Hazard and Prospect: New and Selected Poems

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LSU Press, 2007 - Poetry - 174 pages
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Lyrical beauty and power, imposing metaphor, and thought both deep and precise are hallmarks of Kelly Cherry's poetry, on view in Hazard and Prospect: New and Selected Poems. With a dazzling mastery and range of tone, technique, form, and ideas, Cherry presents a lifetime of powerful writing that coheres into a single, seamless work. In it she responds to the natural world, to philosophical dilemmas, to spiritual longing, to political, ethical, and aesthetic questions, and, most powerfully, to love and loss. She shows us in sometimes searing poems where the hazards lie, and in transcendent verse a new, bright prospect, a green place on a farm in Virginia where time slows and holds and happiness abides.
 

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Contents

The Family
3
Ithaca 0
10
In Memoriam 6
16
The Bride of Quietness
23
Fission
29
At Night Your Mouth
35
An Epithalamion 4
41
Man on the Hall
49
Forecast
68
A Diminishing Chord Modulating into Nihilism
74
Reading Dreaming Hiding
89
The Same Rose
115
The Radical
121
The Horse at Dusk
127
And Then
136
God in the South
143

Paranoia
55
Family Life in the Twentieth Century 6
61
notes
173
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