Under an Adirondack Moon

Under an Adirondack Moon

by C. Ann Kodra

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Overview

Under an Adirondack Moon is the reflection and interpretation, in poetry, of an Adirondack memoir. These poems travel from birth to death, through hardship and joy, on the tractors and horses and logging trails of five generations of a rural mountain family. The geography and climate of northern New York State shape the people and poems in this collection, and at the heart of it all stands the author’s father. By casting his life in verse long after his death, the author has come to understand her father and his history in deeper ways than living relationship allowed. Under an Adirondack Moon is the journey of a man who grew up and worked on the land he cherished.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781604542424
Publisher: Iris Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/16/2017
Pages: 104
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Loving Mountains More • 15

I. Crow Moon

The Allen Place • 19

Slap Her Hard • 21

Sarah Joy • 22

Sweet Sin, 1939 • 23

Richard Benedict’s Clock • 25

Unexpected Shepherd • 26

Make-Believe Straws • 27

Nellie and Frank • 28

Lining Bees • 30

Hard Winter • 33

Dowsing • 35

Carrying Water • 37

Changes • 38

II. Strawberry Moon

The AuSable • 43

Woodchuck Beans • 44

Horsepower • 45

Blind Stud • 46

Work Loved Well • 48

The Tindale Place, 1944 • 49

A Hawk, a Dove, a River of Sound • 51

The Telling • 52

Nothing Accidental in the Felling of a Tree • 54

Red Corn • 55

III. Hunter’s Moon

Like Horses • 59

What I Mean When I Say Amen • 60

Walking to the Outhouse in Winter • 61

Caged Bird • 62

Adirondack Girl • 63

A Prison Guard’s Confessions to His Daughter • 65

When I Tell Her of My Impending Divorce • 66

Intussusception • 67

My Grandmother in the Hospital for the Last Time • 68

My Father’s Father, Undone • 69

The Silence of Missing • 71

The Shovel • 73

Epitaph for His Draft Horses • 74

Homemade Coffin • 75

IV. Snow Moon

Adirondack Moon • 79

How to Swallow • 80

Drifting from This World • 82

Still Life, with Longing • 83

Canon, Room 346 • 85

What I Remember Is One Thing • 86

My Father’s Last Night • 87

His Last Dog • 88

My Father Has Traveled On • 89

Dear Earth • 90

How I Remember Him • 92

Afterword

The Ghosts of Horses Who Knew Him • 95

The Bashaw Family • 97

Notes • 99

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