New and Selected Poems

New and Selected Poems

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ISBN-13: 9781611173222
Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
Publication date: 03/14/2014
Series: Palmetto Poetry Series
Pages: 136
Sales rank: 1,275,657
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author


Marjory Wentworth, South Carolina poet laureate and five-time Pushcart Prize nominee, is the author of three collections of verse, the children's book Shackles (2009 Silver Medal winner in the Moonbeam Children's Book Awards), and Taking a Stand: The Evolution of Human Rights (with Juan E. Mendez). She is coeditor with Kwame Dawes of Seeking: Poetry and Prose Inspired by the Art of Jonathan Green (University of South Carolina Press). Wentworth teaches at the Art Institute of Charleston, and she is the president and cofounder of the Lowcountry Initiative for the Literary Arts.

Poet Carol Ann Davis is author of Psalm and Atlas Hour and an assistant professor of English at Fairfield University.

Table of Contents

Foreword xiii

From Noticing Eden, 2003

In the Dream of the Sea 3

Barrier Island 5

Carolina Umbra 6

Wild Plums 8

The Nest of Stars 9

Beach Walk 10

Lament 12

Toward the Sea 14

Hurricane Season 15

How the Yellow Angels Hunger 17

Core Banks, North Carolina 20

Findhorn 21

The Color of Rain 23

River 24

Irises 26

Bamboo 27

The Unkempt Garden 28

Homecoming 29

The Coming Light 31

Near the Doorway 33

From Despite Gravity, 2007

Tangled 37

Linthong 38

Sand 41

Strip Search 43

Dancing Barefoot in Atlanta 44

The Last Night 45

Apparent Tranquility 47

Slate 48

Sierra Snow 50

The Sound of Snow 51

Newlyweds 52

A Normal Life 53

Japanese Landscape 55

Spring 56

On All Sides Water 58

Sandur 60

Despite Gravity 61

From The Endless Repetition of an Ordinary Miracle, 2010

What Shines 65

What If 66

What Passes 67

What Remains 68

Old Burial Hill 69

Charleston Rooftops 71

Boat People 73

In Gaza's Berry Fields 75

Nocturne 2006 77

What the Shrine Wants 79

Illuminata 80

Nothing Can Contain You 82

Pine Pitch 83

Spaghetti 85

My Quaker Grandmothers 87

Stillborn 89

Annunciation 90

Seeking 92

Spring Island, South Carolina 93

New Poems

Family Reunion 97

The Christmas Apron 99

Corene 100

Easter Worry 101

Intersection Where the Rain Begins 102

Where a Mirage Has Once Been, Life Must Be 103

When All the Branches Overlap 104

A Place for You 105

The Weight It Takes 107

As Dreams Unwind 109

The Top of the World 110

Daybreak, John's Island, South Carolina 112

Snow in the South 113

Forgotten 115

In Sorrow and Sunlight 116

The Art of Memory 117

Winter Light 119

February Triptych 120

The Stones Beneath Our Feet 121

Summer Dirge 122

Undertow 123

Counting Scars 124

Brainstorming 127

A Sisyphean Task 129

A Monstrous Terrible Story 130

Rain Coming From a Bright Sky 134

The Philosophy of Gardening 137

Manacles 139

Louisiana's Disappearing Chains 141

Teen Wears Pet Bird Like a Hat 143

Runaway Cow Tracked Down in Germany 144

Police Say Roving Cows Drank Backyard Brews 146

The Way Sound Travels 147

In My Light Year 148

Notes and Acknowledgments 151

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