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After the fire : a writer finds his place

Author: Paul Zimmer
Publisher: Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"We all dream of finding the place we can be most ourselves, the landscape that seems to have been crafted just for us. The poet Paul Zimmer has found his: a farm in the driftless hills of southwestern Wisconsin, a region of rolling land and crooked rivers, "driftless" because here the great glaciers of the Patrician ice sheet split widely, leaving behind a heart-shaped area untouched by crushing ice." "After the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Paul Zimmer; Paul Zimmer; Paul Zimmer
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Zimmer
ISBN: 081664019X 9780816640195
OCLC Number: 48399318
Description: xxvii, 229 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Acknowledgments --
Prologue : finding home --
Strangers in friendly places --
Trees --
Sky --
Poetry --
Neighbors --
Birds --
Making poetry --
Library --
Insects and arachnids --
Grasses, fruits, plants --
Gardening --
Coyotes, foxes, wolves --
Taking a punch --
Deer --
The hunt --
The blind world --
Trouble --
Dogs --
Old jazz --
Young jazz --
Winter --
The condition of my faith --
Spring --
Summer --
The catcher --
Dairy days --
Autumn.
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"We all dream of finding the place we can be most ourselves, the landscape that seems to have been crafted just for us. The poet Paul Zimmer has found his: a farm in the driftless hills of southwestern Wisconsin, a region of rolling land and crooked rivers, "driftless" because here the great glaciers of the Patrician ice sheet split widely, leaving behind a heart-shaped area untouched by crushing ice." "After the Fire is the story of Zimmer's journey from his boyhood in Canton, Ohio, and his days as a soldier during atomic tests in the Nevada desert, to his many years as a writer and publisher, and the rural tranquillity of his present life. Zimmer juxtaposes timeless rustic subjects with flashbacks to key moments: his first and only boxing match, his return to the France of his ancestors, his painful departure from the publishing world after forty years. These stories are full of humor and pathos, keen insights and poignant meditations, but the real center of the book is the abiding beauty of the driftless hills, the silence and peace that is the source of and reward for Zimmer's hard-won wisdom. Above all, it is a consideration of the ways that nature provides deep meaning and solace, and of the importance of finding the right place."--BOOK JACKET.

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