Water / Music

Water / Music

by Peter Filkins

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Overview

A diverse display of formal dexterity, narrative power, and lyrical resonance, Peter Filkins's latest collection of poems explores the fraught relationship between the natural world and the human.

Exploring the space between nature and culture, the poems of Water / Music anchor themselves in the timely and the timeless. Rich and diverse in their formal intricacy, they move with ease from narrative to meditation, from close physical observation to the haunts of memory, and from lyric sorrow to the pleasure of living in the world. Water / Music embraces and celebrates life's mystery and the soul's repose amid "talismans at twilight, the whir of birds."



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781421440088
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 04/06/2021
Series: Johns Hopkins: Poetry and Fiction
Pages: 112
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.29(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Peter Filkins is the Richard B. Fisher Professor of Literature and Creative Writing at Bard College at Simon's Rock and a visiting professor of literature at Bard College. He is the author of four other books of poems: What She Knew, After Homer, Augustine's Vision, and The View We're Granted, as well as numerous translations and a biography, H. G. Adler: A Life in Many Worlds.

Table of Contents

I

In Vivo 3

Uterine Vellum 4

Augustine's Vision 5

Auden's Glasses 7

The Hitler Bug 9

Triptych 10

Blood Moon Blues 15

Facial Recognition 17

Nobody's Road 18

To the Coming Disaster 19

II

Aubade 23

Little Problem 24

Ashore 25

Willow 28

Rain 29

Solstice 30

Nadir 31

Narcissi 32

Credo 33

Nocturne 34

III

Water Lilies 37

Landscape 38

Sun Through Snow 39

Soundboard 40

Happy Trails 41

The Wild Boar 42

Late Elegy for Seamus Heaney 44

Annaghmakerrig 50

Epiphany 51

Poem 52

IV

Crows 55

Augury 56

False Cardinal 57

Forecast 58

Cockles 59

Arrowhead 60

The Toad 61

The Bass 62

Oracle 63

Starlings 64

For the Birds 65

Turtle 66

V

Writings 69

Moonlight 70

Boldini's Catch 71

Shell 72

At Anchor 73

O 75

The Hours 76

A Soft Day 80

Making Hay 81

Day In, Day Out 83

Envoy 86

Notes on the Poems 89

Acknowledgments 91

What People are Saying About This

"History—of the world, of language, of literature—is the subject of much of this fine book, but it is not the history of exclusivity or the spoils of winners, but of ideas, of feelings, of sensibilities that transcend the buying and selling of the material world and touch on the universal, the parts all of us must share and cherish. Peter Filkins engages with both the political and personal, the natural and the intellectual, and animating all of these marvelous poems is a keen moral sensibility that finds its home in rigorously made, sonorous, enduring poems."

Mark Wunderlich

"History is the subject of much of this fine book, but not the history of exclusivity or the spoils of winners, but of ideas, of feelings, of sensibilities. Filkins engages with both the political and personal, the natural and the intellectual, and animating all of these marvelous poems is a keen moral sensibility that finds its home in rigorously made, sonorous, enduring poems."

James Lasdun

"Peter Filkins's lovely, searching poems address a multitude of subjects with a singular coherence of vision, probing deep into the realms of politics, art, and the natural world with the attentive intelligence and the joy in getting things right that together form the hallmark of a true poet. This is a collection built to last."

Jane Brox

"Peter Filkins fixes his gaze on what we make of nature, and what disinterested nature makes of us. Here we are: earthbound, fleeting, spiritual beings with our longings, silences, and aggressions, but also makers of history, with its 'chalk-dry taste,' and makers of the past, with its smell of hay and smoky turf lingering in our traffic-laden hours. These poems, precise and beautifully tuned, resonate with all the complexities of our times."

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