Enduring Ties: Poems of Family Relationships

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Grant Hardy
Steerforth Press, 2003 - Poetry - 209 pages
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THE 128 POEMS IN Enduring Ties celebrate family life, collecting in a single anthology the human story through poetic glimpses of our most intimate and committed relationships. Organized in sections that track the course of a single life — growing up, marrying, childbearing, parenting, growing older, parting, and inheriting — these short and accessible poems are drawn from twenty-five-hundred years of world literature: from Sappho to Nikki Giovanni and Elizabeth Bishop, from John Donne to Yehuda Amichai and James Merrill.
The ties of family life are universal, and Grant Hardy’s selection represents a multicultural experience. African American, Latino, and Asian American voices are all represented here, as are poetic traditions from around the world and through the ages, including a generous sampling from medieval China. Each poet affirms the strength and fragility of the long-term ties of kinship, the joy and pleasure set against the real possibility of disappointment and loss. And each poem in this volume is an expression of deep and abiding love, the kind that calls forth what is best in us and motivates us to keep trying.
Brief biographies of the poets and an appendix with notes on poetic form, using examples drawn from poems in the anthology, will inform readers drawn to experiencing these works again and again.

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Contents

Introduction i
3
Growing
11
Marrying
37
in Childbearing
63
Stephen Spender To My Daughter
87
Fleur Adcock For a FiveYearOld
93
Po Chui Children 94
187
Rita Dove Daystar 95
198
Linda Pastan The Happiest Day
125
David Wagoner My Father in the Basement
131
Donald Hall from Last Days
139
Robert Burns from A Poets Welcome
161
William Shakespeare from 2 Henry IV
167
LiYoung Lee Eating Together
173
Notes on Poetic Forms
179
Acknowledgments
197

Growing Older
113
David Ignatow Europe and America
119
Note on the Cover
204
Copyright

About the author (2003)

GRANT HARDY is an associate professor and chairman of the history department at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. He has degrees from Brigham Young University and Yale and is the author of Worlds of Bronze and Bamboo: Sima Qian’s Conquest of History. He and wife Heather just celebrated their twentieth anniversary. They have two children.

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