Samuel Green Vertebrae: Poems 1978-1994

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Vertebrae: Poems 1978-1994

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Here is an account of life on an island, close to earth and sea and the things and creatures of a specific place, uttered as declaration or dialogue or meditation, with the soul and sense of a remarkably gifted poet enriching every line, every page. Linked as sequence or by subject to make the patterns of backbones, the poems relate the day-to-day affairs of one who has chosen, with his wife and neighbors for company, to live where the elemental takes on the flesh of meaning in particular, closely observed ways. Every experience is thus as charged and natural and profoundly moving as the sound of the human voice, carried across water from the trees and rocks of the shoreline. Through these poems we hear the voice of one who cherishes language as the vital force connecting us to each other - one who knows how vital the poetic resources of language are to express our deepest feelings, fear, anger, joy, love. And everywhere we encounter, and are refreshed by, Sam Green's acceptance of the poet's status in the world he wakes and works and makes love and sleeps in. Strength and tenderness are here as assuredly as the woodsman's grip on his ax handle, and the player's fingers over the strings of his guitar.

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Ars Poetica
At The Seafarer's Memorial Anacortes
Bird Watching
Blessing
Communion
Covenant: Saying Hello To The Land We Will Live With
David Takes His 200th Foreskin
Exemplar
Fiddle Trees
Finding The Hanged Chinaman's Grave, South Bend
Gathering The Fruit
Geese In Rain
Grandfather, Hauling In The Nets
Grandmother, Milking
Hands Learning To Work
In A Borrowed House On The Mainland After The Blizzard
Killing The Ground Wasps
Late Snow Melting, First Sign Of Flowers, Gathering Eggs After
Mallards, Morning
Meditation At The Hoh River Mouth
Mending The Instruments
Mint Harvest, South Fork Of The Nooksack
Mussel Eating: Third Beach
My Father Sang To Himself
Nearing Solstice
Northeaster
On Hearing Our Plans For Homesteading My Grandmother Said It Would
Part Of The Music
Poem To Accompany The Gift Of An Amish Rug
Pruning
Red Snapper
Rowing Against The Wind, Against The Tide
Shaving Lesson
Sheep Turning
Sitting On The Bluff Above A Bay Near Home Watching A Woodpecker
Solstice, Again
Storm Warnings
There Were Deer Once
Vertebrae
'what Are We All Headed For Besides A Cold Grave?'
Wind: Four Letters To Melinda Mueller: 1. From King's Garden Nursing
Wind: Four Letters To Melinda Mueller: 2. From The Beach At Fort
Wind: Four Letters To Melinda Mueller: 3. From Skykomish
Wind: Four Letters To Melinda Mueller: 4. From Yakima
Working Crosscut
You Ask Me About Birds And I Tell You
-- Table of Poems from Poem Finder®

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Green's slim output is unignorably good, thoroughly West Coast stuff, full of the ocean and fishing, felling timber and cutting wood, gardening in mostly cool weather, and basically, living sparely in that incomparable Pacific Northwest rain forest. It would recall Gary Snyder's work more than it does except that there are no Zen references or ecological data or East Asian and Native American lore in it. Rather, Green speaks plainly of his own experience--plainly and immediately; his "I" (when it is not otherwise assigned--as it so evocatively is, in the first two poems in the book, to "Grandmother, Milking" and "Grandfather, Hauling in the Nets") is not egoistic but lets us take in just the experience it reports, sans the sauce of learning or interpretation. Moreover, Green has chosen to experience life so elementally that the record of it conduces, time and again, to a religious attitude toward existence, as much in us as in him. Ray Olson

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