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ISBN-10: 1556591918
ISBN-13: 9781556591914
Edition: 2003
Authors: James Galvin
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Description: "X" is the kiss and betrayal, the embrace, the crucifixion, the mathematical unknown. In his sixth book of poems, James Galvin writes from a deep, philosophical engagement with the landscape and faces a "vertigo of solitude" with his marriage  More...

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Book details

List price: $14.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Copper Canyon Press
Publication date: 5/1/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 96
Size: 9.00" wide x 6.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.286
Language: English

"X" is the kiss and betrayal, the embrace, the crucifixion, the mathematical unknown. In his sixth book of poems, James Galvin writes from a deep, philosophical engagement with the landscape and faces a "vertigo of solitude" with his marriage dissolved, his only daughter grown and gone, and the log house he built by hand abandoned. "What did I love that made me believe it would last?" he asks. Something has to be true enough to be Taken for granted. In the hospital I saw An old man Caressing the face of an old woman. This same man, young, caressed her face In just that way. That's the stillness At the center of change- A sadness worth dying for, I swear- There is no other. -from "Dying into What I've Done" "James Galvin has a voice and a world, perhaps the two most difficult things to achieve in poetry."-The Nation "In James Galvin we have a superior poet."-American Book Review "Galvin's poems have the virtues of precise observation and original language, yes, but what he also brings to the table is a rigor of mind and firmness of phrasing which make the slightest of his poems an architectural pleasure."-Harvard Review James Galvin has published five collections of poetry, most recently Resurrection Update: Collected Poems 1975__1997, which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the Lenore Marshall/The Nation Prize. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed prose book, The Meadow and a novel, Fencing the Sky. He lives in Laramie, Wyoming, where he works as a rancher part of each year, and in Iowa City, where he is a member of the permanent faculty of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop.

Little Dantesque
Dear May Eighth
Dear Nobody's Business
Wild Irises on Dirty Woman Creek
Alpenrose Growing by the Door
Rolling Sun
Show-and-Tell
Prevailing Wind
Fire Season
Ponderosa
Earthquake
So Long
Dying into What I've Done
Limber Pines
Promises Are for Liars
Bad Samaritans
Ought
Jet Stream
Double Rainbow
Upslope
Conflagration of Opposites
Freezing Rain
Heat Waves in Winter Distance
River Edged with Ice
Winter Solstice Full Moon at Perigee
January Thaw
Leap Year
Show Me Your Original Face, the Face You Had Before Your Parents Were Born
Cherry Blossoms Blowing in Wet, Blowing Snow
Nature, beside Herself
Sunset through Spring Snow
Depending on the Wind
Putting Down the Night
Splinters of the True Cross
Nature Averts Her Eyes
1,2,3
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