This book includes work from the author's first five books—Field Guide, Praise, Human Wishes, Sun Under Wood, and Time and Materials—as well as a substantial gathering of new poems, including a suite of elegies, a series of poems in the form of notebook musings on the nature of storytelling, a suite of summer lyrics, and two experiments in pure narrative that meditate on personal relations in a violent world and read like small, luminous novellas.—From publisher description.
A tribute to the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet's career features the writer's theme of classic American melancholy and includes such pieces as "Bus Stop," "Men at Forty," "Crossing Kansas by Train," and "The Small White Churches of the Small White Towns." Reprint. 10,000 first printing.
"This eighteenth winner of the Walt McDonald First-Book-Prize in Poetry explores loss, grief, vigilance, and endurance. Three sections—Mortals, Lovers, and Mothers—focus on brutality, death, and other personal or public tragedies from which the single-mother persona would prefer to turn away, but instead turns toward and survives"—Provided by publisher.