New and Collected Poems: 1975-2015

New and Collected Poems: 1975-2015

by Jay Parini


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A new book, the first in over a decade, from acclaimed poet Jay Parini

This volume revolves around his deep connection to nature and underlines his concerns about the impacts of pollution and climate change. In these beautiful, haunting poems, Parini writes about the landscapes of mining country, of the railroads of Pennsylvania, of farm country, of worlds lost and families dispersed. He explores faith and how it is tested. He limns the deepest crevices of the human heart and soul. He surprises and moves us.

In addition to a complete volume’s worth of new work, called West Mountain Epilogue, offering more than fifty poems never before published in any form, Parini has collected the very best work from his previous four volumes, the poems, as he tells us, “written in the past forty years that I wish to stand by.’

Lavishly and deservingly praised over the decades for his work as an essayist, critic, biographer, novelist, and, especially, poet, Parini shines as never before in this generous volume.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807089033
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 03/28/2017
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Jay Parini is a poet, novelist, biographer, and critic. His five books of poetry include Anthracite Country and House of Days. He has written eight novels, including Benjamin’s Crossing, The Apprentice Lover, The Passages of H.M., and The Last Station—the last was made into an Academy Award-nominated film starring Helen Mirren and Christopher Plummer. Parini has written biographies of John Steinbeck, Robert Frost, William Faulkner, and, most recently, Gore Vidal. His nonfiction works include Jesus: The Human Face of God, Why Poetry Matters, and Promised Land: Thirteen Books That Changed America.

Table of Contents

Author’s Note


The Language of Mines
Spring Snow
Over the River
West Mountain Epilogue
A Knock at Midnight
His Morning Meditations
Snowday in Pittston
A Dream of Stones
Lackawanna Rail
A Night in the Field
Happy Hour
In the Library After Hours
Some Effects of Global Warming in Lackawanna County
Below Zero
The Language of Mines

The Grammar of Affection
Historiography 101
The Grammar of Affection
To Ezra Pound
Song and Skin
Unpatriotic Gore
The Lost Poems
Toward a Poetics of the Next Generation
Poem with Allusions
Lend an Ear
Revolutionary Days
Bitch My Tongue
At the Opening
Ars Poetica
Woman by the Way
The Interruption of Summer
A Single Page

Ordinary Time
Heat Lightning
Sisters of No Mercy
Aristotle in the Middle Ages
The Poor at Heart
The Dissolution
Ordinary Time
God’s Operation on Adam
The Insomniac Thinks of God
Dead Reckoning
Lament of the Middle Man
Spring Burials
Eternal Tailor
Do Lord Remember
Old Frogs

from THE ART OF SUBTRACTION (1998-2005)

After the Terror
The Prophets
The Lost Soldiers
Occupied Country
Sleeping Through the Storm
Listening to the BBC World Service Late at Night
The President Eats Breakfast Alone
Fish-Eye View
High School
Family Reunion
Covenant in April
Old Teams
The Broken Neck
The Trees Are Gone
Borges in Scotland
Power Stations
Near Old Meldrum, After a Funeral
The Crucifixion
Late Thoughts
The Art of Subtraction

from HOUSE OF DAYS (1989-1998)

Stars Falling
Swimming After Thoughts
Rain Before Nightfall
The Lake House in Autumn
Willow Song
The Discipline of Seeing
A Killing Frost
Who Owns the Land?
Nature Revisited
House of Days
The Lost Scent
At School
Keyser Valley: 1963
To My Father in Late September
The Crow-Mother Tells All
The Small Ones Leave Us
New Morning
House on Fire
The Ruined House
A Conversation in Oxford
Good Friday in Amalfi
Still Life
Near Pitlochry
I Was There

from TOWN LIFE (1983-1988)

The Mariner
The Visitors
Goodnight, Goodnight
In the Sphere of Common Duty
Reading Through the Night
Skiing Home at Dusk
Town Life
Suburban Swamp
The Function of Winter
A Lost Topography
Passing Through Vermont on Three Martinis
Portrait of the Artist as an Old Man
Portrait of the Artist Underground
Divine Parameters
Solstice, Entering Capricorn
This Kampuchea
At the Ice Cream Parlor
Grandmother in Heaven
At the Ruined Monastery in Amalfi

from ANTHRACITE COUNTRY (1975-1982)

The Sabine Farm
Beginning the World
Walking the Trestle
Playing in the Mines
The Missionary Visits Our Church in Scranton
The Miner’s Wake
Coal Train
Snake Hill
Working the Face
The Lackawanna at Dusk
Anthracite Country
The Rain School
The Salt Lick
Learning to Swim
The Sea Lily
Amores (After Ovid)
In the Meadow
Seasons of the Skin
Swimming in Late September
Winter of the Dog
This Scrying
To His Dear Friend, Bones
Her Sadness
After the Summer Heroes
This Reaping
Skater in Blue
Summer People
Black Week
Illimitable Kingdom
Near Aberdeen
High Gannet

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