Hawks on Wires: Poems, 2005-2010

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LSU Press, 2011 - Poetry - 94 pages
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Dave Smith's sixteenth poetry collection chronicles the arc of almost sixty years living in the American South. From dusty sawmills to the ubiquitous Waffle House, Hawks on Wires stages both mortal and comic dramas that speak to the poet's autumnal acceptance of himself and the South.


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The Holy Mother of Connecticut Avenue
The Holy Mother of Connecticut Avenue
Early Bird Dog Training
June Bug
Bow Cleat
Rubber Men
Seventeen Parts of a Duck
Jury Duty
Weekend Getaway
Rons Cat
Failure of Fishing
Christmas Concert with Violin
Christmas Concert with Violin

Colored Store
Fig Tree
Skating Waitress at the Circle DriveIn
Allen Wheelers Love Tale
Croaker Bucket
Bourbon in a Cup
Department E7
Department E7
Moment of Here
My Fathers Tools
A Gift Boat
Ruffed Grouse Feedingon Moonseed Berries
Blue Heron
Woman Snake Percy Sledge
Frans Barn
Photograph of a Waterman Bull Island Virginia Circa 1970
A Dream of a Bat
Red Dress
Tongue and Groove
The Ordinary Animal
Dry Cleaner
Cumberland Reunion
Hawks on Wires
Two Funerals in the House
A Drink for Peterless
Goose Blind
Ode to Waffle House
Ode to Waffle House

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About the author (2011)

Dave Smith is the author of many books of poetry, fiction, criticism, and memoir, including The Wick of Memory: New and Selected Poems, 1970--2000, and Little Boats, Unsalvaged: Poems, 1992--2004. Former editor of The Southern Review, he is now Elliott Coleman Professor of Poetry and chairman of the Writing Seminars at The Johns Hopkins University. He has received numerous honors, including fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Rockefeller Foundation, and membership in the Fellowship of Southern Writers.

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