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Erosion : Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets - Jorie Graham


Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets

Paperback Published: 21st May 1983
ISBN: 9780691014050
Number Of Pages: 96

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From Erosion:

Jorie Graham

. . . . How clean
the mind is,
holy grave. It is this girl
by Piero
della Francesca, unbuttoning
her blue dress,
her mantle of weather,
to go into
labor. Come, we can go in.
It is before
the birth of god. No-one
has risen yet
to the museums, to the assembly
line bodies
and wings to the open air
market. This is
what the living do: go in.
It's a long way.
And the dress keeps opening
from eternity
to privacy, quickening.
Inside, at the heart,
is tragedy, the present moment
forever stillborn,
but going in, each breath
is a button
coming undone, something terribly
finding all of the stops.

Jorie Graham grew up in Italy and now lives in northern California.She has received grants from the Ingram-Merrill Foundation, the Bunting Institute, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.Her first book, Hybrids of Plants and of Ghosts (Princeton, 1980), won the Great Lakes Colleges Association Award as the best first book of poems published in 1980.

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"The attempt to find all the stops, to range through the gamut of possibility, makes Ms. Graham a poet of landscape and memory as well as a poet of art."--The New York Times Book Review

FrontMatter, pg. iCONTENTS, pg. vACKNOWLEDGMENTS, pg. ixSan Sepolcro, pg. 1Mist, pg. 4Reading Plato, pg. 6Scirocco, pg. 8In What Manner the Body is United with the Soule, pg. 12The Age of Reason, pg. 16At the Exhumed Body of Santa Chiara, Assisi, pg. 21On Form for Berryman, pg. 22At the Long Island Jewish Geriatric Home, pg. 24To a Friend Going Blind, pg. 27Tragedy, pg. 28Wanting a Child, pg. 29My Garden, My Daylight, pg. 30Still Life with Window and Fish, pg. 32I Watched a Snake, pg. 34Mother of Vinegar, pg. 36The Lady and the Unicorn and Other Tapestries, pg. 37Kimono, pg. 38Salmon, pg. 40Patience, pg. 42Making a Living, pg. 46The Daffodil, pg. 48For John Keats, pg. 50Wood Wasps in the Spanish Willow, pg. 52Erosion, pg. 56Love, pg. 58Two Paintings by Gustav Klimt, pg. 61History, pg. 64Masaccio's Expulsion, pg. 66Updraft, pg. 71Of Unevenness, pg. 72At Luca Signorelli's Resurrection of the Body, pg. 74The Sense of an Ending, pg. 78

ISBN: 9780691014050
ISBN-10: 0691014051
Series: Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 96
Published: 21st May 1983
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 15.88  x 0.64
Weight (kg): 0.14

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