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Words Brushed by Music : Twenty-Five Years of the Johns Hopkins Poetry Series - John T. Irwin

Words Brushed by Music

Twenty-Five Years of the Johns Hopkins Poetry Series

By: John T. Irwin (Editor), Anthony Hecht (Foreword by)

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Over the past twenty-five years, the Johns Hopkins Poetry and Fiction series has published thirty-one volumes of poetry, beginning in 1979 with John Hollander's Blue Wine and Other Poems. The series was launched with two guiding principles: to publish works of poetry exhibiting formal excellence and strong emotional appeal and to publish writers at all stages of their careers.

Words Brushed by Music gathers the best poems of the past twenty-five years, works that exhibit extraordinary wit, elegance, wisdom born of experience, and mastery of language. Sometimes comic, always moving, these poems reflect the talent of twenty distinctive voices: John Bricuth, John Burt, Thomas Carper, Philip Dacey, Tom Disch, Emily Grosholz, Vicki Hearne, John Hollander, Josephine Jacobsen, X. J. Kennedy, Charles Martin, Robert Pack, Robert Phillips, Wyatt Prunty, Gibbons Ruark, William Jay Smith, Barry Spacks, Timothy Steele, David St. John, and Adrien Stoutenburg. In this anniversary volume, award-winning poet and critic Anthony Hecht reflects on the state of American poetry today.

Recommended for contemporary poetry collections. Library Journal

Song of the darknessp. 1
Villanelle : "we're dancing now..."p. 2
Talking bigp. 3
The touchp. 4
Love and famep. 5
What Ellen saidp. 6
1938p. 8
Turning in bedp. 10
That's a nice legp. 11
Talking with Charlotp. 12
I am just the samep. 13
Rosesp. 14
Funny facep. 15
How mother isp. 16
Mystery baseballp. 17
Sleeping parents, wakeful childrenp. 19
The living roomp. 21
Bedtime songp. 23
In defense of Forest Lawnp. 24
Entropic villanellep. 26
D. W. Richmond gives directions to the architect of his tombp. 27
The Joycelin Shrager poem : I am just a plain poetp. 29
The Joycelin Shrager poem : something people don't realizep. 32
The Joycelin Shrager poem : I who have gone through the whole gamutp. 33
The Joycelin Shrager poem : minor poets are human toop. 34
The Joycelin Shrager poem : bowling has been the great spiritp. 35
The Joycelin Shrager poem : when I am sick science fictionp. 36
On Spadina avenuep. 38
Life of a salesmanp. 40
Edenp. 42
Riding skillsp. 44
The dog and the wordp. 45
Danes and wolfhoundsp. 46
Blue winep. 47
The cable-carp. 52
The patch of gardenp. 53
Piano interludep. 54
Special sessionsp. 55
From a house partyp. 56
Suite for all clowns' dayp. 57
The minor poetp. 61
Birdsong of the lesser poetp. 62
Mr. Mahoneyp. 63
Survivor's balladp. 64
You can take it with youp. 65
The blue-eyed exterminatorp. 66
Woman in rainp. 67
Twelve dead, hundreds homelessp. 68
Veterinarianp. 69
The animals you eatp. 70
On being accused of witp. 71
Ambitionp. 72
Jimmy Harlowp. 73
Death of a first childp. 74
A curse on a thiefp. 76
Maples in Januaryp. 77
A burial at Shanidarp. 78
E.S.L.p. 80
Making facesp. 83
Flying headsp. 87
Stanzas after endgamep. 88
Departing words to a sonp. 93
A modest boast at meridianp. 95
The shootingp. 96
Raking leavesp. 97
In the wakingp. 99
A cage in search of a birdp. 100
A bird in search of a cagep. 101
The stone crab : a love poemp. 102
I remember, I rememberp. 104
603 Cross River Roadp. 106
A child's Christmas in Georgia, 1953p. 110
Hayingp. 112
The Ferris wheelp. 114
Elderly lady crossing on greenp. 116
A note of thanksp. 117
Learning the bicyclep. 119
A winter's talep. 120
Watching you sleep under Monet's water liliesp. 121
With our wives in late Octoberp. 122
For the pause before we decorate the treep. 124
Waiting for you with the swallowsp. 126
Words to accompany a leaf from the great copper beech at coolep. 127
Listening to Fats Waller in late lightp. 129
The world below the windowp. 131
Pidgin pinchp. 132
Now touch the air softlyp. 133
Morelsp. 135
Journey to the interiorp. 137
The shipwreckp. 138
Galileo galileip. 139
Villanellep. 140
American primitivep. 141
The tenp. 142
Still lifep. 143
Mr. Smithp. 144
Blind in his sorrowp. 146
Three songs for my daughterp. 147
My clothesp. 149
Recommendationsp. 150
Glory learnt from rosesp. 151
Neilsenp. 152
Aurorap. 153
Beatitudes, while setting out the trashp. 154
Portrait of the artist as a young childp. 155
Pacific rimp. 157
Elegyp. 158
Hushp. 159
Motep. 160
Tree servicep. 162
Messagep. 164
Self-portraitp. 166
Drumcliffe : passing byp. 167
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ISBN: 9780801880292
ISBN-10: 0801880297
Series: Johns Hopkins: Poetry and Fiction
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 200
Published: 25th August 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.25