The Tree Surgeon Dreams of Bowling

The Tree Surgeon Dreams of Bowling

by Jayne Marek


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Lucid and accessible, The Tree Surgeon Dreams of Bowling invites readers to enjoy the author’s deft use of slant rhymes and expressive poetic forms. Its three sections move between inner and outer worlds, across the American landscape and the Pacific Ocean to Japan, China, and India. Birds, animals, woods, and waters frame the poems’ topics: grief that arises from mistakes, illness, and death; the interests and insights gained from travel; and good-humored observations of daily experience. Fans of modern poetry will enjoy the range of styles found here. At time, the poems’ spare frankness echoes William Stafford, or a sense of quiet appreciation evokes Mary Oliver, and the linguistic allusions can hint of Emily Dickinson, Richard Hugo, or Anne Sexton. Using imagery drawn from the author’s knowledge of natural history, the poems trace an arc that encompasses the rich textures of life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781635343632
Publisher: Finishing Line Press
Publication date: 01/05/2018
Pages: 80
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.19(d)

About the Author

Jayne Marek has three prior poetry collections, including Imposition of Form on the Natural World, also published by Finishing Line Press. She publishes art photos that, like her poems, use natural imagery to prompt subtle ideas. She has studied with poets David Wagoner, Marge Piercy, Gary Copeland Lilley, and David Shumate, among others.

Table of Contents

I: Just Out of Reach

Prognosis 1

Mistakes 2

Drowned Mole 3

Moon Jellies 4

Fable 5

Clay 6

The Deepest Snow 7

Cut Glass 8

Winter Runes 9

Harpers Ferry 10

Unknown Pacific 11

Cloud Solid 12

Flying Through the Universe in My Hand 13

Injury 14

So Late Winter 15

Two Variations (for Hazel) 16

For Roger 18

Elegiac Unsonnet for My Cat 19

Would the Good People Please Stop Dying? 20

The Channel Bell 21

II: Pacific Rim

Hands in Temple Smoke 25

Buddha Touch 26

Panda Mania 27

The Wood Turner’s Shop, Itsukushima 29

Nishijin Textile Center, Kyoto 30

Grass Writing 31

The Art of Teeth 33

Postcard from Assam 34

Lotus-Eaters 35

Her Feet 36

The Other Ming 37

Carp Mobile 38

Kite-Flyers 39

Coal Spill, Yunnan 40

Blue on Cang Shan 41

III: Of Grace

Burntcoat Head 45

Waves 46

The Ferry at Six-Thirty, Dark, 47

Chances 48

Woods Path 49

Sweet Spot for Owls 50

Heron in Puget Sound 51

Of Grace 53

To Live by Water 54

Driving for the Eggs 55

Con Trail 56

En la Noche 57

Sheba 58

Swimming Pool 60

Triumph 61

I Miss My Life in the Other Dimension 62

Spring Cleaning 63

Trees in Memory 64

The Tree Surgeon Dreams of Bowling 65

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