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Poems to Live by in Troubling Times - Joan Murray

Poems to Live by in Troubling Times

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In this all-new sequel to the Beacon bestseller Poems to Live By in Uncertain Times, editor Joan Murray has once again gathered an astonishing group of poems that speak to our personal and shared concerns in a troubled time.
Poems to Live By in Troubling Times features works carefully selected and deftly organized to help guide us through the complexities of our current situation. Included are poems that speak to our anxiety and terror; rally our hope and courage; warn us of complacency and complicity; stir us to action and compassion; lead us to question our leaders and politicians; move us to meditation and prayer; urge us to confront war and violence; and give us hope for peace and justice.
Readers will find wisdom to sustain them as they face difficulties in their individual lives or confront our common contemporary predicament. These are not poems that provide easy answers or overheated rhetoric but poems that speak directly and deeply to the soul, from the most important and celebrated poets of our era.
Joan Murray is editor of Poems to Live By in Uncertain Times and The Best of Pushcart Poetry. A National Poetry Series Open Competition winner, she is author of Queen of the Mist, Dancing on the Edge, and Looking for the Parade. Her poems have also appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Harper's, Ms., The Nation, and Best American Poetry and have been featured on NPR's Morning Edition. Murray lives in Old Chatham, New York.

Nocturnep. 3
A suitcase strapped with a ropep. 4
From the frontier of writingp. 6
In trying timesp. 8
Out in the open (part II)p. 10
The terrorist, he watchesp. 12
Dedications to Bashertp. 14
The measures takenp. 19
Heart laborp. 23
A comfort spellp. 24
Making a fistp. 27
Healingp. 29
Spell against sorrowp. 30
The sunp. 32
Happinessp. 34
Riding the elevator into the skyp. 36
Whenever that happenedp. 41
Crashp. 42
Intrusionp. 43
Scruplesp. 44
From Twelve chairsp. 46
Those destroyed by successp. 49
Twentieth centuryp. 53
What happensp. 55
Small frogs killed on the highwayp. 59
To be of usep. 60
On living (part I)p. 62
Her headp. 64
Nocturnal visitsp. 66
The dreamp. 68
Perhaps ...p. 70
On the thresholdp. 72
They saidp. 77
As the president spokep. 79
"Next to of course God America I"p. 80
Waiting for the barbariansp. 81
From The teeth mother naked at lastp. 84
"For those dead, our dead ..."p. 87
The last electionp. 89
Last-minute message for a time capsulep. 91
The taskp. 95
I can't speakp. 96
Eagle poemp. 98
Prayer before birthp. 100
Breyten prays for himselfp. 102
A prayer that will be answeredp. 104
O sweet irrational worshipp. 105
Fishing in the keep of silencep. 107
American warsp. 111
Fresco : departure for an imperialist warp. 112
Conscientious objectorp. 114
While the record playsp. 116
Forced marchp. 119
I gave away that kidp. 121
"They"p. 123
Every dayp. 124
- When they sleepp. 129
Sabbath poem I (1979)p. 130
Hidden justicep. 132
Ourselves againp. 134
What I leave to my sonp. 136
Someonep. 138
The season of phantasmal peacep. 140
The place where we are rightp. 142
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ISBN: 9780807068946
ISBN-10: 0807068942
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 146
Published: 12th April 2006
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 17.78 x 12.7  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.15