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The bower

Author: Connie Voisine
Publisher: Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2019.
Series: Phoenix poets.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Poetry : EnglishView all editions and formats
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How can a person come to understand wars and hatreds well enough to explain them truthfully to a child? The Bower engages this timeless and thorny question through a recounting of the poet-speaker's year in Belfast, Ireland, with her young daughter. The speaker immerses herself in the history of Irish politics--including the sectarian conflict known as The Troubles--and gathers stories of a painful, divisive past  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Poetry
Genealogy
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Voisine, Connie.
Bower.
Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2019
(DLC) 2018035073
(OCoLC)659027598
Named Person: Bowers family.
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Connie Voisine
ISBN: 9780226613819 022661381X
OCLC Number: 1082864933
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Intro; The summer before we packed for Belfast; Pieces of the day; In the books I've read and talks I've heard; At the Victorian B and B in Derry; The gift to our girl is a book of Irish legends; I use money like a stranger; I'm back at the museum; No rest until Ireland is united; The shore of sleep recedes too far; The groomed Botanic Gardens; We've all done it; The dead will walk; A friend calls from America; In the story by Saki; Belfast's murals; The visitation of the jovial; Either the children; A root of balm; As we are walking into Belfast; Titanic Belfast; I wake. I am older It was our privilege to serveA cabdriver told us; Was there ever a movie lover; The children of Lir are not immune; A series of clicks and I find an essay; Was Judas's sin that he betrayed Jesus; I walk along the Lagan; I read about Denis Donoghue; The epistemology of, nature and scope; And weren't they at it all night; After nine hundred years; As of late too much in the past; Gerard scowls; Achilles weeps over Hector's body; Let there be a firmament; Pieces of the end of a day; Notes
Series Title: Phoenix poets.
Responsibility: Connie Voisine.
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How can a person come to understand wars and hatreds well enough to explain them truthfully to a child? The Bower engages this timeless and thorny question through a recounting of the poet-speaker's year in Belfast, Ireland, with her young daughter. The speaker immerses herself in the history of Irish politics--including the sectarian conflict known as The Troubles--and gathers stories of a painful, divisive past from museum exhibits, newspapers, neighbors, friends, local musicians, and cabbies. Quietly meditative, brooding, and heart-wrenching, these poems place intimate moments between mother and daughter alongside images of nationalistic violence and the angers that underlie our daily interactions. A deep dive into sectarianism and forgiveness, this timely and nuanced book examines the many ways we are all implicated in the impulse to "protect our own" and asks how we manage the histories that divide us.

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"Meditations, ruminations, history, nature, fables, folklore, family, and travel -- daily events; painterly scenes -- all carefully crafted within the city of Belfast and delivered in 80 pages of Read more...

 
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