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Hours of the Cardinal : The James Dickey Contemporary Poetry Series - Marisa De los Santos

Hours of the Cardinal

The James Dickey Contemporary Poetry Series

Paperback Published: 1st March 2000
ISBN: 9781570033216
Number Of Pages: 90

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In Hours of the Cardinal, a mother's death triggers poems that journey through grief into the unnamable origins of consciousness-before thought, talk, even printed words. These elegies weave stories and anecdotes from literature and the visual arts, literally trying to cheat death by facing it, even facing it down. The ghosts that take flesh in this collection are poets such as Tsvetayeva, Mandelstam, and Tu Fu, painters such as Max Ernst and Kahlo, the mystic Henry Vaughan, the singer-dancer Josephine Baker. By reprising these lives of exile and grief, the poems celebrate the body's attempt to endure in the face of historical atrocities, like the holocausts, racism, and the commodification of the human spirit. In the process of memorializing such lives, Richard Lyons fictionalizes his mother as one more member of the "great dead" as he levels the living and the dead by collaging autobiography and history into narrative meditations that carry the dignity of the individual against forces of greed and conformity.

A Note on Richard Lyons
Morning, Merrymeeting Lakep. 1
Charon's Boatp. 5
The Thousands of Little Firesp. 7
Vantage Pointp. 15
An Address to Marina Tsvetayeva Curling Inwardp. 18
Hours of the Cardinalp. 21
Stanzas Written at Baba Yaga'sp. 28
Summer: Silver Flashingp. 31
Symmetryp. 37
A Half Inch of Blue Skyp. 38
The Black Venus: For Max Ernstp. 49
Blackoutp. 55
Archaic Smilep. 56
With Arapaho Dreamcatcherp. 58
Two Deaths in San Bernardinop. 60
Like Glass Pyramids at Midnightp. 62
In Defense of the Bodyp. 67
For Dianne Wherever She May Bep. 69
Some Weeks before an Autumn Weddingp. 72
The Corpse Washingp. 83
In an Instantp. 84
To My Deceased Motherp. 86
As Far As We Can Seep. 89
Anniversaryp. 91
The White Skyp. 92
Blue Exorcismp. 93
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ISBN: 9781570033216
ISBN-10: 1570033218
Series: The James Dickey Contemporary Poetry Series
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 90
Published: 1st March 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.14

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