Rain on the River: Selected Poems and Short Prose

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Grove/Atlantic, Inc., Dec 1, 2007 - Poetry - 144 pages
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While Jim Dodge is internationally known for his fiction, his first and abiding passion is poetry. After eighteen years of publishing anonymously and reading only to local crowds in the Pacific Northwest, he began to issue occasional limited-edition letterpress chapbooks with a small press, as well as occasional broadsides and, since 1987, a winter solstice poem or story, most given as gifts to friends. Rain on the River contains work collected here for the first time, as well as three dozen previously unpublished poems. Dodge's poems and short prose offer the same pleasures as his fiction -- a splendid ear for language, great emotional range and subtlety, a sharp eye for the illuminating detail, and a sensibility that encompasses outright hilarity, savage wit, and tender marvel, all made eminently accessible through writing of uncompromising clarity and grace. "Like being at a nonstop party in celebration of everything that matters." -- Thomas Pynchon "A rollicking, frequently surprising adventure-cum-fairy tale. It also has a sweetness about it and an indigenous American optimism." -- The New York Times Book Review "Diverse, savvy, passionate.... Poetry should be a pleasure, and Jim Dodge's work is just that." -- Gary Snyder
 

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Contents

Learning to Talk
3
The Cookie Jar
4
Things Thought Through
7
On Balance
8
Decomposition
9
Psycho Ecology
10
Life of the Spirit
11
Aweigh
12
Basic Precepts and Avuncular Advice for Young Men
61
Killing
62
Short Prose
65
The Banker
67
The Real Last Words of Billy the Kid
69
The Moving Part of Motion
71
How About
72
Necessary Angels
75

TaotoTao
16
To Be
17
Practice Practice Practice
19
Wisdom and Happiness
20
Red Sails
22
Squall Commotion
23
Slow Learner
24
Bathing Joe
25
Mahogany China
30
The First Cut Is the Deepest
31
Waiting for Houdini to Come Up
32
The Countessa
33
Venison Stew
35
Winter Song
37
On Mating Donkeys and Onions
38
Watering the Garden on the Hottest Day of the Summer
39
Palms to the Moon
40
A Firmer Grasp of the Obvious
41
The Work of Art
42
Steelhead Fishing Smith River January
43
The Third Bank of the River
45
Green Side Up
46
One Thing After Another
47
A Meditation upon Witnessing a Bullfrog Fucking a Rock
48
Fishing Devils Hole at the Peak of Spring
51
Getting After It
55
How to Catch the Biggest Fish
56
Hard Work
57
There It Is
58
Knowing When to Stop
59
Vacation Expenses
60
Prayer Bones
76
Magic and Beauty
78
Day Moon
80
Karma Bird
81
The Tunnel
82
Hagerty Wrecks Another Company Truck
84
Obsession
85
Love Find
86
Flux
87
Thanks for the Dance
88
The Stone
89
Woman in a Room Full of Rubber Numbers
90
Reason to Live
91
Scratch
92
Salvage
93
An Epithalamium for Victoria
95
Falling into Place
97
PlayByPlay
98
Job Application
99
The Mouth of the River
100
The Prior and Subsequent Heavens
101
Old Growth
103
Three Ways to Get the Carrot on the Stick
107
Eurydice Ascending
108
The Drought of 76
110
True Account of the Saucer People
111
About Time
112
Smithereens
118
Jack o Hearts Shopping Mortmart
119
Holy Shit
120
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About the author (2007)

Jim Dodge is the author of Fup, Not Fade Away, Stone Junction, and three chapbooks of poetry. He lives in Arcata, CA.

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