Season of the Second Thought (Wisconsin Poetry Series)

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en Limba Engleză Paperback – November 2017
Winner of the Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry, selected by Robert Wrigley

Season of the Second Thought begins in a deep blue mood, longing to find words for what feels beyond saying. Lynn Powell's poems journey through the seasons, quarreling with the muse, reckoning with loss, questioning the heart and its "pedigree of Pentecost," and seeking out paintings in order to see inside the self. With their crisp observations and iridescent language, these poems accumulate the bounty of an examined life. These lines emerge from darkness into a shimmering equilibrium—witty, lush, and hard-won.
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ISBN-13: 9780299315344
ISBN-10: 0299315347
Pagini: 72
Dimensiuni: 152 x 229 x 13 mm
Greutate: 0.14 kg
Editura: University of Wisconsin Press
Colecția University of Wisconsin Press
Seria Wisconsin Poetry Series


"Let Powell's images and figures wash over you. They can be deft and unobtrusive, but they will stick with you; they will illuminate what otherwise might be dark. A poet so sure-handed is irresistible. Dazzling." —Robert Wrigley

"Not just written, but wrought. Powell's new poems deftly combine keen observation with perfect pitch, and their rich chiaroscuro renders them vibrant and painterly as the Dutch masters they often reference. The current running through her lines leaves me shivering with excitement and gratitude." —R. T. Smith, author of In the Night Orchard

Notă biografică

Lynn Powell teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Oberlin College, where she directs Oberlin's Writers-in-the-Schools Program. She has published two previous collections of poetry: Old & New Testaments, winner of the Brittingham Prize in Poetry, and The Zones of Paradise. Her nonfiction book Framing Innocence won the Studs & Ida Terkel Award.


I’ve tried, like a peony, to explain myself
in a hundred dark petals or less.
I’ve been clear as the insatiable hands of the rain.
I’ve been Rachmaninoff and ragweed, cornflowers and castanets,
sunset swollen behind me like a red crescendo.
Yes, I’ve worn my heart up my sleeve. And Lord knows
I’ve been love’s bull’s-eye—
Saint Sebastiana of the Backslid Baptists.
—excerpt from “Tantrum, with Mistletoe” © Lynn Powell. All rights reserved.


Kind of Blue              
Alberta Clipper                      
Feedback for the Muse                      
No Proust, No Stevens, No Nietzsche                       
Woman in Blue Reading a Letter                  
Love Poem from the Wrong Side of the Rain                       
Fragments of a Lost Gospel               
Gale Force Hymn                   
Slow Elegy from Afar           
July’s Proverb            
Indian Summer                      
October Edge             
Species of Idolatry                 
On the Silver Anniversary of a Heartbreak               
Master Class               
In the Thin-Lipped, Purifying Weather                     
Postcard to the Muse             
In Another Aftermath            
A Scherzo for Sadness                       
The Argument for Zero                      
Voice Overs               
Tantrum, with Mistletoe                    
Duet for Ecclesiastes and Dutch Weather                 
Vernal Knowledge                 
“The Centuries Have a Way of Being Male—”                     
Assorted Angels                    
Needing the Baroque             
The Moon Rising                   
Aubade for the Muse             
Summer Songs in the Key of X                     
Driftings at Anchor                
At the Equinox