The Word We Used For It

The Word We Used For It

by Max Garland

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780299314347
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date: 10/11/2017
Series: Wisconsin Poetry Series
Pages: 88
Sales rank: 357,683
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author


Max Garland, originally from Kentucky, is the author of The Postal Confessions and Hunger Wide as Heaven. He is a former poet laureate of Wisconsin, a professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire, and the first writer-in-residence for the city of Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Read an Excerpt


                                                 . . . And the light
which began to climb over the rim of horizon
appeared stunned like ancestors in old photographs
 
seem stunned. You look at them in their suspenders
and bonnets and the austerity of their faces
as if they knew, even then, in the minute’s wait
 
for the shutter to close, they were goners. As if they
knew the reason for the picture was time without pity. So
I stood under the red pine, took a few more breaths
 
from deep in the glacial instant of my one and only life,
which hurt a little, like joy, by which I mean the edge of joy
where it sharpens itself for the work it has to do.
—excerpt from “Joy” © Max Garland. All rights reserved.

Table of Contents


Sway               
 
I.
At the Opening of an Exhibition                   
Hymn for Joseph                    
Sciurus Carolinesis                 
Grit                 
Joy                  
The Word We Used for It                 
The Woman Who Waved from the River                  
If a Man Had a Boat              
Rehabilitation             
Mega-Foods               
Keep in Touch            
Bat in the House                    
A Photograph of Earth from Space, 1972                 
 
II.
Orion Spur                 
Heaven                       
Chesterfields              
Ghost Army               
The Bees                    
Hollyhocks                 
Green Day                  
Nightly News             
Get Right With God              
I Call Your Name                  
When I Think of You I Think of Her            
Stay                
Spring Snow              
 
III.
Search Committee                  
Reception                   
Jesus Jogs                   
If You Really Had To            
Happiness                   
Tupelo            
After Leaving The Poetics of Space on a Chair on the Deck All Night                    
The World as You Saw It                  
The Wren                   
Snowflake                  
Chickadees                 
Home             
Blink              
The Best Things in Life Are the Most Expensive

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