The Talking Book of July: Poems

The Talking Book of July: Poems

by Rick Alley


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The Talking Book of July: Poems by Rick Alley

This first book of poems by an author whose work has appeared in a variety of journals and literary magazines is imbued with a stillness that is persistent in its significance7 In this carefully crafted world, a branch, an eggsac, a voice carried across a mown field, encompass all the longing, loss, and connection inextricable from the human experience. Each piece is infused with language and images powerful in their lucidity and stunning in their simplicity. With an unrelentingly clear and distinctive voice, Rick Alley delivers keen observations about the world and the individuals in it, which arrive to the reader like a series of unfolding gifts.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780910055345
Publisher: Eastern Washington University Press
Publication date: 01/28/1997
Pages: 62
Product dimensions: 6.24(w) x 9.31(h) x 0.52(d)

About the Author

Born in 1963 in Kingsport, Tennessee, RICK ALLEY spent most of his years growing up in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He was educated at Old Dominion University and later received his MFA in poetry from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He has worked both as an editorial assistant for the Associated Writing Programs and as editor of Marquee, a journal of poetry and one-act plays. Currently, he lives in Norfolk, Virginia, where he teaches literature and creative writing as well as working with a correspondence writing program for teenagers through Johns Hopkins University. He has recently completed work on his second book of poems.

Table of Contents

Exemplary Life Above Ground
The Storm, Leaving
The Museum of Contemporary Envy
With Gratitude, in Depth & Sweet
The Mayor of Harmony
Choir Boy
I Knew the Dove I Saw on the Roof
On Seeing a Friend from a Flattering Distance
In Spring Air,
The Lake Outside Her Window
The Pond Gets Less Lonely
At Last the Sun
The Talking Book of July
Morning is Busy
Spring was Planning a Quiet Comeback
Up Early and Out
Four Poems Instead of an Elegy
The Man from Baltimore
Rock Garden
The Man Who Hugs the Ground
The Best and Final Chapter
Bewildered Again on the Same Street,
Field Guide to Autumn
Some Unattainable Facts
Current Events
Primary Detail
The Orphans
Rainy Lake
They are Always Trying
At Home in a Lasting Body
Virginia Woolf,
I Don't Think the New Gears
Her Featureless Day
Dissecting Uncle Sorrow
There's the Story of the Girl
The Canary Man & You
For Mary Jane, Open and Looking Forward
The Radiator
My Shoes Disappear
The Identities of the Dead
The Growing Days
Taking Leave
The Robins Dim, Coming Back a Little Less
Bed Poem

What People are Saying About This

Peggy Shumaker

"This book asks how we can keep even 'our little but dangerous faith' in this 'ugly paradise / godsent by an unsubtle god.' Like the ancient oracles, Alley watches for omens: 'If this is a sign, let it be urgent and true.' Sensual as 'three hornets / sipping a pear's soft wound,' Alley's stunning language shows us how to 'go on being more than one thing.' This is a book to savor."

Dara Wier

"Rick Alley shows how everything is new under the observant eyes of a poet dedicated to keeping poetry in the world. Reading The Talking Book of July nudges a reader away from finite quiescence straight into the spirit of amplitude poems naturally inhabit. These poems are spacious and focused, candid, witty, and elegiac. This book says that, no matter what we tell ourselves, we are not alone and because we aren't, what we say matters."

James Tate

"Rick Alley is an original, true poet, one we need, one to cherish. These crisp poems whisk the elusive essence of desire."

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