Out of the Ruins: Poems by William Johnson

Out of the Ruins: Poems by William Johnson

by William Johnson



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Out of the Ruins: Poems by William Johnson by William Johnson

Bill Johnson's poems recreate his world in the Pacific Northwest where wild rivers, steelhead, moose, and lightning are common sights. Whether beholding the Northern Lights, painting the trim on his house, or staring into a high meadow where the dark shape of a bear lumbers through patches of late melting snow, Johnson pledges his allegiance to the indescribable joy we find in creation. He uses even the most homely objects in his poems--a worn out pair of work boots, a collapsed barn--to embody the past and unite it with the present. In doing so, he leads us out of the ruins along the path to love and redemption.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781881090311
Publisher: Confluence Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/01/2010
Series: Poetry Ser.
Pages: 60
Product dimensions: 5.97(w) x 8.97(h) x 0.31(d)

About the Author

F. William Johnson is a retired Anderson, Indiana, General Motors product engineering manager who introduced the lighter weight, lower cost plastics and the unique retracting headlamps in many automotive applications. He has written many magazine articles including the award-winning Bottoming Out, in Reminisce Magazine. A native of Martinsville, Indiana, and a graduate of Wabash College, Crawfordsville, Indiana, he now lives in Ft. Myers, Florida.

Table of Contents

I.Northern Lights
Stopping at an Abandoned Farm3
Morning Work4
Northern Lights5
Fort Wright Bridge6
Root Cellar8
My Father's Work10
Girl and Barn: A Photograph, 193111
Terminal Ice12
Letter from Arlington13
II.Painting the Trim
New Year's Eve17
Floating the Salmon River18
Bear in Fog19
My Daughter's Song20
At Dworshak Dam21
Burning the Raspberry Canes24
At Sheep Lake During the GulfWar26
Painting the Trim27
On Finding a Snapshot of My Children28
III.Obsequy for the End of the Century
On the Palouse32
A Japanese Fisherman on the Henry's Fork33
Chinese Ruins on the Salmon34
Icefishing on Lost Valley Reservoir35
Obsequy for the End of the Century39
The Salmon40
A Pulling41
Black Lead Mountain43
Suicide Race44
In Mountain Lightning45
IV.Out of the Ruins
Late Autumn Run50
The Elm52
Out of the Ruins53
At Fishtrap55
Dragging Bottom57
Paring My Mother's Nails59
Wildrose Cemetery60

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