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Nature : poems old and new

Author: May Swenson
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1994.
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"What Swenson responds to and values in the world, its essential freedom," writes Susan Mitchell in her foreword to Nature, "is the very quality that is most striking in her as a poet. ... This is a world looked at through love, through generosity of spirit." Nature, the first major compendium of May Swenson's poems in a decade, concentrates on 182 magnificent nature poems drawn from nearly fifty years of work.
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Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Swenson, May.
Nature.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1994
(DLC) 93045642
(OCoLC)29520953
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: May Swenson
OCLC Number: 624400460
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (xxiii, 240 pages)
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: Frontispieces: Come in go out --
Living tenderly --
Untitled --
Day is laid by --
On its way --
How to be old --
View to the north --
Exchange. Selves: Truth is forced --
Lake scene --
Centaur --
Earth your dancing place --
Crossing --
Polar's shadow --
I look at my hand --
If I had children --
Dream --
Laocoon dream recorded in diary dated 1943 --
Cabala --
Sunday in the country --
Beast --
Mornings innocent --
Evolution --
Love sleeping --
Blue --
What I did on a rainy day --
Lying and looking --
Almanac --
Green red brown and white --
Loaf of time --
Forest --
Thickening mat --
Deciding --
Beauty of the head --
Daffodildo --
Question --
Birthday --
Above the Arno --
Manyone flying --
Lightning --
On the edge --
Subject of the waves --
At Truro --
October --
Digging in the garden of age I uncover a live boot --
This morning --
Scroppo's dog --
Horse --
Bleeding --
Hearing the wind at night --
Fluffy stuff --
Weather --
Yes, the mystery --
Little rapids --
Downward --
Subconscious sea --
Rusty autumn --
I will lie down --
Secure --
Still turning --
Order of diet --
Alyscamps at Arles --
Trinity Churchyard, spring 1961 --
Nature --
Feel me --
Death, great smoothener --
Last day --
Engagement. Days: Day like Rousseau's dream --
Spring uncovered --
April light --
City garden in April --
Water picture --
Tree in spring --
In the yard --
Rain at Wildwood --
Catbird in redbud --
Shu Swamp, spring --
One morning in New Hampshire --
Sketch for a landscape --
Flag of summer --
Haymaking --
Summer's bounty --
Her management. Feathers: On Addy Road --
Camoufleur --
Angels at "Unsubdued" --
Woods at night --
Snowy --
Fountain piece --
Snow geese at Jamaica Bay --
One of the strangest --
Pigeon woman --
Pair --
Willets --
Goodbye, Goldeneye --
Camping in Madera Canyon --
Above Bear Lake --
October textures --
Waterbird --
New pair --
Another spring uncovered --
Feel like a bird --
Stripping and putting on. Makings: Playhouse --
Dear Elizabeth --
In the bodies of words --
"Spring" by Robert Lowell (photograph of Trudi Fuller) --
Picasso: "Dream." Oil. 1932 --
Naked in Borneo --
My farm --
Red bird tapestry --
Dream after Nanook --
Goodnight. Instincts: News from the cabin --
Alternate hosts --
Couple --
Fable for when there's no way out --
Zambesi and Ranee --
Bronco busting, event #1 --
Motherhood --
Wednesday at the Waldorf --
Bison crossing near Mt. Rushmore --
Death invited --
Big-hipped nature --
Each like a leaf --
All that time --
Out of the sea, early --
Gods/Children --
Process. Heavens: Once there were glaciers --
Sleeping overnight on the shore --
Day moon --
Cloud-mobile --
Cumuli --
Flying home from Utah --
Landing on the moon --
Orbiter 5 shows how earth looks from the moon --
After the flight of Ranger 7 --
Of rounds --
Comet watch on Indian Key --
night of April 10, 1986 --
Seeing Jupiter --
Solar corona --
As long ago as far away --
Skopus --
Survey of the whole. Visions: Look closer --
Navajo blanket --
By morning --
North Rim --
Speed --
Garden at St. John's --
Surface --
On handling some small shells from the Windward Islands --
Any object --
Fountains of Aix. Waters: Ocean, whale-shaped --
Sea --
From Sea Cliff, March --
Staring at the sea on the day of the death of another --
Promontory moment --
Early morning: Cape Cod --
Running on the shore --
Captain Holm --
St. Augustine-by-the-Sea --
Stone gullets --
How everything happens (based on a study of the wave) --
At first, at last --
Swimmers --
Waking from a nap on the beach --
Beginning to squall --
Hurricane at sea --
Old no. I --
Zero in the cove --
November night --
Overboard --
Wave and the dune --
Blue bottle --
Stick --
Even sea --
Tide at Long Point. Afterpiece: Incantation.
Responsibility: May Swenson.
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"What Swenson responds to and values in the world, its essential freedom," writes Susan Mitchell in her foreword to Nature, "is the very quality that is most striking in her as a poet. ... This is a world looked at through love, through generosity of spirit." Nature, the first major compendium of May Swenson's poems in a decade, concentrates on 182 magnificent nature poems drawn from nearly fifty years of work. Swenson, who died in 1989, ranks among the foremost poets of this century; she is certainly one of the most sensuous and joyful and has a huge following.

The special quality of Swenson's work has won her love and praise from all schools of poetry. "Surely no one, scientist or poet," wrote poet laureate Howard Nemerov, "has seen things ... so clearly as she, and surely no one has made seeing and saying so nearly one." Her visions, though idiosyncratic, appeal to every kind of viewer. In this wonderful collection, the reader will find poems in rhyme and out of it, poems in odd shapes and forms, poems of praise and observation and sensuous delight. They gather themselves under rubrics of the natural world: Frontispieces, Selves, Days, Feathers, Makings, Instincts, Heavens, Visions, Waters, and an Afterpiece. To enter the ocean of these poems is to enter the ocean of the self, a self that feels itself at one with the natural world.

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