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Horses where the answers should have been : new and selected poems

Author: Chase Twichell
Publisher: Port Townsend, WA : Copper Canyon Press, [2010] ©2010
Edition/Format:   Print book : Poetry : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Twichell's first retrospective collection gathers poems from six previous books and adds nearly a book's worth of new poems, all in an accessible, plainspoken style of mostly free verse that renders poems as crystal clear as they are deep. Again and again, Twichell confronts the fact of loss and the transitory nature of life with acceptance and a melancholy hope spurred by close attention paid to the natural world:  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Poetry
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Chase Twichell
ISBN: 9781556593185 155659318X
OCLC Number: 456178290
Awards: Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, 2011
Description: xii, 255 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: From NORTHERN SPY. Inland --
A mysterious heart --
Northern lights --
This was a farm --
Reno --
Snow light --
The iris, that sexual flower --
Your eightieth --
The dim parade --
Like a caretaker --
Nostalgia for the future --
Watercress and ice --
The billowing lights --
His shoulders in the water --
from THE ODDS. Meteor showers, August 1968 --
Cedar needles --
Planet of smoke and cloud --
Evening, Herron's Farm --
Japanese weeping cherry --
The Hotel du Nord --
Rhymes for old age --
Paper white narcissus --
Words for synthesizer --
Abandoned house in late light --
Let X --
Electrical storm --
The colorless center of everything --
Translations from the rational --
Partita for solo violin --
from PERDIDO. Why all good music is sad --
A minor crush of cells --
The givens --
Dream of the interior --
Window in the shape of a diamond --
The shades of Grand Central --
Useless islands --
The condom tree --
Six belons --
Chanel No. 5 --
The blade of nostalgia --
Revenge --
Word silence --
O Miami --
from THE GHOST OF EDEN. Animal graves --
The pools --
Little snowscape --
The ruiner of lives --
The immortal pilots --
Snow in Condoland --
Bad movie, bad audience --
The devil I don't know --
The whirlpool --
Touch-me-not --
A seduction --
The city in the lilac --
White conclusion --
The rule of the North Star --
Aisle of dogs --
Ghost birches --
Silver slur --
City animals --
from THE SNOW WATCHER. Mistake --
Private airplane --
Girl riding bareback --
Glimpse --
Solo --
Animal languages --
Secrets --
Hologram --
Arsonist and fireman --
The innocent one --
Horse --
Saint Animal --
Decade --
Erotic energy --
A last look back --
Makeshifts --
Paint --
Hunger for something --
My taste for trash --
To the reader : The language of the cloud --
Today's lapses --
Stray --
To the reader : Polaroids --
Architecture --
To the reader : If you asked me --
To the reader : Twilight --
from DOG LANGUAGE. Skeleton --
The paper river --
Dangerous playgrounds --
A lamb by its ma --
cocktail music --
Auld Lang Syne --
Marijuana --
Bonsai --
Soul in space --
New England slate pane --
Cities of mind --
Tech help --
Arcade --
The ceiling --
Cinderblock --
Verizon --
My listener --
Dog biscuits --
Vestibule --
A negative of snow --
Monastery nights --
Work libido --
Thought satellite --
HORSE WHERE ANSWERS SHOULD HAVE BEEN : NEW POEMS. Snow-globe of Vesuvius --
The long bony faces of the mules --
Tourist traps --
Math trauma --
Tomboyhood --
Savin Rock --
Walky-talky --
My lethe --
Sideshows --
The dark rides --
Mask of a maiden --
Cold water --
Snakeskin --
Forensic interludes --
War porn --
Negligent worldicide --
The fifth precept --
Sayonara marijuana mon amour --
Playgrounds of being --
Clouds and water --
Tenderfoot --
How Zen ruins poets --
God-bad Zazen --
The fork --
Old-lady cautious on the stairs --
From a distance --
Zazen and opium.
Other Titles: Poems.
Responsibility: Chase Twichell.
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Twichell's first retrospective collection gathers poems from six previous books and adds nearly a book's worth of new poems, all in an accessible, plainspoken style of mostly free verse that renders poems as crystal clear as they are deep. Again and again, Twichell confronts the fact of loss and the transitory nature of life with acceptance and a melancholy hope spurred by close attention paid to the natural world: "Creatures are born from atoms, from air, / parentless, and drift like satellites/ out of a snowy tree," reads one early poem. One of Twichell's greatest skills is to depict nature as transcendent without making it seem anything but plainly natural, if mysterious: "Gravity draws down to me a halo/ whipped up of holy dust// or dust from outer space." Many poems also reflect Buddhist attitudes, reasons, perhaps, for their deep calm and acceptance. "Now when I can't sleep/ I say as a prayer/ the names of all the little brooks," she says. The new poems confront mortality with the same willingness: "A door blew open, and a black river/ flowed into my house."--Publishers Weekly.

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