Carrying the Songs
Migrations of birds, people, words, and songs and the ravages of time are luminously explored in this collection of poems. At their core, the poems draw together the natural and human worlds through resonating, rhythmic prose. Included with the new poems in Carrying the Songs is a generous selection of the poems from Moya Cannon's earlier collections, Oar and The Parchment Boat. A word does not head out alone. It is carried about the way something essential, a blade, say, or a bowl, is brought from here to there when there is work to be done. Sometimes, after a long journey, it is pressed into a different service.: "A word does not head out alone // It is carried about the way something essential // a blade, say, or a bowl // is brought from here to there when there is work to be done // Sometimes, after a long journey // it is pressed into a different service. "
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