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Weather Permitting: Poems

Sandy, Stephen

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ISBN 10: 080713001X / ISBN 13: 9780807130018
Published by Louisiana State University Press
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Title: Weather Permitting: Poems

Publisher: Louisiana State University Press

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

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Ranging in form from sonnet to free verse, from meditative to dialog poems, Weathers Permitting explores the themes of friends, family, and faith. Whether contemplating a joyful holiday or a dying friend, a missing child or house repairs, Stephen Sandy follows the twists and turns of the mind, bringing us to unexpected insights and ever-deepening awareness. Religious faith occupies the core of this tightly focused collection, and poems such as "Stable"—recalling the changes in a family’s Christmas ornaments over the years—reveal a reassuring togetherness in the forbidding environment of our time, through lyrical affirmations of celebration among darkening shadows.

Sumptuous diction, vivid detail, and highly wrought lines are hallmarks of Sandy’s style. Here they serve to move us toward a fresh appreciation of the intricacies of human relationships.

The projector jumps, the foxes around her neck, not rabid, are holding on, each biting, glass-eyed, the other’s tail. She clambers to the running board of the Franklin, smiles at us, steps to the house to make a start. Cut to the fence, the hollyhocks, and Roddy the red setter nipping sips from the sprinkler spurting; harnessed, pulling Mopsie in the red wagon, wagging for his master, who looks then catches all of them lolling below the smoke. In Florida once, he filmed a shambling bear who danced—who jigs for us still in his grim gear.

Stop by the fencing, child, and slowly meet them, a world within the world, a garden walk to take with them to the portiere, the parlor, scent of humidor unlidded. They pose on the steps doffing golf caps, and none may read their moving lips. —"Home Reel"

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Stephen Sandy is the author of eleven books of poetry, including Surface Impressions and Black Box. He has taught at universities and workshops in Massachusetts, North Carolina, Rhode Island, and Vermont and has received, among other honors, a residency at the Bellagio Study and Conference Center; a fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts;and a Fulbright Visiting Lectureship in Japan. He lives in Shaftsbury, Vermont.

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