Shape of the Journey New and Collected Poems

ISBN-10: 1556591497

ISBN-13: 9781556591495

Edition: 2000

Authors: Jim Harrison

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Here is the definitive collection of poetry from one of America's best-loved writers-now available in paperback. With the publication of this book, eight volumes of poetry were brought back into print, including the early nature-based lyrics of Plain Song, the explosive Outlyer & Ghazals, and the startling "correspondence" with a dead Russian poet in Letters to Yesenin. Also included is an introduction by Harrison, several previously uncollected poems, and "Geo-Bestiary," a 34-part paean to earthly passions. The Shape of the Journey confirms Jim Harrison's place among the most brilliant and essential poets writing today. "Behind the words one always feels the presence of a passionate, exuberant man who is at the same time possessed of a quick, subtle intelligence and a deeply questioning attitude toward life. Harrison writes so winningly that one is simply content to be in the presence of a writer this vital, this large-spirited."-The New York Times Book Review "(An) untrammelled renegade genius_ here's a poet talking to you instead of around himself, while doing absolutely brilliant and outrageous things with language."-Publishers Weekly "Readers can wander the woods of this collection for a lifetime and still be amazed at what they find."-Booklist (starred review.) When the cloth edition of this book was first published, it immediately became one of Copper Canyon Press's all-time bestsellers. It was featured on Garrison Keillor's Writer's Almanac, became a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and was selected as one of the "Top-Ten Books of 1998" by Booklist. Jim Harrison is the author of twenty books, including Legends of the Fall and The Road Home. He has also written numerous screenplays and served as the food columnist for Esquire magazine. He lives in Michigan and Arizona. Dead Deer Amid pale green milkweed, wild clover, a rotted deer curled, shaglike, after a winter so cold the trees split open. I think she couldn't keep up with the others (they had no place to go) and her food, frozen grass and twigs,
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Book details

List price: $20.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Copper Canyon Press
Publication date: 9/1/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 484
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

Jim Harrison was born December 11, 1937 in Grayling, Mich. to Winfield and Norma Harrison. After receiving his B.A. from Michigan State University in 1960 and his M.A. from the same school in 1964, Harrison briefly taught English at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Legends of the Fall, written in 1979, was Harrison's first major work of fiction. Published as a set of three novellas, entitled Revenge, The Man Who Gave Up His Last Name, and Legends of the Fall, the trilogy explores the theme of revenge and the effect it has on all of those involved. In 1994, Harrison wrote the screenplay based on the novella Legends of the Fall for a feature film starring Anthony Hopkins and Brad Pitt. The epic western saga, told amidst the backdrop of World War I, details the lives of three brothers who are in love with the same woman. Another of Harrison's novels, Dalva, was adapted as a made-for-television movie featuring Rod Steiger and Farrah Fawcett in the lead roles. Besides writing numerous novels and screenplays, Harrison has contributed poems to numerous anthologies, and has also written stories, articles, reviews, and poems for various publications.

Introduction
Poem
Sketch for a Job-Application Blank
David
Exercise
A Sequence of Women
Northern Michigan
Returning at Night
Fair/Boy Christian Takes a Break
Morning
Kinship
February Suite
Traverse City Zoo
Reverie
Fox Farm
Nightmare
Credo, After E.P.
Dusk
Lisle's River
Three Night Songs
Cardinal
"This is cold salt ...,"
John Severin Walgren, 1874-1962
Garden
Horse
Malediction
Word Drunk
Young Bull
Park at Night
Going Back
Hitchhiking
Sound
Dead Deer
Li Ho
Complaint
Return
Walking
Suite to Fathers
Suite to Appleness
The Sign
War Suite
American Girl
Lullaby for a Daughter
Sequence
Cold August
Night in Boston
February Swans
Thin Ice
Natural World
Moving
White
After the Anonymous Swedish
Dawn Whiskey
Legenda
A Year's Changes
Locations
In Interims: Outlyer
Trader
Hospital
Cowgirl
Drinking Song
Awake
Notes on the Ghazals
Ghazals: I-LXV
Letters: 1-30
Postscript
A Last Ghazal
A Domestic Poem for Portia
Missy 1966-1971
Four Matrices
North American Image Cycle
Returning to Earth
Not Writing My Name
Frog
Rooster
Epithalamium
A Redolence for Nims
Followers
My First Day As a Painter
Waiting
Noon
Birthday
Clear Water 3
Dogen's Dream
Weeping
The Chatham Ghazal
Marriage Ghazal
March Walk
The Woman from Spiritwood
Gathering April
Walter of Battersea
After Reading Takahashi
The Theory and Practice of Rivers
Kobun
Looking Forward to Age
Homily
Southern Cross
Sullivan Poem
Horse
Cobra
Porpoise
The Brand New Statue of Liberty
The Times Atlas
New Love
What He Said When I Was Eleven
Acting
My Friend the Bear
Cabin Poem
Rich Folks, Poor Folks, and Neither
Dancing
The Idea of Balance Is to Be Found in Herons and Loons
Small Poem
Counting Birds
Preface
After Ikkyu: 1-57
The Davenport Lunar Eclipse
Coyote No. I
Time Suite
North
Bear
Twilight
Return to Yesenin
Sonoran Radio
Hello Walls
Scrubbing the Floor the Night a Great Lady Died
The Same Goose Moon
Geo-Bestiary: 1-34
Index of Titles
Index of First Lines
About the Author
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