The Abacus of Years: Poems

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David R. Godine Publisher, 2002 - Poetry - 84 pages
There are two topics that seem largely unexplored by American poets of our time. One is the deep attachment parents (and perhaps most especially working parents) form for their infants and how they perceive their children (perhaps as Blake saw them) with all the wisdom of their innocence. The second is the relationship of science, mathematics and metaphysics to our everyday life. Here is a book that explores, and to some degree attempts to define, the writer's investigations in those two domains, one stemming from her experience as a mother, the other from her profession as a philosopher of science. And it is this juxtaposition of maternal emotion and detached, almost clinical, analysis that provides Grosholz's wonderful new collection with such grace and such power.
 

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Contents

The Abacus of Years
3
Willows I
16
Did and Did Not Buy
29
Where the Sky Used to Be
41
Revisiting the Church of the Holy Sepulcher
47
Le Déjeuner sur lherbe
55
Weathering 6
61
The Historians Pursuit
75
Ithaka
81
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