Hapax Poems

ISBN-10: 0810151715

ISBN-13: 9780810151710

Edition: 2005

Authors: A. E. Stallings

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Hapaxis ancient Greek for "once, once only, once and for all," and "onceness" pervades this second book of poems by American expatriate poet A. E. Stallings. Opening with the jolt of "Aftershocks," this book explores what does and does not survive its "gone moment"--childhood ("The Dollhouse"), ancient artifacts ("Implements from the Grave of the Poet"), a marriage's lost moments of happiness ("Lovejoy Street"). The poems also often compare the ancient world with the modern Greece where Stallings has lived for several years. Her musical lyrics cover a range of subjects from love and family to characters and themes derived from classical Greek sources ("Actaeon" and "Sisyphus"). Employing sonnets, couplets, blank verse, haiku, Sapphics, even a sequence of limericks, Stallings displays a seemingly effortless mastery of form. She makes these diverse forms seem new and relevant as modes for expressing intelligent thought as well as charged emotions and a sense of humor. The unique sensibility and linguistic freshness of her work has already marked her as an important, young poet coming into her own.
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Book details

List price: $14.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Publication date: 3/10/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 112
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.25" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.396
Language: English

Aftershocks
The dollhouse
Lovejoy Street
The village in the lake
Sine Qua Non
Last will
Arrowhead hunting
Ubi Sunt lament for the eccentric museums of my childhood
Thyme
Implements from the "tomb of the poet"
Visiting the grave of Rupert Brooke
The charioteer
Asphodel
An ancient dog grave, unearthed during construction of the Athens metro
Actaeon
The modern Greek for "nightmare" is Ephialtes
Dead language lesson
First love : a quiz
Mint
Nettles
Flying colors : flags of convenience
"To Speke of Wo that is in marriage"
Purgatory
Fragment
Failure
Noir
Alice, grown-up, at the cocktail party
Cassandra
Clean break
Evil eye
Apotropaic
Amateur iconography : resurrection
Empty icon frame
Exile : picture postcards
Minutes
Explaining an affinity for bats
Variations on an old standard
Bad news blues
Two rhymes for grown-ups
Another lullaby for insomniacs
Lullaby near the railroad tracks
On the nearest pass of Mars in sixty thousand years
XII Klassikal Lymnaeryx
Sisyphus
Song for the women poets
Jet lag
Clean Monday
The song rehearsal
Prelude
Ultrasound
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