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Grace Notes, Poems : Poems - Rita Dove

Grace Notes, Poems


By: Rita Dove

Paperback Published: 17th March 1991
ISBN: 9780393306965
Number Of Pages: 90

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The title of the collection serves as an umbrella for the intimate concerns expressed in the forty-eight poems; in music, grace notes are those added to the basic melody, the embellishments that-if played or sung at the right moment with just the right touch-can break your heart.

Isn't this what every lyric poem wishes to be, the poet asks as she explored autobiographical events, most from childhood and the cusp of adolescence, and then turns to the shadowy areas of regret and memory. The word as talisman is another of her concerns, and finally, in the section that most typifies the lilt of grace notes, Dove considers the embellishments below the melody of daily life.

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What will impress readers most about Grace Notes is [Dove's] craftsmanship, the richness of her imagery, the delicacy and sureness of her ear. She is moving steadily toward an absolute mastery of her art.

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Summit Beach, 1921p. 3
Silosp. 7
Fifth Grade Autobiographyp. 8
The Buckeyep. 9
Quaker Oatsp. 11
Flash Cardsp. 12
Crab - Boilp. 13
Hully Gullyp. 14
Fantasy and Science Fictionp. 15
Sistersp. 17
Uncle Milletp. 18
Poem in Which I Refuse Contemplationp. 19
Mississippip. 23
After Stormp. 24
Watching Last Year at Marienbad at Roger Haggerty ' S House in Auburn, Alabamap. 25
Dog Days, Jerusalemp. 27
Ozonep. 28
Turning Thirty, I Contemplate Students Bicycling Homep. 30
Particularsp. 31
Your Deathp. 32
The Wakep. 33
The Other Side of the Housep. 37
Pastoralp. 38
Horse and Treep. 39
The Breathing, the Endless Newsp. 40
After Reading Mickey in the Night Kitchen for the Third Time before Bedp. 41
Genetic Expeditionp. 42
Backyard , 6 A.Mp. 43
Dedicationp. 47
Ars Poeticap. 48
Arrowp. 49
Stitchesp. 51
In the Museump. 52
And Countingp. 53
Dialectical Romancep. 54
Medusap. 55
In a Neutral Cityp. 56
Saintsp. 59
Genie's Prayer under the Kitchen Sinkp. 60
The Gorgep. 62
Canaryp. 64
The Island Women of Parisp. 65
À L'Opérap. 66
Obbligatop. 67
Lintp. 68
The Royal Workshopsp. 69
On the Road to Damascusp. 71
Old Folk' S Home, Jerusalemp. 73
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ISBN: 9780393306965
ISBN-10: 0393306968
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 90
Published: 17th March 1991
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.98 x 14.15  x 0.71
Weight (kg): 0.14

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