Wideawake Field: Poems

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Macmillan, Apr 29, 2008 - Poetry - 88 pages
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The chairs have come in

and the crisp yellow thwock

of the ball being hit

says somehow, now that it's fall,

I'm a memory of myself.

My whole old life--

I mourn you sometimes

in places you would have been.

--October


The poems in this fierce debut are an attempt to record what matters. As a reporter's dispatches, they concern themselves with different forms of desolation: what it means to feel at home in wrecked places and then to experience loneliness and dislocation in the familiar. The collection arcs between internal and external worlds--the disappointment of returning, the guilt and thrill of departure, unexpected encounters in blighted places-- and, with ruthless observations etched in the sparest lines, the poems in Wideawake Field sharply and movingly navigate the poles of home and away.

  

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User Review  - Lk - Goodreads

Very powerful poems, some about tragic things, others more light. Well written. A good read-aloud book. Read full review

Review: Wideawake Field: Poems

User Review  - Goodreads

Very powerful poems, some about tragic things, others more light. Well written. A good read-aloud book. Read full review

Contents

Body
3
Back Matter
75
Back Cover
80
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About the author (2008)

Eliza Griswold is the recipient of the first Robert I. Friedman Prize in Investigative Journalism and is a Nieman Fellow in Journalism at Harvard University, where she is at work on a nonfiction book, The Tenth Parallel, also to be published by FSG.

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