The Sound Boat: New and Selected Poems (Wisconsin Poetry Series)

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Judith Vollmer’s sixth collection explores human voices and geographies, stories and mysteries, and natural phenomena inside urban spaces. Her lyrical narratives, character portraits, locational investigations, and choral fragments often emerge from physical objects and from green and/or ruined cityscapes. Vollmer’s home city, Pittsburgh, and its sister-locations within Italy and Poland, undergird her attention to orientation and perception at work in her poems’ acutely visual studies.
Featuring twenty-one new and fifty-seven selected poems from her earlier volumes—The Apollonia Poems, The Water Books, Reactor, The Door Open to the Fire, and Level GreenThe Sound Boat reveals Vollmer’s devotion to examining place and space to uncover poetry that touches emotions related to wandering physical and emotional realms: some familial and deeply personal, some unknowable.
Old city, I’ve come East for your long day and endless night:
down in the street, between the turtle fountain and the iron head
the party shouts and sings, sweats and snakes, swells into a throb
or momentum of sound.
—Excerpt from “The Sound Boat”
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ISBN-13: 9780299336943
ISBN-10: 0299336948
Pagini: 182
Dimensiuni: 178 x 229 x 20 mm
Greutate: 0.32 kg
Ediția: First Edition, First Edition
Editura: University of Wisconsin Press
Colecția University of Wisconsin Press
Seria Wisconsin Poetry Series


“From the deeply moral and radical qualities of her first book to spectacular new poems, Vollmer has created a body of work singular in American poetry. With the sense, intellect, sound, tone, rhythm, and music only the most real and truest poetry provides, The Sound Boat embodies, on every level, the regions of the human soul.”—Lawrence Joseph
“Always at the center of Vollmer’s poems is her love and connection to the people she learned from: mothers, fathers, poets, artists, teachers, workers, literary ancestors, freedom fighters, and revolutionaries. You’ll find Thurgood Marshall in a poem with Rachel Carson; Rilke with Camus. No poet has captured more vividly that place that Pavese describes: the place that one ‘has it in his blood beyond anyone else’s understanding.’”—Toi Derricotte

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Judith Vollmer is the author of five previous collections, including The Apollonia Poems, which also won the Four Lakes Prize. Her writing has appeared in Poetry International, The Women’s Review of Books, The Georgia Review, and elsewhere. She is a professor emerita of English at the University of Pittsburgh–Greensburg and teaches privately.


New Poems
Roadside Tavern        
Young Jane Jacobs    
A Visit from Milosz  
Pittsburgh Maps         
Young George Harrison        
The Diagonals
Angel Dust Elegy      
Street Fair      
The Reader    
The Sound Boat         
The Immolation         
Little Body     
Old Red Dog  
Ars Poetica    
To a New Window    
The Ruined House     
An Elixir of Mica      
Vernal Equinox          
Open, Grove  
from The Apollonia Poems (2017)
Flower Meal  
Walking to Miami     
Another Green
Little Grandmother Pays an Evening Visit, Rolls Down Her Stockings and Looks Around                 
Very Smart   Very Proud       
Mother Comes            
Street Grate    
After Reading Another Book of Dull Poetry I Go Out and Cut the Grass  
Children of October   
In an Old Hotel          
The Vowel     
Copper, Gold, Olives, Wine  
Apollonia Is Restored to the Book    
from The Water Books (2012)
New Black Dress       
Field Near Rzeszow   
On the Tarmac at Dover Air Force Base       
To a Lamp      
Sticks Found in a Ravine       
My Orange     
Hole in the Sky          
The Bowl       
For Aaron Scheon      
I Take My Mother to See the Rothko Panels, 2007  
After Pavese’s “Grappa in September”         
from Reactor (2004)
The Coffee Line         
from Yucca Mountain Sequence       
Coffee with Narrative
In Praise of Camus at the End of His Century          
Port of Entry  
She Kept Me  
Note to the Mist         
from The Door Open to the Fire (1997)
My Sublimation         
Asleep at the 2001 Club, Early Seventies     
Poem at an Unmarked Grave 
The Sound of the Slap
Passing the Clinic in a Small Town   
The Night Trains       
We Built This City    
Eating Reagan
Star Gazing with My Brothers           
The Ecology of Baseball       
Tell Me about the Peacocks and Fountains   
Night Walks   
from Level Green (1990)
Moving to New York 
Father’s Magic Trick 
The Nuclear Accident at SL 1, Idaho Falls, 1961     
Looking for Level Green       
Fourteen Nights         
Sheila’s Flat   
My Grandmother’s Rags       
Smoking Cigars with Li Po