Even as she reminds us that writing “doesn’t solve anything,” Potter is driven to chronicle “the years murmur[ing] their old tune” in this compilation of sonnets, extended narratives, and shifting invented forms. Her rushing lyric voice binds together the personal, cultural, and imaginative histories that create the inevitable complications of human character.
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About the Author
DAWN POTTER directs the Frost Place Conference on Poetry and Teaching held each summer at Robert Frost’s home in Franconia, New Hampshire. The author of three collections of poetry, she has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Potter sings and plays the fiddle with an acoustic band and lives in Harmony, Maine.
Table of Contents
Prologue: Driving Lesson
Spring on the Ripley Road
Blue in Green
After Twenty Years
No Day Is Safe from News of You
Shouting at Shakespeare
Letter to Will
Dog in Winter
Elegy for a One-Night Stand
Mrs. Dickinson Waits in the Car
Girls and Their Cats and Their Stories
The White Bear
The Fate of Captain Fetterman’s Command
Notes from a Traffic Jam
Epilogue: The Chariot
Notes & Acknowledgments
What People are Saying About This
“ “Driving” is the presiding conceit that shapes Dawn Potter’s new collection, Same Old Story, and what an exhilarating ride this is! From the mythos of antiquity, to fairytales, to nineteenth-century novels, to relief when “the plow guy” shows up on Valentine’s Day, in a world where “newsmen / chant wind-chill rates and hockey stats,” Potter marries the quotidian and the sublime pretty much line by line. That pairing is dictional, syntactical, rhythmical, and often conceptional as well, but always, always, the scope is sweeping and the affectin this reader’s experienceunparalleled. In her “Notes from a Traffic Jam,” the poet exclaims, “Oh, sometimes I fear I’ve lost the will to imagine / this comedy, this ugly beauty, this moving-picture world,” but Potter doesn’t have to imagine it. She sees it clearly, and how brilliantly she has shaped her craft to capture it and give it back to her readers illuminated and writ large. Potter’s sustained acts of synthesis and transformation are an astonishing achievement.
“Variously delightful in their strategies and shapes, the poems of Same Old Story know that merely examining life cannot make it worthy…”