Trace: Poems

Trace: Poems

by Eric Pankey


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781571314499
Publisher: Milkweed Editions
Publication date: 01/08/2013
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.20(d)

About the Author

Eric Pankey is the author of eight previous collections of poetry, most recently The Pear as One Example: New and Selected Poems 1984-2008 and Reliquaries. He is the recipient of a Walt Whitman Award, a Library of Virginia Poetry Prize, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial, and the Ingram Merrill Foundation. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Iowa Review, The Kenyon Review, Field, Gettysburg Review, and Poetry Daily, as well as numerous anthologies including The Best American Poetry 2011 (edited by Kevin Young). He is currently Professor of English and Heritage Chair in Writing at George Mason University. He lives in Fairfax, Virginia.

Table of Contents


The Sacrifice 5

A Bird Loose in the House 6

The Place of Skulls 7

Prayer 8

Edge of Things 9

The Calling of the Elect to Heaven 10

Ritual 11

The Truth of Scripture 12

The Creation of Adam 13

As of Yet 14

Works and Days 15

Primitive Water 16

Models of Paradise 17


The Burning House 29

Moon Phases Carved on a Bone 30

Southern Elegy 31

Cogitatio Mortis 32

Out-of-the-Body 36

The Repeated Image 37

A Stone to Place on a Cairn 38

Archaic Reverie 39

Trace 40

Objects and Mementos 41

A Line Made by Walking 42

The Passing Moment 46

The Last Word 47


Cold Mountain Meditations 51

Bluffs Above the Missouri 56

The Dead Go Down to the Stygian Waters 57

Waking Hungover in a Field, 1979 58

Diptych with Fox and Hawk 59

Throne of the Ancestors 60

The House We Left Behind 61

Six Cast Hexagrams 62

Anhedonia 65

Distances 66

To Dwell in Thought 67

Sober Then Drunk Again 68

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