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Things That Happen Once - Rodney Jones

Things That Happen Once

Paperback Published: 23rd April 1997
ISBN: 9780395856017
Number Of Pages: 96

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Things That Happen Once, Jones's fifth volume, may well be his finest yet, combining currents of southern evangelism, contemporary sophistication, and passionate moral engagement. Its forty-one poems display an exciting power of language and open up new visions of inheritance and parenthood, sexuality and change. In doing so, these poems release energy that American poets and readers of poetry will eagerly welcome.

Jones won Elizabeth Bishop's support for his first book and the National Book Critics Circle award in 1990 for his third, Transparent Gestures. In his newest work, he continues to plumb the depths of rural southern life. His poetics are subtle, but his imagery, his stories, and his wry observations of the transcendent and the inexplicable reach your consciousness like lightning on a hot, dark night. Jones writes about when he tasted his first Coca-Cola and watched an electrocution, when television arrived in his remote Alabama valley, when civilization intruded in a big way and "the lights spread everywhere." His poems accelerate quickly, and you find yourself in the midst of a church service in which people are talking in tongues, in a car crash, in jail, or at the scene of a murder. These are stirring, surprising poems about the gritty details and hard lessons of life in the South, about desegregation, pot smoking, horses, love, family, and spirituality. Booklist, ALA

TVp. 3
Mortal Sorrowsp. 5
The Cycles of Silencep. 7
Last Myths of the Pioneersp. 10
Beautiful Childp. 12
First Space Travelersp. 13
Minkp. 15
First Coca-Colap. 16
Letters from the Earthp. 17
First Fraudulent Musep. 19
In the Spirit of Limuel Hardinp. 23
Risksp. 25
The Plan for World Governmentp. 27
The Gift of Tonguesp. 28
The Troubles That Women Start Are Menp. 30
A Slide of the Ladies Home Missionary Society Meetingp. 32
The Passp. 35
A Ride with the Commanderp. 38
Indian Turnipp. 40
The Consolations of Poetryp. 42
The End of Communismp. 45
For My Sisterp. 47
An Errand for My Grandmotherp. 49
Perfectionp. 50
Ground Sensep. 52
Nellp. 53
Filling the Gullyp. 54
My Father's Memoryp. 56
Country Heroismp. 58
On Pickinessp. 60
A Prayer to the Goddessp. 65
Sexp. 67
Dirty Bluesp. 69
Don't Worryp. 71
All My Childrenp. 73
On Censorshipp. 75
Hungerp. 78
Breadp. 80
Lurleenp. 81
After Workshopp. 83
Waking Upp. 85
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ISBN: 9780395856017
ISBN-10: 0395856019
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 96
Published: 23rd April 1997
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 14.6  x 0.89
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Type: New edition

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