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Description: 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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List price: $14.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Publication date: 3/10/2006
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.25" long x 0.25" tall
|The village in the lake|
|Sine Qua Non|
|Ubi Sunt lament for the eccentric museums of my childhood|
|Implements from the "tomb of the poet"|
|Visiting the grave of Rupert Brooke|
|An ancient dog grave, unearthed during construction of the Athens metro|
|The modern Greek for "nightmare" is Ephialtes|
|Dead language lesson|
|First love : a quiz|
|Flying colors : flags of convenience|
|"To Speke of Wo that is in marriage"|
|Alice, grown-up, at the cocktail party|
|Amateur iconography : resurrection|
|Empty icon frame|
|Exile : picture postcards|
|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|
|Song for the women poets|
|The song rehearsal|