Ocean Effects: Poems

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LSU Press, 2007 - Poetry - 79 pages
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Sharply observed and metaphorically inventive, Ocean Effects is a worthy follow-up to Galvin's National Book Award finalist Habitat. It includes a new vein of Galvin's trademark richly observed lyric poems on the biota, landscapes, and weathers of coastal New England. Seascapes and the natural world bracket sequences spoken by personae as various as the seventeenth-century American colonist Roger Williams, small-town cops, a squatter in the ruins of Chernobyl, a nineteenth-century Russian general in Mongolia, and a Cape Cod carpenter. Galvin's monologues, tensile and energetic free verse, are touched with the speech of the historical periods in which they take place.
 

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Galvin (Habitat) may be known as a nature poet, but the real strength in this very readable volume lies in the people who speak through it, in the dramatic monologues, epistolary impersonations and ... Read full review

Contents

Forty Pines
3
Ocean Effect
10
A Reliquary
17
Przhevalsky
25
These Little Town Blues
37
Moxie Hogans Alibi
43
Letter from George Ludlow Merchant to Roger Williams
49
Canoeing with Master Williams
62
Letter from Cold Harbor
75
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