourner 81

AH, Friend 82

Last Rites 83

Musings Before Sleep 84

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