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The Pattern More Complicated : New and Selected Poems - A. Williamson

The Pattern More Complicated

New and Selected Poems

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Published: 1st January 2005
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Alan Williamson artfully joins social and literary history with personal experience in "The Pattern More Complicated," a collection of his very best poems over the last twenty years. A powerful section of new poems draws the whole work together in a kind of autobiographical novel, as--in Eliot's phrase, from which the title is taken--"the pattern of dead and living" grows "more complicated" with the years. Williamson's verse is a refreshing examples of how delicately the personal can intersect with the public in a love for the considered life.
"The Pattern More Complicated" assembles Williamson's most important, representative poems, marking the trajectory of poetic development and the recurrence of themes across the span of four previous collections to present a survey of a major American poet in a single volume.

Fallings from us, vanishingsp. 3
The cityp. 5
The chairp. 8
Mr. Brownp. 11
The muse of distancep. 13
Small college : all male : early 1960sp. 29
From an airplanep. 31
The light's readingp. 33
East Arlingtonp. 36
Sandyp. 38
Obsessionp. 41
The prayer of the Catharsp. 42
Art Romanp. 45
Recitation for the dismantling of a hydrogen bombp. 47
Epiloguep. 53
Love and the soulp. 61
Requited lovep. 64
Fragments : traveling in marriagep. 76
Domestic architecturep. 78
Wide-angle shot : return to Snowy Riverp. 79
Deb's dream about Pavesep. 80
Your forest-moonlight picturep. 82
Toward the new yearp. 83
The ambivalent manp. 85
Forest Streetp. 89
Rilke's argument with Don Giovannip. 91
The author reconsidersp. 93
Unanticipated mirrorsp. 95
Enthusiasmp. 99
Highway restaurantp. 100
For my daughter, leavingp. 102
Tidepoolsp. 104
A childhood around 1950p. 111
Dreams of sacrificep. 112
Paint it blackp. 115
Listening to Leonard Cohenp. 118
After the election, 1984p. 121
Speakers from the icep. 122
La Pastorelap. 126
Mansard dreamsp. 131
Linda does my horoscopep. 134
Puccini dyingp. 138
In Paradiso, speriamo benep. 140
Caitlin : a biographyp. 143
Dinosaursp. 145
After "Death of a porn queen" : traveling the Great Basinp. 148
Red cloudp. 149
Friends who have failedp. 157
For Robinson Jeffersp. 158
House-moving from Tournon to Besanconp. 160
A progress of the soulp. 165
For my grandfatherp. 168
Trois Gymnopediesp. 169
If, on your first love's wedding dayp. 175
Dream without endp. 176
Bernini's Proserpinep. 183
Aubade, reconstructed in tranquilityp. 189
C., againp. 190
Spring trainsp. 193
Customs of the Barbariansp. 194
Last autumn in Charlottesvillep. 197
Heavenp. 199
Childless couplep. 201
Van Gogh's asylump. 203
Old toys come backp. 205
Theory of evilp. 209
Adulteryp. 211
The factoryp. 213
Where the hills come down like a lion's paw on summerp. 214
The cure of longingp. 216
Martin Sloanp. 218
The fever of Brother Barnabasp. 220
A placep. 222
Letter to a dead poetp. 223
At the Villa Serbelloni : 1998p. 225
MLA notes (1988)p. 227
MLA notes II (1998)p. 229
The costp. 231
Moving back to Charlottesvillep. 232
Villanelle : for Annep. 233
Autumn reparationsp. 234
The pattern more complicatedp. 235
Fantasia on some sentences from Combrayp. 240
Primrose Hillp. 242
Nostosp. 244
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ISBN: 9780226899497
ISBN-10: 0226899497
Series: Phoenix Poets
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 1st January 2005
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.8 x 16.3  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.35