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Definitions

Oresick, Peter

ISBN 10: 0931122597 / ISBN 13: 9780931122590
Published by West End Pr, 1990
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Title: Definitions

Publisher: West End Pr

Publication Date: 1990

Book Condition:Good

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Recalling the bleakness of a blue-collar childhood--a father with "nothing to say," worn out from tending a glass furnace, and a mother bored with the drudgery of housework--Oresick effectively evokes the hopelessness of empty American lives: "When I think of my mother, / she is always hanging clothes. / My father is on the couch,/sleeping off the factory / and saying No. " Several poems in this collection, however, are infused with a profound religiousness that enables the poet to transcend despair and "rise / through abysses of air / and enter," at least poetically, the "Gate of Heaven." Oresick's spirituality is in pleasing proportion to the predicament of his reality: there is a quiet beauty about common lives, passed down from one generation to the next, from which the poet derives the miracle of faith. He must ultimately defer to a voice inside, "always faint, persistent, / hinting for me to trust . . . / and all manner of things shall be well. " Oresick's language is economical yet meaningful, translating in very precise terms the rich and varied contents of his consciousness. Oresick co-edited Working Classics: Poems on Industrial Life.
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