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Breathing room : new poems

Author: Peter Davison
Publisher: New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Many of the lively poems in this collection map the temporal location of elderhood -- the frustrating, miraculous senescence of a body and mind self-aware with a whole lived life. Davison creates with words the space for an idea to "breathe" in the mind of the reader -- words written with one eye on death's inevitable finale.
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Genre/Form: Poetry
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Davison, Peter.
Breathing room.
New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 2000
(OCoLC)606403991
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Davison
ISBN: 0375411046 9780375411045
OCLC Number: 43487279
Description: x, 63 p. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Catches of Breath: A Foreword --
Spell at a Studio in Italy --
No Escape --
Confederates --
Dust Bowl --
On Mount Timpanogos, 1935 --
As I Live and Breathe and Have My Being --
Love Between Novices --
Sorry (In Memory of Sylvia Plath) --
Ring of Rings --
You --
Seaside Summer Quarry --
Best Friend --
Phantom Pain --
Little Death --
My Father's Hundredth Birthday --
The Rituals --
Losing It --
Accustomed to Existence --
Two Perplexities: 1. Forgetting Names --
Two Perplexities: 2. What Ails You --
Steep --
These Days --
Prayer to the Verb --
Getting Over Robert Frost --
Glittering Trout --
Villa dei Pini --
Pathway --
Under the Language Sea --
A History of Reading --
Farmer & Wife --
For Lack of a Treaty --
Ruffed Grouse --
Two Snapping Turtle: 1. June Clutch --
Two Snapping Turtle: 2. September Hatch --
To a Tame Plant --
Walking Through the Big Dig --
Like No Other --
Falling Water --
Breathing Room --
A Ballad --
The Level Path --
No Escape.
Responsibility: Peter Davison.
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Many of the lively poems in this collection map the temporal location of elderhood -- the frustrating, miraculous senescence of a body and mind self-aware with a whole lived life. Davison creates with words the space for an idea to "breathe" in the mind of the reader -- words written with one eye on death's inevitable finale.

This is a poetry deeply concerned with the word as a physical product of mind, mouth and air. The lucid phrasing and rhythms linger. Davison urges us to commit these poems to memory.

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