Spokes of Dream or Bird

Spokes of Dream or Bird

by Patricia Nelson

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Overview

In Patricia Nelson’s poems, language is a vessel—sometimes a jeweled container to catch the ineffable, to harness or restrain its power like a djinni; sometimes a boat on the vast sea–surface, catching the winds of exhilarated flight or foundering in storms. This is the vessel with which the poet sets out, and we, her readers, are along for the journey. Through ancient Celtic forests, Dante’s landscape of the damned, and the garden of wordless, singing light from which our consciousness exiles us, Nelson’s poems offer a riddling map home—a way to reach one another, to counter the loneliness of our human being.

• Terry Ehret, author of Lucky Break and Night Sky Journey

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780998146942
Publisher: Poetic Matrix Press
Publication date: 09/01/2017
Pages: 59
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.21(d)

About the Author

Patricia Nelson is a semi-retired attorney and environmentalist. She has worked with the "Activist" group of poets in California for many years. The Activist credo is that every word in a poem should be poetically "active," employing some kind of focused poetic technique-a principle not as self-evident as it might sound. The group often works with metaphoric imagery.

Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments / vii

Introduction / ix

Contents / xi

Preface / xiii

Dedication / xxi

Spokes of Dream or Bird

The Word That Countersigns

Woman and Gulls / 5

Below / 6

Explaining / 7

Statement / 8

Serena / 9

Bernadine / 10

Dream / 12

Sister Eulalia / 13

We Stand / 15

One Light / 16

After Fire, Alder First:

Trees and Other Archetypes

Alder / 19

Oak / 20

Fir / 21

Willow / 22

Elder / 23

Rowan / 25

Birch / 26

Apple / 27

Weathers / 28

Hero / 29

Vikings / 30

After Dante: Inferno

The Road / 33

At the Gates of Hell / 34

The River / 35

Guide / 36

The Pilgrim / 37

The Sinners in Hell Still Have Their Bodies / 38

Paolo and Francesca / 40

The Suicides / 41

Ulysses in Hell / 43

Ugolino / 45

Avenging Angels / 46

Exits and Entrances

Dragon / 49

Shadows / 51

Adam and Eve Expelled / 52

Not Eden / 53

Not Yet / 54

The Thing Dislodged / 55

When One Who is Loved is Gone / 56

Something Resounds / 57

Ulysses / 58

Collectors / 59

About the Author

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