By Billy Collins, Geoffrey O'Brien
Bartlett's Poems for events, an pleasing, thought-provoking significant other to the bestselling Bartlett's common Quotations, is the booklet to show to for any circumstance-from delivery to demise and every little thing in among. below the course of esteemed poet and author Geoffrey O'Brien, Bartlett's Poems for events will motivate you to show to poetry to have a good time a brand new child or marriage, toast a colleague, cheer a graduate, honor a birthday, bring a eulogy, or upload zest to a vacation get together. it's the ideal approach to the age-old query, What should still I say?
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Even they will wash away"). The poems of "Interval and Final Day's Concerts" lay out the ba- Page xiii sis of this counterpointingin the figure, for example, of a phonograph needle on a record scratching out an ars poetica: Point in these words takes up the turning subject after the silence after what was meant last. At renewal. And again in the following poem: Where alternative interrupts alternative no idea lives long enough to see through and is barely music. The invocation of music throughout the book is not gratuitous; the sounds of speech, the movements of syntax, and the rhythms of meaning become in these poems a complex musical art.
With the Dead Rest 17 VIII. The Cobra Standing 18 IX. We can Run out of our Side, 19 X. Blood: someone says it's not 20 XI. The Fast Storm Sky Wiped so Suddenly 21 XII. The Walls become Whole 22 XIII. The Builders Baled Chambers 23 XIV. I Pull a Curtain of the Great Cats 24 XV. The Local/Elevations 25 XVI. No 26 XVII. A Carnival of Bald Deer 27 XVII. The Rule of the Spirits Guesses 28 XIX. The Fireworks Mariner 29 XX. You have to Run Forward 30 XXI. Their Body Holding 31 XXII. I Walk Nights 32 XXIII.
Her brain a clear mammillary structure crypt and dry. the nerves' story that start is not upon once, and time can take up anytime. and body any story from any cover. Page 69 VIII. They say when off the solid ground of all nowhere a chill steps into shaking that bog of nerve -tangle the back muscles like mosses fire in (the ignis fatuus through low spore clouds) that someone has just walked across your grave. Whole armies have swept back and forth across this trigger hair of property this year Page 70 IX.