Rooms of Grace: New and Selected Poems

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New Orleans Poetry Journal, 2005 - Poetry - 226 pages
Petrie's work is extraordinarily accomplished; he is one of the few practicing poets that has written with complete command in traditional forms and in a free verse of his own stamp. To find in our poetry a work of equal resourcefulness and a craft of such sureness is almost impossible. I think of Roethke, for like Roethke he seems able to move into any form he chooses and still maintain that unmistakable voice that is his and marks his work with what we come to call the genuine ... --Philip Levine.
 

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Contents

Childs Dream Song
5
The Punishment
12
The Throw
19
Funeral Suite
25
Young Lovers Song
31
Elegy for an Unrelated Cousin
37
Poem on My Mothers Birthday
43
For Emily Ruth
47
Checkmate
90
The Old Poet Looks at the Night Sky
109
The Old Pros Lament
115
Pegasus
121
In the Tower
127
A Vote for Lots Wife
134
The Bow of Ulysses
140
Mirage
171

Visit to the Cemetery
54
Lament for the March King
60
A Sunny Day in Settignano
66
Property II
72
The Armor
78
The Transaction
84
The Death of a Poem
178
Homecoming
184
Chain
191
Things
207
Fantasia on the Deaths of Mallory and Irvine
220
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