What is a nation when it ignores history? What is a man when he forgets his life? This acclaimed poet’s tenth collection chronicles our seeming, and apocalyptic, liberation from conscienceand even consciousness itself. These masterful poems, written in Donald Revell’s increasingly more enraptured and oracular style, delineate the consequences of such disregard in a manner both spiritually generous and urgent.
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About the Author
Poet, translator, and critic Donald Revell is the author of ten previous collections of poetry, most recently Pennyweight Windows: New and Selected Poems. Winner of a 2008 NEA Translation Award, the 2004 Lenore Marshall Award and two-time winner of the PEN Center USA Award in Poetry, Revell has also received fellowships from the NEA and the Ingram Merrill and Guggenheim Foundations. He is currently a professor of English at the University of Utah and poetry editor of the Colorado Review.
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A Thief of Strings
By Donald Revell
Alice James BooksCopyright © 2007 Donald Revell
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From "Election Year”:
. . . You asked for my autobiography.
Imagine the greeny clicking sound
Of hummingbirds in a dry wood,
And there you’d have it. Other birds
Pour over the walls now.
I’d never suspected: every day,
Although the nation is done for,
I find new flowers.
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Table of Contents
Landscape: A Delirium 3
Landscape with Warhol and the Coming of Spring 2003 5
Delirium: A Landscape 6
Landscape Near Biloxi, Mississippi 8
The Plow That Broke the Plains 9
Thinking in the World 10
Bartram's Travels 13
Burned Acreage 14
Jules and Jim 15
O Rare 16
A Prism That Is 20
Just in the Morning 23
Good Friday 24
On My Fiftieth Birthday 25
Hallowe'en, Blue Diamond, Nevada 28
Election Year 29
San Clemente 30
"There might be beauty" 33
After Williams 35
What if Christ Were a Snowflake Falling into the Sea? 36
To the Christians 39
To the Jews 40
To the Muslims 41
To the World 42
The Last Guitar 43
The Birth of Venus 48
The Wisdoms 49
Thief of Strings 52