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An Early Afterlife : Poems - Linda Pastan

An Early Afterlife


Paperback Published: 1st February 1995
ISBN: 9780393313819
Number Of Pages: 88

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"The world wounds us / with is beauty, as if it knew / we had to leave it soon," Linda Pastan writes in "In a Northern Country," and the poems in this new volume are full of those wounds, that beauty, Whether her subject is the return of childhood ghosts or the metaphor of baseball, whether it is the impact of landscape or the vagaries of family love, Pastan continues to explore and illuminate the mysteries and dangers beneath the common surface of ordinary life. As the Jerusalem Post put it, "She has, in large measure, fulfilled Emerson's dream-the revelation of 'the miraculous in the common." Or, as she herself writes in one of her new poems, "Long after Eden, the imagination flourishes with all its unruly weeds."

The Arithmetic of Alternationp. 1
The Pythonp. 3
The Lumberjacksp. 4
Espaliered Pear Treesp. 5
The Bookp. 6
Narcissus at 60p. 7
At Indian River Inletp. 8
On the Threshold of Silencep. 10
"Ideal City"p. 11
Daylight Savingsp. 12
Beall Mountain Seasonalp. 13
The Birdsp. 16
Camping at the Headlands of the Rappahannockp. 17
Requiemp. 18
The Way Things Arep. 19
With the Passing of the Leavesp. 20
leavesp. 21
Agoraphobiap. 22
Smoke Screenp. 24
Meditation at 30,000 Feetp. 25
The Suicidep. 26
The Soldier's Wifep. 27
Stationary Bicyclep. 28
Baseballp. 29
Surfeitp. 30
Callingp. 31
Ruinsp. 32
The English Novelp. 33
the arithmetic of alternationp. 34
Almost an Elegyp. 35
Memoryp. 37
Silent Treatmentp. 38
The Bronx, 1942p. 39
Courbet's "Still Life with Apples and Pomegranate"p. 40
Poetry Readingp. 41
MD 67p. 42
Landscape with Statuesp. 43
Because I was never a childp. 44
Family Tiesp. 45
Almost an Elegyp. 46
The Recovery Zonep. 49
High Summerp. 50
In a Northern Countryp. 51
April Againp. 52
Ghostsp. 53
Old Photograph Albump. 54
The Laws of Primogeniturep. 55
What We Fear Mostp. 56
Flowersp. 57
Gladiolap. 58
Wisteria Floribundap. 59
Snow Showers: a Prothalamionp. 60
Cosmic Dustp. 61
Vermilionp. 62
Ah Lovep. 63
Foreshadowingp. 64
The Passwordp. 65
The Apple Shrinep. 66
Hardwoodp. 67
Migrainep. 68
Flash Forwardp. 69
Mercyp. 70
Sometimesp. 71
An Early Afterlifep. 72
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ISBN: 9780393313819
ISBN-10: 0393313816
Series: Norton Paperback
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 88
Published: 1st February 1995
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.67 x 14.05  x 0.58
Weight (kg): 0.12

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