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Next Door To The Dead

Author : Kathleen Driskell
ISBN : 9780813165745
Genre : LITERARY CRITICISM
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When Kathleen Driskell tells her husband that she's gone to visit the neighbors, she means something different than most. The noted poet -- whose last book, Seed across Snow, was twice listed as a national bestseller by the Poetry Foundation -- lives in an old country church just outside Louisville, Kentucky. Next door is an old graveyard that she was told had fallen out of use. In this marvelous new collection, this turns out not to be the case as the poet's fascination with the "neighbors" brings the burial ground back to life. Driskell frequently strolls the cemetery grounds, imagining the lives and loves of those buried beside her property. These "neighbors," with burial dates as early as 1848, inspire poems that weave stories, real and imagined, from the epitaphs and unmarked graves. Shifting between perspectives, she embraces and inhabits the voices of those laid to rest while also describing the grounds, the man who mows around the markers, and even the flocks of black birds that hover above before settling amongst the gravestones. Next Door to the Dead transcends time and place, linking the often disconnected worlds of the living and the deceased. Just as examining the tombstones forces the author to look more closely at her own life, Driskell's poems and their muses compel us to examine our own mortality, as well as how we impact the finite lives of those around us.

The Man Who Loved Birds

Author : Fenton Johnson
ISBN : 9780813166605
Genre : Fiction
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Having taken great risks -- to immigrate to America, to take monastic vows -- Bengali physician Meena Chatterjee and Brother Flavian are each seeking safety and security when they encounter Johnny Faye, a Vietnam vet, free spirit, and expert marijuana farmer. Amid the fields and forests of a Trappist monastery, Johnny Faye patiently cultivates Meena's and Flavian's capacity for faith, transforming all they thought they knew about duty and desire. In turn they offer him an experience of civilization other than war and chaos. But Johnny Faye's law-breaking sets him against a district attorney for whom the law is a tool for ambition rather than justice. Their confrontation leads to a harrowing reckoning that ensnares Dr. Chatterjee and Brother Flavian, who must make a life-or-death choice between an act of justice that may precipitate their ruin or a betrayal that offers salvation. Inspired by the real-life state police kidnapping and murder of a legendary storyteller and petty criminal, The Man Who Loved Birds engages pressing contemporary issues through a timeless narrative of ill-fated romance. Celebrated author Fenton Johnson has woven a seamless, haunting fable exploring the eternal conflicts between free will and destiny, politics and nature, the power of law and the power of love.

Scissors Paper Rock

Author : Fenton Johnson
ISBN : 9780813166575
Genre : Fiction
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Along with his siblings, Raphael Hardin left his childhood home in rural Kentucky. Grappling with an AIDS diagnosis, he returns to care for his dying father. Told from the perspectives of Raphael, his family, and their lifelong neighbor, Fenton Johnson's landmark novel reveals the blood struggles and binding loves of a broken family made whole.

Crossing The River

Author : Fenton Johnson
ISBN : 9780813166490
Genre : Fiction
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Make no mistake: Martha Bragg Picket is a headstrong southern woman with a rebellious spirit, a characteristic her son Michael shares. Yet to see her after almost twenty years of marriage, it might no longer seem clear. A Yankee contractor's arrival in town catalyzes her dissatisfaction, leading her to turn her life upside down -- unaware that her son will follow suit. Both heartfelt and shrewdly humorous, this widely acclaimed first novel from author Fenton Johnson is an affecting look at one woman's reawakening and her son's coming of age in the heartland of America.

The New And Collected Poems Of Jane Gentry

Author : Jane Gentry
ISBN : 9780813174082
Genre : Poetry
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A consummate poet, Jane Gentry (1941--2014) possessed an uncanny ability to spin quietly expansive and wise verses from small details, objects, and remembered moments. Her poetry is deeply rooted in place, exuding a strong connection to the life and land of her native Kentucky. Gentry was also a beloved and influential teacher. She served as a mentor to generations of young writers and worked tirelessly to promote new voices. Gentry and her daughters collaborated with editor Julia Johnson to organize this definitive collection. The result is an important assembly of Gentry's most celebrated poems alongside new, previously unpublished works. Johnson uses Gentry's own methodology to organize the book, showcasing the range of the poet's work and the flexibility of her style -- sometimes ironic and humorous; sometimes poignant; but always clear, intelligent, and revelatory. This volume includes two previously published full-length collections of poetry in their entirety -- A Garden in Kentucky and Portrait of the Artist as a White Pig. The final section includes Gentry's unpublished work, from verses written for loved ones to a large group of recent poems that may have been intended for future collections. Alternately startling and heart-wrenching, The New and Collected Poetry of Jane Gentry offers a valuable retrospective of the celebrated poet's work.

Selected Poems Of Robert Penn Warren

Author : Robert Penn Warren
ISBN : 0807126772
Genre : Poetry
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Portrait Of The Artist As A White Pig

Author : Jane Gentry
ISBN : 0807143170
Genre : Poetry
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These rich, lyrical poems, written by Jane Gentry over ten years, register the resonance between the poet's inner being and the outer world's everyday events. Moments of insight -- gained while watching a roofer at work next door, napping with the cat, reading on the porch, carrying the laundry, or strolling the aisles of Sam's Club -- expose the bright bones of the swiftness of time's passage, reminding us to stay attentive. Gentry's poems are deeply grounded in the continuity of family and homeplace yet also embrace new experiences. The juxtaposition of the ordinary and the beautiful, the paradox of the mundane and the artistic -- whether in nature, in relationships, in memories, or in the body -- are the hallmarks of her second collection. The years took our house, cool and dark, generous as a healthy heart, where in September a cricket sang under the kitchen hearth. They took my mother with her red hair and her creamy skin, and my father whose laughing head shone with the fire of summer as he shoveled corn to his pigs. When I awoke one day, my bloom was past. Those who loved me first were dead, and promises had blown away like chaff or clouds, which dazzle now only in the moment of their height and roll. The years have given back the thing itself. -- from "My Life Story"

An Index To Poetry And Recitations

Author : Edith Granger
ISBN : HARVARD:HN61GK
Genre : English poetry
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An Index To Poetry And Recitations

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Now And Then

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ISBN : WISC:89082560376
Genre : Appalachian Region, Southern
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