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River inside the river : three lyric sequences

Author: Gregory Orr
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2013]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Poetry : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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A poet, author, and English professor retells the story of Adam and Eve in three sequences of verse that reflect his own spiritualism and describe the ancient and powerful human urge to recapture what is lost.
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Genre/Form: Poetry
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gregory Orr
ISBN: 9780393239744 0393239748 9780393349955 0393349950
OCLC Number: 811599504
Notes: "Poems"--Jacket cover.
Description: 124 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: To Speak --
To See --
To Write --
To Name --
The Parade --
To Noun --
To Verb --
Eve --
To Do --
To Feel --
To Long --
To No/To Know --
To Say --
To Choose --
To Smell --
To Fuck --
To Come --
To Embrace --
To Go --
To Stray --
To Leave --
To Squint --
Departure --
To Weep --
To Notice --
To Journey --
Still --
To Hope --
When --
Close --
To Love --
To Understand --
To Say/To Save --
Sometimes --
Now --
To Build --
The City of Poetry --
It would have erased everything human --
Some say Adam and Eve --
Bored in grade school --
I killed my younger brother --
Eighteen and a volunteer --
Who needs plaques --
A thousand roads lead to it ... Until I heard Neruda read --
Tang of salt in the walls --
You're invited to visit --
From the outside, these row houses --
So many brought here by water --
There's only one river --
Love overwhelms us --
It's not all spun sugar and gossamer --
Consider Francois Villon --
Coleridge was only a little stoned --
From a distance --
Not everyone in the city --
In the middle of my life --
Sometimes, the river --
White flag --
"0, thou opening 0 ..." --
Some as ephemeral --
Whenever its enemies besiege it ... Neglected for decades Sometimes, entering --
That poem I call --
I sat on the bank of a pond --
The life I live --
As I say aloud the opening line --
River Inside the River --
As an anthologist might gather --
The Book said we were mortal --
Knowing life grinds us --
Like fireflies hovering --
Each of us standing at a particular --
Yearning for permanence, and who wouldn't? --
Bald, high-domed Taoist sage --
Most poems --
"Why not a brief respite?" --
Note to self: remember --
Not to lead us away --
Cat curled asleep --
That surplus --
100 --
No tome so obscure --
Today a letter arrived --
So many to choose from --
I know now the beloved --
Memorize those lines you love --
When the coffin closed at last --
Set beside the world's --
Hardening the heart --
Sorrow is good --
First, there was shatter --
That song on the jukebox --
Intimacy not yet --
The beloved came --
Lucky poets us --
Lead of the heart --
He was hidden, then --
Dancing to her song --
The old philosopher, dying --
Doesn't the world demand --
If you believe Shakespeare's --
Sun-drenched, late --
Time is a wound that can't --
River inside the river.
Other Titles: Poems.
Responsibility: Gregory Orr.

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Three gorgeous poetic sequences that combine the intensity of lyric with the thematic scope and range of narrative and myth.  Read more...

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"Orr ranks as a great seer, casting a mythic spell over the reader with his technically attuned verse." -- Arlice Davenport - The Wichita Eagle "Orr's writing feels transcendent. Language shines, Read more...

 
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