Keep And Give Away: Poems

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University of South Carolina Press, 2006 - Literary Criticism - 88 pages
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Keep and Give Away was selected by Terrance Hayes as the inaugural winner of the South Carolina Poetry Book Prize sponsored by the South Carolina Poetry Initiative. In her first full-length collection, Susan Meyers guides us through her examination of life's ordinary moments and the seemingly ordinary images that abide in them to reveal the extraordinary. From minutia to marriage, crumbs to crows, nothing is too commonplace to escape her attention as she traverses terrains of childhood, loss, relationships, and death. Mostly lyrical and often elegiac, the poems of Keep and Give Away move along the rifts between the past and present, the lived and desired. The dominant emotions of the verses are deepened by observations rooted in our natural world, where birds are "yeses quickening the air" and the sky can "lap you up, and up." In the book's final section, marriage poems turn to fishing and gardening for their truths, contemplations that recognize the realities of a world governed by luck, imperfection, contraries, and-most of all-love.

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Contents

Ghazal of the Past
8
Alterations
21
Selling My Mothers House
32
Copyright

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About the author (2006)

SUSAN MEYERS wrote this story to celebrate all the babies born every day and the joy they bring to everyone around them. She lives in San Francisco, California.
MARLA FRAZEE has illustrated many acclaimed picture books, including "Hush, Little Baby: A Folk Song with Pictures," an ALA Notable Children's Book; "Mrs. Biddlebox;" and "Roller Coaster, "a "Parents "Magazine Best Book of the Year. She lives in Pasadena, California.

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