Sometimes a Great Notion

Sometimes a Great Notion

by David Donnell

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ISBN-13: 9781551995762
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
Publication date: 05/20/2014
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 104
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

David Donnell’s books of poetry include Settlements, winner of the Governor General’s Award, China Blues, winner of the City of Toronto Book Award, Dancing in the Dark, and, most recently, Sometimes a Great Notion. His poetry has been widely anthologized in Canada and the U.S. He teaches and lives in Toronto.

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“America is just too large,” she says,
we are
standing on the Williamsburg Bridge,

we are in love at this moment & she is wearing a loose
orange knit jersey dress with bare shoulders
& running shoes

I am leaning on my elbows looking down at the muddy
& I am thinking
about Chas. Ives & how he changed American music forever
& about Raymond Chandler’s novels
& about Maria Muldaur singing “Midnight at the Oasis”

& she is gesturing at what I’m not completely sure.

I’m ecstatic at this moment & I want to fly to California
for a few days. She’s restless,
& has beautiful ankles.

Her father was in the restaurant equipment business
in Chicago. She is never happy.

From Sometimes a Great Notion by David Donnell.

Copyright© 2004 by David Donnell

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