Practicing the World

Practicing the World

by Judith Sornberger
Practicing the World

Practicing the World

by Judith Sornberger


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The delights and conflicts of a loving marriage are revealed as the poet’s husband is diagnosed with cancer and dies, all within months. Yet the present moment—birds at the feeder, creatures wild and domestic, dancing with her husband in the kitchen, and arguing hilariously about the afterlife—shimmers with life.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781933880693
Publisher: CavanKerry Press
Publication date: 05/01/2018
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

JUDITH SORNBERGER’s poetry collections include Open Heart and Wal-Mart Orchid. Her spiritual travelogue The Accidental Pilgrim: Finding God and His Mother in Tuscany is from Shanti Arts Publications. As professor of English at Mansfield University of Pennsylvania, she created the Women’s Studies Program and taught writing before her recent retirement. She lives on the side of a mountain in north-central Pennsylvania with her cat Billy Bob, her dog Birdie, enjoying frequent visits from bobcats, bear, and deer.

Table of Contents


Happy Hour 3

The Connagh 5

Silent Night 6

Stepping Out 8

Grievance 10

Annunciation, the Rockies 11

Flirting with Dogs 13

You Couldn't Believe as I Did 14

Beneath the Sugar Maple, Late October 16

All Hallows' Eve 17

The Widow's Doll 18

Echo, Late Winter 19

Lapland Dance 20


Making Love 25

Rescued Dress 26

Widow in Late May 28

The Rose 29

Home Repair 30

Grief Is Not a Dog 31

Warning 32

Two Panes 33

Answering Machine 35

Late January 36

Still Life 37

Monument 38

Last Movie Date 39


Midlife Bedtime Story 43

Ghost Cat 44

The New Place 46

Initiation 49

Waiting for Your Lab Results 50

Stage 2, Maybe Stage 3 51

Way Station 52

My Husband's First Pumpkin Patch 54

Leaving The Cancer Center, Late October 55

Prayer In The Week Before Surgery 56

The Chemo Waiting Room 57

The Cancer Center Garden 58

After-chemo Blues 59

This Autumn Morning Arrays Itself 60

Slow Dance With Broken Shoulder 61

Watching You Test Your Blood Sugar 62

Theology 63

Anniversary Sestina 65

Coda: Three Autumns after Your Death 69

Acknowledgments 71

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