Where Are the Snows: Poems

Where Are the Snows: Poems

by Kathleen Rooney
Where Are the Snows: Poems

Where Are the Snows: Poems

by Kathleen Rooney

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Where Are the Snows takes its title from the famous refrain of François Villon’s 15th Century poem “Ballad of the Ladies of Times Past.” Like that poem, the book functions, among other things, as an ubi sunt, Latin for “Where are they?” as in “Where are the ones who came before us?”—the beautiful, the strong, the virtuous, all of them? In keeping with that long tradition, these poems offer a way to think about life’s transience—its beauty, its absurdity, and of course its mortality. Allusive and associative, anti-capitalist and unapologetically political, aligned somewhere between comedy and anger, this poetry juxtaposes the triumphs and tragedies (mostly tragedies) of our current age with those of history, and—by wondering “Where are they?”—explores the questions of where we are now and where we might be going.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781680032932
Publisher: Texas Review Press
Publication date: 12/19/2022
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 73
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

KATHLEEN ROONEY is a founding editor of Rose Metal Press, a nonprofit publisher of literary work in hybrid genres, as well as a founding member of Poems While You Wait, a collective of poets and their typewriters who compose poetry on demand. Her most recent books include the novels Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk and Cher Ami and Major Whittlesey, and her criticism appears in The New York Times, The Chicago Review of Books, The Brooklyn Rail, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere. She lives in Chicago with her spouse, the writer Martin Seay, and teaches at DePaul.

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Let’s give featureless time some features:
Horn-rimmed glasses—bushy eyebrows attached—and a large plastic nose above a plushy
Groucho glasses are also known as “the beaglepuss.”
She who wears a disguise hard is she who tries hard.
Put the beagle of the mind in a rhinestone collar, then yank the leash. Thanks for staying on the
Although wearing a disguise is unlikely to fool friends, it might inspire laughter.
I never forget a face, but in yourcase I’ll be glad to make an exception: us to the 21st century so
She who tries hard is she who dies hard?
Getting slapped with a stick is not actually funny.

Table of Contents

  • Dress Up
  • To Replicate the Sacrifice of Christ’s Journey into the Desert for 40 Days
  • Every Now and Then
  • The Production and Consumption of Goods and Services
  • Pastoral
  • Pedestrian Access
  • Epistolary
  • The Life of the Mind
  • Hump Day Has Always Been a Terrible Nickname
  • How to Act
  • Humanistic Geography
  • The Special Organ of Breathing and Smelling
  • The Ten of Pentacles
  • A Quiet State After Some Period of Disturbance
  • A Talisman Attracts, An Amulet Repels
  • The Moon is the Moon Whether We Call It That Or Not
  • The Word by Which a Person or Thing Is Denoted
  • A Human Female Who Has Given Birth to a Baby
  • To Cherish a Desire with Anticipation 
  • A Power or Ability of the Kind Possessed by Superheroes
  • Exalted or Worthy of Complete Devotion
  • I’m Always Up for an Arbitrary Challenge
  • A Court Game Played with Long-Handled Rackets
  • Atmospheric Water Vapor Frozen into Ice Crystals
  • Ekphrastic
  • Foretelling the Future by a Randomly Chosen Passage in a Book
  • The State or Period of Being a Child
  • A Building That Serves as Living Quarters
  • To Celebrate the Anniversary of Someone’s Birth
  • The Physical Universe Beyond the Earth’s Atmosphere
  • The Point in Time or Space at Which Something Originates
  • The Surroundings in Which an Animal or Plant Lives or Operates
  • The Act of Passing Across or Through
  • The Sweet and Fleshy Product of a Tree or Other Plant
  • A Place Set Aside for Burial of the Dead
  • One Authorized to Perform the Sacred Rites
  • A Source of Inspiration, A Guiding Genius
  • Ubi Sunt
  • The Natural Agent that Stimulates Sight and Makes Things Visible
  • With the Face to the Rear, in the Direction Behind
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