Hand Of God and a Few Bright Flowers (National Poetry Series Books)

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9780252060014: Hand Of God and a Few Bright Flowers (National Poetry Series Books)
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This volume, selected by David Wagoner as one of five winners in the 1987 National Poetry Series, derives its power from Olsen's meticulous attention to the intricacies of nature, which serve as a backdrop against which emotions and experiences are illuminated. "In Memory of Jean Rhys" contrasts Rhys's internal world with the vast and impassive forces of nature: "All this work/ to hear the sea lions. . . . / Just how their skin endures the water scares/ us, who will never know: such clarity/ will make some miserable, others happy." Olsen employs detail with such precision that the progression of the poems often seems to be controlled more by the association of images than by logical development of an idea or theme. Although mildly frustrating, this elusiveness also proves captivating and charmingly unpredictable. As in the painting he describes in "Breughel's Peasants and the Month of August," Olsen's work freezes moments and presents them, illustrating without drawing conclusions: "There's too much not to want it all to happen./ The surfeit clothes the summer in daylight wheat,/ engulfs the reapers like good weather the short/ time it takes for art/ to terrorize them into their timeless instant." Olsen has won two Academy of American Poets awards and a YHMA/The Nation Discovery award.
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Addressing His Deaf Wife, Kansas, 1908
Breughel's Peasants And The Month Of August
The Dead Monkey
December
Eighteen Species Of Hummingbirds
Envy
Five Years
From The Boss Hotel
The Hand Of God And A Few Bright Flowers
In Memory Of Jean Rhys
In Situ Outside Petrograd
The Leeches
Mockingbirds
Mr. Amd Mrs. Samuel Mccall
Mules In A Field
Nostalgie Du Mal
The Only Neighborhood
Over And Under The Sun
Public Gardens
Saint Paul The Hermit, Saint Anthony, And The Pipistrelles
There Are Many Boats
To Darwin Reading The Bible
Tomorrow
Trees
The Unicorn Tapestries
Vocations
Water
Wherever It Goes, Wherever You Go
The World's Despite
-- Table of Poems from Poem Finder®

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